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: Year 7 to 10


You can mix and match activities from two different programs.

  • Explore the issues of land clearing, salinity and the history of food production methods
  • Discover the three classifications of soils using differences in colour, particle size and texture
  • Test soil pH and decide which soils are suitable for growing vegetables
  • Learn about environmental factors that influence crop yields, such as soil health and soil deficiencies
  • Identify the interconnections between food production, land degradation and human activities
  • Visit our stream tables and learn about the connection between slope, vegetation and erosion
  • Analyse how managing soil for food production can be more sustainable
  • Identify the landscape characteristics, human impacts and alterations, and how they connect to the broader environment (biomes, vegetation, soils, water)
  • Students will explore CERES and surrounding sites to gain a visual understanding of how human activities have impacted on the natural environment in an urban setting.
  • We will look at progressive urban food systems and how CERES promotes holistic models for a food secure future for Melbourne.
  • In the end, students will have an understanding of how landscapes and food systems have changed over the years, from pre European to post-colonial, and some ways we can continue to produce food in a sustainable way in the face of climate change and population growth.
  • Explore the flora and fauna around CERES and the Merri Creek
  • Receive an introduction to identifying plant and bird species, both indigenous and introduced, found in the Melbourne area
  • Gain insights into the characteristics and behaviour of local birds
  • Learn about the uses of local plants for food, drink, and medicine
  • Explore the issues affecting Urban Biodiversity, and learn ways to help protect and restore biodiversity in urban areas
  • Take a tour of CERES and the Merri Creek
  • Learn how to identify various indigenous plant species, and about their uses for food, drink, medicine, tools and building materials
  • Learn about the local seasons and how to identify them through ecological signals
  • Discuss indigenous origins of common food plants
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Contact the Education Bookings Team
(03) 9389 0144

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