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Living world, wet and dry environments

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), Science and Technology, Merimbula


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Living world, wet and dry environments explores the natural features of mangrove ecosystems. On this Stage 1, Science and Technology excursion at Merimbula Lake boardwalk students learn how organisms support each other in this unique environment.

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This Stage 1 excursion in Merimbula on the far South Coast gives students a first-hand experience exploring mangrove ecosystems.

Students will investigate and examine how and why animals and plants live and support each other throughout their life cycle in this unique mangrove environment. Through observations, discussions and hands-on activities, they'll learn about the habitat of living things, and how they change and reproduce at certain times of the year.

Learning activities include:

  • Dip-netting to examine some of the organisms living in the wetlands
  • Using binoculars to observe waterbird species
  • Modelling sand habitats on the beach to develop an understanding of living things and their environment
  • Observing animals and plant features
  • Sensory experiences

The excursion has been designed to support the K-6 features of the Science and Technology Syllabus.

For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers

Stage Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
Learning area Science and Technology
Student outcomes

ST1-4LW-S. Describes observable features of living things and their environments

ST1-2DP-T. Uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity

ST1-1WS-S. Observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas and comparing what they and others know


Students will:

  • Learn about the different features of animals from wet and dry environments
  • Observe insects and use dip-netting techniques to explore wet and dry environments
  • View mangrove environments and discuss the birdlife they support
  • Model sand habitats on the beach to develop an understanding of living things and their environment
  • Observe animal and plant features
  • Main a sensory connection to the environment

Excursion details


Monday to Friday during school term.

Guided. Available on request, subject to staff availability.
Easy. Guided activities along a flat boardwalk, then down onto the sand exploring the high and low tide areas of Merimbula lake, and amongst the mangroves.

$360 per group of 25 students (includes GST).

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Meet at the start of Merimbula Lake boardwalk, at the carpark near the bridge.
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