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Biodiversity survey

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


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The Biodiversity survey school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 5 (Years 9-10) students focuses on science and fieldwork skills. 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 biodiversity survey equipment and techniques to gather information about the soil, weather, plants, animals and impact of people on the area. Students report their findings to the group and compare their findings with results from other quadrats.

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

SC5-6WS. Undertakes first-hand investigations to collect valid and reliable data and information, individually and collaboratively

SC5-14LW. Analyses interactions between components and processes within biological systems


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


Weekdays November to May.

Guided. Available on request.
Easy. Short walk in terrain with uneven surfaces and no tracks.

$25 per student, $400 minimum fee.

Meeting point
Kosciuszko Education Centre, Kosciuszko Road at Sawpit Creek, 14 kms from Jindabyne towards Perisher.
Yes. Teacher's notes and all worksheets, field scientific equipment, identification books and keys, resources and poster stationery are provided.
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  • 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).
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