Incursions and excursions
The Phosphorus Awareness Project (PAP) offer a range of incursions and excursions that teach students about catchments, nutrients and algal blooms. They also cover how we can look after our local waterway systems and the animals and plants that live there. All incursions/excursions are linked to the National Curriculum Framework and a teacher pack of information and resource sheets will be left for the class after the incursion/ excursion.
All incursions and planting sessions are FREE. Visits to SERCUL are $2.20 inc. GST/student/half day, $4.40 inc. GST/student/full day.
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Algae Busters – Catchment Story (K – 4) | approx 1 hr
Interactive presentation where students learn about catchments, nutrients and algae. Students participate in a fun catchment story about nutrient sources and see first hand what happens when nutrients enter our river and wetland systems. Students also learn how to save our rivers and wetlands.
Turtle-ology! (1 – 6) | approx 1 hr
Students study the life cycle of the Long-Neck Turtle and discover the various impacts humans have on these special creatures at each stage.
Macroinvertebrates and Minibeasts (1 – 12) | approx 1 hr
Students have the opportunity to observe the little creatures which live in our waterways up close and personal. Using information and knowledge gained, students help to identify the health of the waterway.
Students are also given the opportunity to seek outminibeasts which live on land by undertaking a special ‘Minibeast Hunt’.
Life Cycles: Frogs, Mistletoe Bird, Dragonflies or Mosquitoes (1 – 12) | approx 1 hr
Students are always interested to learn about the life processes of some of our favourite animals. Select one or two and participate in activities and a discussion about key stages and interesting factors in it’s success.
River Food Web (5 – 12) | approx 1 hr
Students not only learn about catchments, nutrients and algae but also how complex river and wetland ecosystems are. Students become an animal or plant and interact with other animals in the system. They will discover just how reliant they are on each other when an algal bloom occurs!
Go Fish! (5 – 12) | approx 1 hr
Students go ‘fishing’ and discover what fish are found in the freshwater sections of the rivers and other waterways around Perth. What affects our native fish is discussed and students help to create healthy fish habitat. What we can all do to look after our native fish and our waterways is also covered.
Clean Drains River Gains (5 – 12) | time may vary according to site
Students learn about catchments, pollution and algae with an emphasis on stormwater drains. Students will locate drains in the school grounds and then the Clean Drains River Gains message will be painted on them. Students will learn indetail how to keep our rivers healthy.
Building a Frog Habitat (All Years) | approx 1 hr
A must have presentation if a school is considering building a frog pond/bog. Students learn about the frogs of the Perth Region and listen to their calls then a frog pond is constructed in the classroom. All the essential elements in constructing frog habitat are covered in detail.
Planting Opportunities (All Years) | (Available June – October)
time may vary according to site
Students get a chance to get dirty at a local rehabilitation site where they will plant local native species! The benefits of planting these species will be covered in detail including increasing biodiversity and improving the health of rivers and wetlands.
Bush Tucker! (All Years) | approx 1 hr
Students get hands-on with a range of local native plants to learn about growth, features and traditional uses; whether it is for medicine, tools or food. Students also learn about the Nyoongar seasons and how the traditional landowners used the various plants at different times of the year.
River Friendly Cleaning (All Years) | approx 1 hr
Students learn that there are alternatives to toxic cleaning products which are better for our health and the environment. Students clean with these alternatives which were used by our great grandparents.
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Our Rivers Need You!
A fun colouring in worksheet that explains where nutrients comes
from, how it affects our rivers and what we can do about it.
Our Rivers Need You! Worksheet (7.9MB)
Where Does the Water Go?
A fun colouring in worksheet which shows where water from our houses
and our street drains flow to.
Where Does the Water Go? Worksheet
Please Don’t Feed Us
A fun colouring-in sheet about why we should not feed bread
to water birds.
Please Don't Feed Us Worksheet
Clean Drains River/Wetland Gains
More fun colouring-in sheets about drains and frogs.
Clean Drains River Gains Worksheet
Clean Drains Wetland Gains Worksheet
Go Fish! - How I Can Protect Our Native
A worksheet to help students think about what activities they and
their families do that may affect native fish and what they can do
to protect them.
Go Fish! Worksheet
Detergents We Use In My Home
A worksheet to be completed at home with
the help of parents. A close look at the types of detergents used
Questionnaire: Phosphorus Use Around The
Another worksheet to be completed at
home with the help of parents. Makes families think about how much
phosphorus they may be putting into the environment.
Questionnaire: Phosphorus Use Around the Home Worksheet
Buyer Beware – Read the Labels!
A worksheet designed to make the student
think about how different products are marketed.
Buyer Beware Worksheet
The Great Algae Growing Exercise
A fun scientific activity where students discover what makes algae
The Great Algae Growing Exercise
Our Waterways Need You To Help Stop Algal
A worksheet to help students think about
what activities they and their families do that may contribute to
algal blooms and what they can do to prevent them.
Our Waterways Need You Worksheet
Suggestions for students to participate in a fun phosphorus activity!
How You Can Fertilise Wise
A fun colouring-in sheet that gives tips on how we can Fertilise Wise in our gardens.
How You Can Fertilise Wise Worksheet
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