Click on a title to see more details. These are full day programs that include two sessions. Half-day sessions cannot be booked.

This is a full day program that includes two sessions. Half-day sessions cannot be booked.

Morning  |  Demonstration of a Field Trip Focused on Environmental Change and Management on East/West Walk
Presenter: Vanessa Wiggenraad
Education Officer, Parks Victoria

Vanessa will be demonstrating a Geography excursion on one of the You Yangs most scenic walks: the East-West walk. Vanessa will take teachers on a walk through a rocky landscape covered with tall eucalypts, shrubs and groundcovers. The walk focuses on how certain factors influence the growth of native plants on the walk and how the landscape around the walk has changed over time. Vanessa will also discuss how humans impact the park environment and how Parks Victoria rangers manage these impacts.

Afternoon  |  Demonstration of a Cultural  Field Trip at Big Rock
Presenter: Ebonee Cook
Community Engagement Ranger, Parks Victoria

Ebonee will be talking about the significance of the You Yangs to the Wadawurrung people and will demonstrate an excursion she runs for Geography students. Ebonee will take teachers on a cultural walk in the Big Rock precinct. This fieldwork is focused on the sustainable lifestyle of the Wadawurrung people.

Location: You Yangs Regional Park is 55km southwest of the Melbourne CBD and 22km north of Geelong. Access to the park from the Princess Freeway is clearly signposted via Lara. Meet at the Turntable Carpark on the day. There are only toilet facilities at this location, no food or drinks available. Water is available at the park Visitor centre which should be collected before the day's sessions begin. Please BYO lunch, snacks and thermos. Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather and outdoor conditions. A park map can be found here: https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/you-yangs-regional-park.

This is a full day program that includes two sessions. Half-day sessions cannot be booked.

Morning | Data Collection at Coastal Environments
Presenter: Paul Cross
Monash University

Have you ever asked students to create a field sketch, take photographs or construct a cross-section and not being sure how to best scaffold your instructions?

The St Kilda Beach location will be used to demonstrate and provide opportunities for you to participate in a range of data collection techniques relevant to range of natural environments, and specific to coastal landscapes. Participate in data collection on wave activity, natural processes, management and general mapping techniques, field-sketching, photograph formatting and transect creation. This fieldwork workshop will demonstrate how these common data collection techniques can be taught in the field, ensuring accurate and effective data for analysis.

Co-Vice-president of GTAV, Paul has worked in a number of education settings and taught Secondary Geography to VCE for many years. Currently Paul teaches final year Geography Education students at Monash University. His passions in teaching Geography include the development of engaging and challenging tasks and fieldwork.

Location: Parking is available at a cost in Pier Road. Closest tram, Stop 135 Route 96 (Jacka Boulevard/Acland St/Fitzroy St) Lunch can be bought in Ackland St or BYO. Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather – there will be limited shelter from wind / rain. Sturdy footwear appropriate for a beach environment.

Afternoon | Climate Change and Port Philip Bay
Presenter: Pete Lindner
Canopy of Care (in conjunction with Port Phillip EcoCentre)

Located on the doorstep of many schools exists a significant and easily accessible environment for your fieldwork - Port Phillip Bay. Port Phillip Bay is a diverse and unique environment containing species which are found nowhere else on our planet. But like many other water bodies, the Bay faces growing pressures that could impact its sustainability and biodiversity. One of these is climate change.

During this session you will:

  • Hear about what about makes the Bay so special
  • Be provided with an overview of the characteristics of climate change in the Port Phillip Bay Region.
  • Participate in activities that highlight the potential impacts of climate change on the species found in Port Phillip Bay
  • Using surveyor’s equipment, be involved in a hands-on demonstration measuring and mapping out potential sea level rises according to different emission scenarios.
  • On a nearby beach, complete sample fieldwork questions analysing and evaluating the impacts of rising sea levels and coastal erosion on the natural and built environments.
  • Receive detailed teaching resources about the impacts of climate change on Port Phillip Bay and importantly be provided with suggestions about how to include these into your curriculum and your fieldwork trips.

Pete is an experienced Geography Teacher who has a lifelong passion for the outdoors. These two forces provided the motivation to develop educational resources and fieldwork activities about key environmental issues such as climate change and plastic pollution. Pete has established his own business to help schools to embed this content into their curriculum and to facilitate and present fieldwork trips.

Location: Parking is available at a cost in Pier Road. Closest tram, Stop 135 Route 96 (Jacka Boulevard/Acland St/Fitzroy St) Lunch can be bought in Ackland St or BYO. Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather – there will be limited shelter from wind / rain. Sturdy footwear appropriate for a beach environment.

This is a full day program that includes two sessions. Half-day sessions cannot be booked.

Morning | Tourism Impact at Melbourne Zoo
Presenter: Andrew Eadon
Melbourne Zoo Education Officer

Join us at Melbourne Zoo to get a first-hand insight into how we assess and mitigate tourism’s impact. Learn about the environmental, economic and cultural impacts of tourism. Using Melbourne Zoo as a case study, gain an understanding into how VCE Geography students will explore answers to these questions through behind-the-scenes insights into organisational operations and strategy. Unpack the different impacts of tourism and investigate how tourists can be influenced to support wildlife conservation. Learn how a large organisation gathers, collects and implements data to inform decision-making.

After 25 years as a teacher, I could not recommend a more exciting and vibrant combination of unpredictable enthusiasm. Working alongside classroom teachers and students, I am inspired by their solutions to some challenging environmental dilemmas. Being able to empower students to create change in their own community makes for a very privileged and rewarding vocation.

Location: Meet at Melbourne Zoo front entrance in Parkville. Parking is available at the zoo: $2 for a five hour ticket. Public transport is very convienient with the Royal Park station on the Upfield line at the back gate. Or the tram Route 58 between West Coburg and Toorak runs via William Street in the city centre and stops at the zoo also.

Afternoon | Using Google Earth Pro for Virtual and Live Fieldwork
Presenter: Paul Cross
Monash University

Ever wondered how you could use Google Aerial Photography in your fieldwork? In this session, participants will use Google Earth Pro to generate maps using polygon overlays, paths and labels, identify and record land use changes from historical images, and insert photographs. The use of Google Earth pro to conduct virtual fieldwork and to enhance student presentations and data collected from live fieldwork will be discussed and demonstrated in this hands-on fieldwork activity. BYO device required.

Co-Vice-president of GTAV, Paul has worked in a number of education settings and taught Secondary Geography to VCE for many years. Currently Paul teaches final year Geography Education students at Monash University. His passions in teaching Geography include the development of engaging and challenging tasks and fieldwork.

Location: This afternoon session will run 1:30pm - 3:30pm. The session will be held at the Library at the Dock (107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008)
Closest Tram - Collins Street, Route 11 or 48 Stop D18 Victoria Harbour Docklands
Parking – Wilson Parking - Enterprize Way, Docklands VIC 3008

This is a full day program that includes two sessions. Half-day sessions cannot be booked.

Morning | Mapping Water Quality in the CBD Using Google Suite
Presenter: Lucas Holden
RMIT University

This is a practical session that introduces participants to the use of data collection modes in the field. Participants will learn what resources are available to digitally map fieldwork data, collect their own data, and be taken through how to integrate geospatially located information into digital form. This will be achieved by an audit of water quality within drinking fountains in the CBD.

Lucas is a Surveying lecturer at RMIT University of 20 years experience. He is the program manager of the Surveying and Geospatial Science course at RMIT.

Location: Meeting at RMIT City Campus, location TBC

Afternoon | Geospatial Tourism in Practice
Presenter: Paul Rogers
University High School

A practical session with a class of students focused on implementing geospatial technology in a classroom environment. Participants will help put into practice the skills learnt in the previous session and get to see how this works in practice with a group of school students. The focus will be on mapping the prevalence of tourism within Melbourne’s CBD. Participants will be able to see the challenges and problem solving used to integrate the use of geospatial technologies into classrooms.

Paul is a Humanities, Sport and Outdoor Education Teacher from University High School. Passionate geographer and member of the GTAV Committee. His interests are in creating fun and engaging lessons for students to foster a sense of wonder and appreciation for our natural world.

Location: Meeting at RMIT City Campus, location TBC. Please note to attend the afternoon session you will need to show your WWCC or VIT registration as you are working with students.