1 Million Turtles Community Conservation Program
Children are well positioned to implement positive conservation outcomes for freshwater turtles, given their strong environmental consciousness, capacity to influence adult decisions and behaviours, and their vulnerability as the age group most affected by environmental degradation and biodiversity loss.
The Turtles in Schools program offers a tailored curriculum for schools, focused around freshwater turtle conservation and wetland health. It aims to shape students’ learning with a particular attention to scientific literacy and numeracy.
You will find below a comprehensive set of lesson plans designed for Stage 3 students. Our initiative is not just about imparting knowledge through the lesson plans, but fostering a deep connection between students and their natural environment.
Turtles in Schools is very pleased to be In partnership with the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife to bring environmental education and freshwater turtle conservation to classrooms.
In Term 1, students will learn about wetland habitats and their threats. Students will research flora and fauna and collect data on the distribution of flora at their local wetland. Students will learn about freshwater turtles, their morphology and the cultural significance of them to First Nations People.
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In Term 2, students will learn about the threats to freshwater turtles and create a conservation action plan for species. Students will develop their skills as citizen scientists and will implement the experimental design for the National Nest Predation Survey.
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In Term 3, students will learn about water quality parameters and macroinvertebrates, and how both can be used to assess wetland health. Students will conduct water quality testing and macroinvertebrate sampling at their local wetland and analyse their findings.
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In Term 4, students will learn about freshwater turtle nesting and will apply their skills as a citizen scientist to instigate social change that supports freshwater turtle conservation. Students will facilitate their own “Turtle Patrols” and implement turtle nest protection during November (Turtle Month).
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