to Trees (75kb .pdf)
In this session children are introduced to the great many ways in
which trees enrich our life and our cities. The different types
of plants are explored including groundcovers, shrubs & vines and
with the main focus on trees. Children are introduced to ten ways
in which trees benefit humans and show the critical role they play
in balancing our ecosystems. A range of local native and cultural
exotic trees of Townsville are explored.
& Urban Environments (75kb
In this session children are introduced to the concept of biodiversity,
helping them to understand how an ecosystem works and any plants
or animals of particular importance- drivers- within the habitat.
They are assisted to explore the idea of why biodiversity is so
important to our well-being & urban environments. The concept of
rare and dominant plant and animal species is discussed and why
too much or too little of any one thing can be a problem. The web
based Townsville Natural Assets Database is introduced as a resource
(www.soe-townsville.org/images.html). The role the Green tree ant
plays in this delicate balance of diversity is explored.
3. Plants of Townsville
CD Rom Exercise (71kb .pdf)
This activity will answer many of the children's questions
about native trees and plants. Fallen leaves, flowers and seed pods
from the school grounds are collected and used in conjunction with
the CD Plants of Townsville to assist children identify plants.
Each category of plant has special uses from gardening to amenity
planting to revegetation of natural areas, or all of the above.
Some plants attract certain animals or have features which repel
others. The structure of a plant, leaf and flower are also presented
to the children using new learning materials developed by Townsville
4. What's in a
Garden? A Tour of the School Grounds (71kb
I t is important to know and understand the range of plant
and animal life inhabiting our immediate surroundings. By becoming
familiar with our local environment, we expand our knowledge base
and form links to other areas, habitats and ecosystems not only
within our own region and nation but also worldwide. The children
are provided with special Greentree Ant research kits to assist
them to work scientifically in exploring sections of their school
5. Bush Tucker
Trail at Townsville Common – Field Trip (71kb
The Town Common is one of Townsville’s Conservation Parks
and internationally significant wetlands. As well as having areas
to view birds and other wildlife, it also houses some great examples
of Townsville’s local native plant bush foods. The Children
are led on a captivating guided tour of this area with a short stop
for morning tea.
6. School Grounds
Soil Survey (71kb .pdf)
Townsville has a number of different soil types which determine
the types of plants that grow there and therefore the types of animals
which are attracted to the area. Understanding the soil variety
in an area helps us to understand above-ground habitats better.
The children are assisted to explore different soil types by an
expert in this specialist field.
7. Plants and
their Floral Visitors (80kb
Many of Townsville’s local native plants have beautiful and
interesting flowers and fruit which we enjoy in our gardens. They
also serve an important role in our ecosystems to animals that help
to pollinate flowers and assist the plants to produce seeds, ensuring
the survival of the species. The role of the Green tree ant as a
pollinator in this region is explored and examined.
8. School Shade
Tree Ceremony (46Kb
The School Shade Tree ceremony is the highlight of the Greentree
Ants program. Children explore the importance of having trees in
their school grounds and get hands-on experience in planting, looking
after the plants and watching their garden grow. Townsville City
Council will prepare the holes; provide mulch, fertilizer and plants.