Evolution of Australian Biota Study Day - Mount Tomah
A full day outreach program for Stage 6 Biology students.
This full day outreach program, developed by the Australian Musuem, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Taronga Zoo, is held at The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. Students examine fossils, specimens, live animals and plants to investigate the evolution and adaptations of Australian animals and plants.
The Study Day comprises three educator-led sessions of one hour and 15 minutes duration each.
- An Australian Museum educator provides an introduction on Australian megafauna then facilitates the Museum session, Learning from fossils. Students work in small groups and perform first-hand investigations using fossils and specimens of Australian animals to compare current and extinct forms. Activities focus on Australian megafauna and on platypus evolution.
- A Blue Mountains Botanic Garden educator leads a session where students investigate native Australian plants, including the forests of Gondwana, living plant fossils, and pollination strategies.
- A Taronga Zoomobile and educator visits the Garden allowing students to interact with live animals while learning about the adaptations and evolution of native Australian animals including kangaroos and echidnas. The changing ideas of scientists are also considered with reference to the modern Platypus.
- Bookings are essential: Mount Tomah-based Study Days are booked through the Australian Museum Bookings Office
Phone the Australian Museum Bookings Office on (02) 9320 6222 or Fax (02) 9320 6072
- Maximum number of students: 25 per session (3 sessions per day)
- Duration: Three 75 minute sessions – usually 9.45 am to 2.30 pm
- Cost: $24.20 (incl GST) per student
- Location: The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah
- Transport: Coach parking available
- Botanic Gardens Trust Risk assessment
- 4 - 8 August 2014 (inclusive)
Booking changes or cancellations:
- Decreases or increases in your booked number must be advised by 4 weeks before the excursion date.
- If the number of students attending the Study Day is significantly lower (by 5 students or more) than expected, the school will be invoiced for the booked number of students.
- We reserve the right to cancel days/sessions not fully filled.
- Evolution of Australian Biota Study Days are also available on selected dates at:
Education Resource Kit
An Education Kit will be sent by The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden before your booked excursion date.
- Student activities for the three sessions are e-mailed following booking.
(The Museum session, Learning from Fossils can also be viewed at any time.)
- Answers for teachers are either emailed after booking or provided at the venue.
- Biology Stage 6
The Study Day is specifically designed for the Stage 6 Biology Syllabus topic, 8.5 Evolution of Australian Biota.
The outcomes addressed by the Museum session are detailed below. The Museum activities (Activities 1 - 5) that relate to each syllabus outcome are indicated below.
All students complete Activity 5 on Platypus evolution, and are allocated one other activity (either Activity 1 or 2 or 3 or 4) on Australian megafauna.
Syllabus outcomes for Biology 8.5 Evolution of Australian Biota:
1. Evidence for the rearrangement of crustal plates and continental drift indicates that Australia was once part of an ancient super continent
|2. The changes in Australian flora and fauna over millions of years have happened through evolution||
|4. A study of palaeontology and past environments increases our understanding of the possible future range of plants and animals||
The syllabus links for the Gardens and Zoo sessions are provided in the Education Resource Kit that is sent following booking.
Beth Blaxland , Education Project Officer