Skip to content

Eco Detectives - Stage 2

Students search for clues of the animals that live in the Cumberland Plain Woodland by hunting for scats, tracks and traces using ID charts. Then, they become Threatened Species Rangers, design a safe habitat for the Powerful Owl and learn more about the animal by dissecting its pellet.

Learning Activities

  • Students will investigate how animals rely on the Cumberland Plain Woodland by going on a 'tracks and traces' walk through the area
  • They will dissect an owl pellet and identify its contents to find out what animals Powerful Owls rely on for food
  • Students also become Threatened Species Rangers and design a safe habitat for the Powerful Owl


Stage 2 Science


The Australian PlantBank


2 hours


Click here. Minimum charges apply. Discounts apply for full day programs!

More information

Key Content
  • Investigate how living things and their environments are interdependent.
  • Understand human actions on the environment and their impact on the survival of living things.
  • Safely use appropriate materials and equipment to conduct an experiment.
  • Apply the elements of fair testing to collect and record accurate, honest observations.
  • Design unique ways to protect threatened species.
Syllabus Outcomes

Focus Syllabus Outcomes

  • Describe how living things depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073) 
  • ​Compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things. (ST2-4WS-S)

Supported Syllabus Outcomes

  • Questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations (ST2-1WS-S)
Plan Your Excursion
Got a question? For all the information you need to plan your excursion with us please click here

Sustainable Development Goals

Through our education programs we aim to:

  • ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (SDG 4)
  • demonstrate actions that work towards making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11
  • inform and empower students to preserve our forests and halt biodiversity loss (SDG 15)

Through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, we promote prosperity for the whole community while protecting our planet for future generations.


We acknowledge the Dharawal people and their continuing custodianship of this land, Mount Annan (Yandel'ora - meaning place of peace between people). We pay our respects to the Dharawal Elders past, present and emerging.