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Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

NSW Department of Education Teachers

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Stage 6 - Geography - Ecosystems at Risk - Towra Point

Stage 6 geography


Towra Point Nature Reserve, Kurnell


This excursion offers students a unique opportunity to  investigate the varied ecosystems at this RAMSAR listed site, these include the barrier swamp, remnant littoral rainforest and Towra beach. 


  • explain the changing nature, spatial patterns and interactions of ecosystems
  • explain the factors which place ecosystems at risk and the reasons for their protection
  • evaluate environmental management strategies in terms of ecological sustainability
  • evaluate the impact of, and responses of people to, environmental change

Key inquiry question:

  • What factors have placed this ecosystem at risk? Why is it important to be protected?

Students will:

  • learn about the spatial patterns and dimensions of the site
  • consider the biophysical interactions including the effects of weather, climate, geomorphic and hydrologic processes, bio geographical processes and adjustments in response to natural stress
  • learn about the nature and rate of change which effects ecosystem functioning
  • observe examples of human impacts
  • learn about traditional and contemporary management practices.

Learning across the curriculum content:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • Sustainability
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy