Wetlands alive!

Wetlands alive!

Examine the interactions between living things in a wetland habitat.

Suitable for years 4 to 6.


Our wetlands are alive with a large variety of birds, bugs and plants. Students investigate how they depend on each other by surveying the plant, animal and invertebrate communities, then do simple tests of water quality to relate that to the non-living environment. They also consider how those creatures are adapted to this unique environment and how people hold the key to their future.


  • Recognise that wetlands are highly diverse ecosystems
  • Understand that wetlands have been vastly modified by human action; human impact extends far beyond the wetland to the whole catchment
  • Recognise that everyone can play a role in wetland health; through their actions in daily life or through direct action at the wetlands

Note: Can also be done as an incursion at a wetland close to your school.

Additional information

  • Venue

    Henderson Environmental Centre, Lake Joondalup, Wellington Discovery Forest, Wharncliffe Mill (Margaret River)
  • Year/Type

    Year PP to 6
  • Learning area

  • Cross curriculum priorities

  • Duration

    4 hours