Target Group: Year 9 & 10, VCE Biology, Environmental Science and Outdoor Education

Maximum Students: 54 (2 groups of 27)

Program Times: Weekdays 10am – 2pm (or as negotiated)

Location:  Earth Ed and Woowookarung Regional Park – Students should dress for all weather conditions.

Fire plays a unique part in the Australian landscape. It is used as both a management tool and is also a naturally occurring phenomenon. Both have a significant effect on the flora and fauna of a particular area. Despite Australian’s close relationship with the ‘bush’, fire is not a well-understood phenomenon.

In this unit students will investigate the role of fire in Woowookarung Regional Park. The park is subject to regular fuel reduction burning due to its close proximity to Ballarat.  Students will collect a range of data across three areas within the park, each with a different time since its last burn. Once the data is collected students will head to the Earth Ed centre where they will run tests on their collected samples, analyse the data and upload it to an open source online platform.

This unit can be tailored to meet the needs of a range of students. Specifically:

  • Year 9 and 10 Science
  • VCE Biology – Unit 1 Area of Study 2 How do living systems sustain life?
  • VCE Environmental Science – Unit 1 Area of Study 2 How is Earth a dynamic system?
  • VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies – Unit 2 Area of Study 1 Investigating outdoor environments – scientific understandings of outdoor environments.

Students undertaking VCE Biology or VCE Environmental Science are also able to use the data collected as part of Area of Study 3 – Practical Investigation.