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Water Cycles and Solutions – Excursion

F-2: What is the natural water cycle? What is a waterbug and how can we use them to determine water health? What can humans do to protect our precious water sources?

3 – 6 What is the difference between the natural water cycle and the urban water cycle? How can macro invertebrates help us to determine water quality? What is Water Smart Design and what does it look like in action?

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Hosted by expert educators, your students will deepen their understanding of the importance of water in our lives and the systems in place for it to flow through our rivers, into our homes and back to the oceans. Students will take an in-depth dive into the water cycle and its human connection, investigate the issues that face water conservation, and explore potential solutions.

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

Years F-2

  • learn the natural water cycle through performance, costumes and a nifty science experiment
  • use real-life weather monitoring equipment to observe and describe the weather
  • engage in water quality monitoring through netting for waterbugs in Terms 1 and 4, and in Terms 2 and 3 investigate other indicator species such as the Pobbblebonk frog!
  • take part in an interactive story about the Merri Merri to learn about how humans can impact a waterway and to identify solutions for keeping our waterways clean

Years 3 – 10

  • experience a visual representation of how little unpolluted drinking water we have on Earth
  • engage in an interactive exploration of water catchments to understand how pollutants end up in our rivers and oceans
  • engage in water quality monitoring at our CERES dam through multiple water assessment methods including netting for macro invertebrates and PH, temperature, turbidity and sensory testing
  • get a tour of CERES to explore how Water Smart Design has been used across the site to collect, filter and use water while preventing the negative impact of erosion and pollution

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

  • To understand that water is a valuable resource and essential for all life on Earth
  • To understand the natural water cycle, the role it plays in moving water around our planet and its influence on the weather
  • To consider how water quality affects our water systems
  • To consider how water quality is impacted by human activity and what can be done to protect our waterways

Years 3 – 10

  • To understand that water is a valuable resource that needs conservation
  • To understand the differences between the natural water cycle and the urban water cycle and weather and climate
  • To engage in water quality monitoring of a real-life waterway
  • To explore the impacts of human interactions on waterways to consider how community involvement can improve waterway health
  • To explore real-life examples of Water Smart Design on-site at CERES

This program links to curriculum areas of:
Science, Geography, Design and Technologies, Critical and Creative Thinking and Personal and Social Capabilities

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.

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 * coming soon
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

Full day:
10am – 2pm
$550 per group
(Max group size 25 students)

+ $10 booking fee


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

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