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Farming For Our Future – Excursion

F-Y2 What are pollinators and mini beasts? Why are they important to our farms? What is compost and how does it help us to grow food?

Y3-10 How has using chemicals impacted our farms and environment? How does caring for our soil help to tackle climate change? What are some current solutions to transform our food system?

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Join our expert educators and explore all things farming. Discover where food comes from, the effects different methods of farming can have on our environment and how organic, local food systems can regenerate ecosystems, culture and community.  Our educators will guide students through problem solving and action planning to create change within their school community and explore solutions to increase local food production at school or home.

Through a variety of hands-on activities your students will:

Years F – 2

  • Discover what ‘urban farm’ means and how it can benefit the community and the environment
  • Get up close and feed our chickens
  • Discover the wonderful world of mini-beasts and their role in creating healthy soil
  • Development the skills to create a home or school compost and understand its role in regenerating soils
  • Learn about plant lifecycles and how to grow and care for a seed

Years 3 – 10

  • Find out the day in the life of an Urban Farmer
  • Discover the practical considerations needed when starting an edible garden at home or school
  • Discover how looking back at Indigenous farming practices can assist our food security into the future
  • Development the skills to create a home or school compost system and understand its role in regenerating soils

You’ll receive a school teacher guide, including instructions for optional activities to do before and after your excursion at CERES to get your students thinking, discussing and actively contributing to a world that is environmentally sustainable for all living creatures.

Years F – 2

  • Identify the role that mini-beasts and microorganisms play in creating healthy soil
  • Understand the stages of seed germination and identify what its needed to help plants grow
  • Understand that there are a variety of farming methods, some having lower impact on the environment than others
  • Discover what ‘urban farm’ means and how it can benefit the community and the environment
  • Consider the animals involved in our food system

Years 3 – 10

  • Discover what ‘urban farm’ means and how it can benefit the community and the environment
  • Explore and understand the different practical skills of organic garden/farming practices
  • Identify the different processes needed to create compost and understand its role in regenerating soils
  • Explore our global diet and identify the role of Indigenous knowledge and bushfoods can have on our food security into the future

This program links to curriculum areas of:
Science, Geography, English, Civics & Citizenship

Availability
Monday -Friday during term time
For weekend and school holiday bookings please contact

Full Day: 10am – 2pm ( 3 activities)
Welcome and introductions –20 mins
Session with CERES educator – 60 mins
Break – 20 mins
Session with CERES educator – 50 mins
Break – 30 mins
Session with CERES educator – 60 mins
Explore CERES – Make sure you leave some time to explore the many spaces of our beautiful park, including our new Terra Wonder PlaySpace.

Half day: 10am – 12.30pm (2 activities)
Welcome and introductions – 20 mins
Session with CERES educator – 60 mins
Break – 15 mins
Session with CERES educator – 60 mins

Use the activities in the Teaching Guide below to spark students’ curiosity before their visit and add value to your experience whilst at CERES. It’s also designed to deepen students’ learning back at school.

Foundation to Year 2 Teaching Guide
Years 3 to 6 Teaching Guide
Years 7 to 10 Teaching Guide
Years 11 to 12 Teaching Guide * coming soon

Watch the following video to understand what CERES is all about and to get you and your students excited about your visit!

Year Level
Years F-10

Cost
Full day:
$500 / group of students (max 25)
$20 per additional student
(5 extra students allowed per group)
(10 am – 2 pm)

OR

Half day:
$375 / group of students (max 25)
$15 per additional student
(5 extra students allowed per group)
(10 am – 12:30 pm)

+ booking fee

Ratio
F – Y2 | 1 adult : 5 students
Y3 – 6 | 1 adult : 10 students

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