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Shaping Places: Environmental Warriors - Stage 3

'Students become Environmental Warriors as they explore, investigate, and communicate the features and characteristics of the local ecosystem in the Botanic Garden. They will collect data, discover external and human influences on the ecosystem, and complete a mapping exercise. They will also engage in a stakeholder roleplay to present their arguments on the use of fire to manage the ecosystem.

Learning Activities

  • Students will collect primary fieldwork data as they explore the local ecosystem in the Botanic Garden.
  • They will investigate the human and natural features and learn mapping skills to share their observations. 
  • Students will also emulate active citizenship as they research and prepare arguments on bushfire preparedness and ecosystem management.


Stage 3 Geography


The Australian PlantBank


2 hours


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Key Content
  • Measure and represent the unique features and characteristics of the Cumberland Plain Woodland through field tests and mapping. 
  • Discover the importance of the management of the Cumberland Plain Woodland. 
  • Explore how people's actions can impact an environment. 
  • Examine Australia's unique relationship with bushfire through the perspectives of various stakeholders. 
  • Discuss strategies for the reduction of human impacts on threated ecosystems.
Syllabus Outcomes


GE3-1 describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments 
GE3-2 explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments 
GE3-3 compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments 
GE3-4 acquires, processes and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry

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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.