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Geography & science - Adaptations to bushfire

Some plants are more resilient to bushfire than others and in fact, need fire to survive and thrive. Through this excursion and unit of work, students learn to identify local native plants and focus on a number of plant adaptations that make them more resilient to bushfire.

This program supports student learning in the Geography Factors That Shape Places unit and Science and Technology Living World.  

Maximum student numbers: 3 classes (90 students)

Download program documents:

Pre-excursion tasks

Please complete the following task with students prior to your Brewongle excursion.

Conduct online research to identify 4-5 structural adaptations of Australian native plants to bushfire. Explain how the structural features help the plant survive when affected by bushfire.

Collate this information in a table to bring to your Brewongle excursion. The table should include:

  • Plant type or species
  • Structural adaptation to bushfire
  • How the adaptation helps the plant survive

Some helpful links to support your research:

Post-excursion tasks

Task 1. Your School - Processing Geographical Information

Use the Book Creator file you created on your excursion to identify the plants around your school.

What can you do to reduce the risk of (mitigate) bushfire at your school while managing natural habitat and biodiversity?

Task 2. Bushfire Disaster in Your Local Region - Communicating Geographical Information

Research a bushfire disaster in your local area (for example, the Gospers Mountain Bushfire of 2019/20) and make a creative presentation (poster, infographic, etc) including the following:

  1. Identify the location and extent of the bushfire
  2. Describe the impact of the disaster on natural vegetation
  3. Evaluate the damage caused to communities

Task 3. Your Future

How can people be more prepared if they live in bushfire prone areas? Design a project to teach your local community how to:

  • Identify bushfire risk, and
  • Prevent and minimise the effects of a bushfire

Wildlife Recovery

Wildlife recovery has been slow and while some species may never recover, others have shown incredible instinct (or luck) to survive fires. Wildlife rescuers and supporters have received funding to set up wildlife feed and water stations in bushfire affected areas. The YouTube videos identify a range of species utilising a wildlife feed and water station in Colo Heights after the Gospers Mountain Bushfire.

Watch the videos: