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Ecosystems at risk

Stage 6 (Years 11-12), Geography, Dorrigo National Park


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Ecosystems at risk is a school excursion in Dorrigo National Park for Stage 6 (Years 11-12) students focusing on Geography and is designed to complement a case study of a particular ecosystem at risk.

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The focus of this excursion is a geographical investigation of the functioning of a Gondwana Rainforest of Australia as an ecosystem at risk, including how it is managed and protected.

Students begin in the Dorrigo Rainforest Theatrette with a presentation that provides a background and context to the larger geological story of how the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia came to be; including the breaking up of Gondwana, the rift from Zealandia, the creation of the Tasman sea, the uplift of the Great Dividing Range and the orographic rainfall that sustains the forests today.

The presentation includes GIS images and maps showing vegetation types on the Escarpment in relation to aspect, topography and altitude, and includes a walk out on the skywalk to connect images and concepts in the presentation to the landscape today.

Students learn about threats to this ecosystem and management strategies used to address threats such as fire, weeds, feral animals, visitor impacts and a changing climate.

In a guided walk to the Crystal shower Falls students experience this ancient rainforest ecosystem, including natural and introduced threats and how these impacts are managed.

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

Stage Stage 6 (Years 11-12)
Learning area Geography
Student outcomes

H2. Explains the factors which place ecosystems at risk and the reasons for their protection.

H5. Evaluates environmental management strategies in terms of ecological sustainability.


Students will:

  • Observe a highly diverse rainforest ecosystem, its geographical location and extent, altitude and biophysical interactions
  • Explain the human impacts which place this ecosystems at risk and evaluate contemporary management practices in terms of ecological sustainability
  • Understand the global significance of the site, possible future impacts, and strategies for managing these
  • Apply maps, graphs and statistics, photographs and fieldwork to analyse and integrate data in a geographical context.

Excursion details

Guided. Available on request.

$370 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.

Meeting point
Dorrigo Rainforest Centre
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