Tree ferns in the Forest Gallery, Melbourne Museum
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria
Discover Victoria's mountain forests when your students step into a living fern gully complete with waterfall. Follow the pathway to discover how water shapes the landscape and take a close up view of small fish, frogs and skinks. Emerge from the rainforest into the eucalypt trees where Forest Secrets is alive with seasonal change; and learn about the local Kulin Aboriginal people’s seven seasons. Look up to see the Tawny Frogmouth, while tiny wrens and finches flit across the path. In a clearing at the end, see huge timber poles which represent the impact of fire on the bush.
Using the Secondary Forest Walks, your students consider such questions as: Where do animals live? How do people interact with forest environments? What is the significance of fire for plants and animals?
This program links strongly to Victorian Curriculum Biological Science:
Level 7 to 8:
- There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity
- Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs and can be affected by human activity
Level 9 to 10:
- Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems.
Available Terms 1 - 4, Monday-Friday.
Session times: 11am, 11.30am, 1pm & 1.30pm.
Cost: Education service fee.