Suggested Student Level: Grade 4 to Year 9

Maximum Students: 25

Program Times: Weekdays 10:00am – 12:00pm & 12:30pm – 2:30pm (or as negotiated)

Due to the nature of this program, at this stage we are unable to offer it as outreach. The session is conducted on Mount Buninyong.

Students will meet an Earth Ed staff member at the bottom carpark of Mount Buninyong. We will then walk among native flora and fauna of the volcano’s crater where students will listen to a description of the geological history of Mount Buninyong and the region.

After a hike up the western side of the scoria cone, the next stop is the mountain’s fire tower where staff illustrate the local landscape and surrounds.

The final stop is a road cutting on the steep eastern side of the volcano where the soil and rock layers formed by successive eruptions are visible to the educated eye.

Earth Ed staff are happy to tailor the two hour guided tour to allow the students to have a morning/afternoon tea or lunch.

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the causes and after effects of major geological events.
  • Discuss the landscape of the Ballarat area in terms of soils.
  • Understand the geological events that have created Mount Buninyong and its surrounds.