Fire biology - a force of life

Fire biology - a force of life

Understand the ecological consequences of fire on the environment.

Suitable for Biology (ATAR Unit 1, General Unit 4), Earth and Environmental Science (ATAR Unit 4)

Description:

Take a guided walk and engage in biological fieldwork to examine the impacts of fire on the ecosystem. Gain an understanding of the role fire has played in the evolution of our forests and of Aboriginal burning practices to manage the environment. Learn about the difference in behaviour between bushfires and prescribed burning. Find out the importance of applying scientific learning to our understanding of fire in the environment and how fire management is not only used to protect life and property but also to protect and enhance biodiversity.

Outcomes:

  • Understand the term ‘fire - a force for life.’
  • Discover historical uses of fire.
  • Understand the process of prescribed burning.
  • How you can prepare for fire.
Note: The bus will need to remain on site during the excursion to transfer the students to the fire sites.

Additional information

  • Venue

    Dwellingup Forest Heritage Centre, Perth Hills Discovery Centre, Wellington Discovery Forest, Wharncliffe Mill (Margaret River)
  • Year/Type

    Year 11 to 12
  • Learning area

    Biology, Earth and Environmental Science
  • Cross curriculum priorities

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Sustainability
  • Duration

    4 hours