Claws on the line
We’re inviting North West Tasmanian schools to get involved in an exciting series of field trips to survey for the elusive Central North Burrowing Crayfish. This project is a new pilot from the Bookend Trust’s award winning science outreach team. The purpose is to introduce students to field science techniques and contribute to a real monitoring program that will inform the understanding and management of the species in question. You can listen to more about how this project has developed from an ABC report from July 2015 when the concept was being trialled at Nixon Street Primary.
We’re aiming to partner with up to five schools to participate in 2017. Schools will identify a class or group of students (up to 30) from Year’s 3-12 to participate in a full day excursion to a field site in the Devonport/Latrobe area. The dates for these excursions are not confirmed but will be arranged with each individual group. On the excursion a team of volunteers and scientists will instruct and assist students to undertake the survey and other site observations.
Participating schools/teachers will receive information prior to the excursion to prepare students. All field equipment will be supplied.
The Bookend Trust will provide:
- Excursion coordination (including a risk assessment for each site) and specialised equipment required for survey and monitoring tasks.
- Pre or post excursion visit to schools to connect students with the scientists and volunteer field workers.
Partner schools will provide:
- A coordinating teacher to liaise with Bookend Trust staff in preparing for excursion.
- Overall responsibility for student welfare, behaviour management and supervision on excursion.
- Bus or other transport to the excursion site (will be within 50km of Devonport City and usually much closer).
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