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Biodiversity survey

Stage 5 (Years 9-10), Science, Thredbo-Perisher area

Overview

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The biodiversity survey school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 5 (Years 9-10) students focuses on science. Investigate what 'biodiversity' means and use field equipment to assess the biodiversity of sample quadrats along a transect in the montane forest.

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Students use a variety of equipment and techniques to gather information about the soil, weather, plants, animals and impact of people on the area.

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

Stage Stage 5 (Years 9-10)
Key learning area Science
Student outcomes

SC5-15LW. Explains how biological understanding has advanced through scientific discoveries, technological developments and the needs of society

Objectives

Students will:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the term ‘biodiversity’ including genetic, species and ecosystem biodiversity
  • Explain why a biodiversity survey is conducted and how biodiversity can be measured
  • Use equipment and follow a sequence of instructions to measure and record biodiversity in the field
  • Conduct a biodiversity survey by completing individual and team tasks
  • Access information about local plants and animals from identified secondary sources such as reference books
  • Prepare posters and present information collected to an audience in a clear and concise fashion
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the relevance of data and information collected from a biodiversity survey.

Excursion details

When

Weekdays November to May.

Availability
Guided. Available on request.
Where
Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park
Duration
6hrs 30min
Grading
Easy. Short walk in terrain with uneven surfaces and no tracks.
Price

$300 per group for up to 25 students (includes GST). For groups over 25 conditions apply.

Accessibility
Medium
Meeting point
Kosciuszko Education Centre, Kosciuszko Road at Sawpit Creek, 14 kms from Jindabyne towards Perisher.
Equipment
provided
Yes. Teacher's notes and all worksheets, field scientific equipment, identification books and keys, resources and poster stationery are provided.
Booking
If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
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Park info

  • in the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • The Thredbo-Perisher area is open all year, but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues. Kosciuszko Road is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass in winter (June to October long weekends).
  • Park entry fees apply on Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road

    Winter (June to October long weekends): $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs from purchase); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day. Find out more about the winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of Year: $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day.

    Passes: Day passes, multi-day passes and annual All Parks Pass available from NPWS visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for 5 days park entry at price of 4 days (not valid winter). Eligible pensioners can apply for a complementary NPWS concession pass, to get free park entry. Download the exemption form (154KB doc).

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Maps and downloads

Pipers Creek trail, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer