On March 28th, the Year 11 ATAR Geography class visited the Nearer to Nature Education Centre in Mundaring, which is located in close proximity to the recent Wooraloo Bushfires.
During the field trip, the students were led by Quentin, a Department of Parks and Wildlife Officer, who guided them through practical fieldwork, a crucial component of the ATAR Geography course. The students measured fuel loads, calculated canopy cover, and assessed natural factors such as slope angles that contribute to bushfires. They also evaluated threats to buildings and explored ways for communities in the area to prepare for bushfires.
The ATAR Geography program involves two field trips per year to help students apply classroom concepts in real-world situations. The next excursion is planned for August, when the class will travel to the City of Fremantle to study the impacts of tourism in Western Australia.
Special thanks to Mr. Paganoni for joining us on the day.