Earth Discovery ceres 2018-02-19T09:53:06+00:00

Project Description


Land programs focus on natural processes and how humans, animals and the land interact with each other and including the exploration of sustainable agriculture.

Duration of activities: ~ 50 minutes
Available for: Grade 3 to 6


You can mix and match activities from two different programs.

  • Discover the importance of soils, different soil types and the life it contains
  • Test soil pH and decide which soils are suitable for growing vegetables
  • Using stream tables, discover how erosion occurs across different slopes and different vegetation types as a result of natural processes and human activity
  • Learn about soil deficiencies and soil health, identify ideal soil types for producing food
  • Visit the CERES Organic farm and discover how food production is used in the modern world and how CERES integrates market gardens, orchards, propagation, organic waste recycling, aquaponic ponds and irrigation, stables and animal systems into a sustainable agricultural system
  • Participate in hands-on activities and investigate how food is produced in managed environments with a focus on water use, soil quality, effective composting and worm tea, natural pest control, plant selection and free-range chickens
  • Consider the differences between ecological and conventional farming practices

Also available for Grade 1 & 2 students

  • Become a meteorologist and discover how to manually measure and interpret the weather at CERES using weather instruments, gadgets and sensory observation
  • Measure, observe and experience weather and seasons and changes
  • Explore why it is important to understand the different seasons and major weather types and their connections
  • Look at weather and seasons and the way different cultural groups describe them, name and order of months and Aboriginal six seasons
  • How weather patterns affect plants and animals (including humans) and biodiversity
  • Reactions to sensory elements of weather, place and environment

This activity can be booked as a 50min or a 1hr 40min session.

  • Get your hands dirty working in the gardens at CERES and learn skills you can bring back to your School Kitchen Garden
  • Participate in seasonal activities, such as planting, composting, seed collecting, propagation, harvesting, fertilising, weeding and weed identification, watering, mulching, garden design, artistic pursuits (e.g. painting signs) and more!
  • Explore how people change environments and create and design solutions to grow food!
  • Understand the rock cycle and discover that a variety of rocks make up our earth
  • Look, feel and identify the differences between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks
  • Observe a collection of fossils and trace their place in the history of time
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Contact the Education Bookings Team

(03) 9389 0144

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