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EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

SOWN has a vision of rehabilitating the habitats and waterways within the Enoggera Catchment. In addition to undertaking fauna and flora monitoring, invasive species removal and bushland regeneration, SOWN also strives to facilitate community awareness and engagement through an active education process and an effective schools program.

MEMBER'S MEETINGS

No-dig Bush Regeneration - Ko Oishi

No-dig bush regeneration and how can we regenerate native vegetation safely on contaminated soils?

A copy of Ko's presentation on trials at Northey Street City Farm given at our member's meeting on 29 September 2019 is attached.

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Impacts of Proposed Mt-Cootha Zipline - Dr Peter Hale

What are the environmental, noise, traffic and other impacts of the proposed Mt-Cootha Zipline?

A copy of Peter's presentation at our member's meeting on 24 June 2019 is attached.

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Join SOWN and Live Forever? - Dr Andrew Galbraith

What are the health benefits and risks of working in the SOWN Nursery or on revegetation sites?

A copy of Andrew's presentation at our member's meeting on 15 April 2019 is attached.

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EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR SCHOOLS

Bardon State School

SOWN works on the principles of developing authentic learning experiences through relating all learning to the context of the school's local catchment area. Activities undertaken can contribute to curriculum outcomes in a number of subject areas. Whilst these clearly include science and geography, activities can also be used to achieve learning outcomes in maths, art, drama and English. The activities also align with sun safe practices, healthy lifestyle and social and emotional learning outcomes and present opportunities in inclusive education.

The activities also promote:

  • An increased focus on parental and community involvement in education;
  • A broad range of curriculum choices, including opportunities to for integrated learning;
  • Innovation in learning experiences;
  • Higher levels of sustainability;
  • Development of strong partnerships.

SOWN has developed varied approaches to catchment-based education. These educational activities were mostly developed as part of the Ithaca Intact project and are designed to integrate the natural environment into the school curriculum.
All activities include aims, background information, methods, materials required and worksheets for students.

While the worksheets refer to Ithaca Creek, they can be generalised for use in other catchments in South East Queensland.

Water Quality Testing
The objectives of this activity are to introduce students to the methods involved with water quality testing. This activity aims to develop skills in... 

Macro-Invertebrate Sampling
This activity aims to introduce students to the methods involved with macro-invertebrate sampling, observation, counting and identification. It also... 

Habitat Monitoring
Habitat monitoring aims to introduce students to the concept of habitats and the role of monitoring waterway habitats in indicating stream condition. 

The Giving Tree
This activity is designed to teach students about the important role that native trees play within the Australian landscape. This activity also... 

Litoria fallax (Eastern Sedge Frog)

Building a Frog Pond
The activity objectives are to introduce students to the needs of living things, specifically amphibians. Students will discuss the life-cycle of... 

Natural vs Unnatural
This activity is designed to develop student skills in recognising and sorting natural and unnatural things that may be found in our local... 

BGGS planting

Tree Planting
This activity demonstrates to students the correct use of equipment and the accepted techniques involved with planting trees. Students are also... 

Ecological Sampling
Ecological Sampling aims to develop student skills in observing, counting, estimating, predicting, recognising patterns, measuring and graphing... 

Reptile Retreat
The objective of this activity is to introduce students to the needs of living things, specifically reptiles. Students will discuss the life-cycle of... 

Sidymella trapezia

Scientific Drawing
This activity will teach students the role of scientific drawing in producing clear, neat and accurate representations of what they see in nature.