YEAR LEVEL 5-12     GROUP SIZE 25 (Negotiable)     DURATION 1 – 1.5 HRS




Details of Activity

Activity may focus on the adaptations of mangroves enabling them to live successfully in a unique habitat, the role mangroves play in creating a healthy and biodiverse ecosystem or the identification of different species.  Some pre-visit knowledge is highly recommended. Timing is tidally restricted but students do not get too muddy. Consider time of day and year for heat, sandflies and mosquitoes. Slideshows available on Mangrove ID and also Mangrove Adaptations. Can be combined with a Mangrove Animals Activity. Focus of mangrove plants activity is negotiated with the visiting Teacher but would likely be chosen from:

  • Sustainability and human impacts on the environment
  • Ecosystems and ecologies
  • Classification of organisms
  • Adaptations of organisms
  • Field work (Transect searches, soil sampling, biodiversity studies)

(Or combinations of above).

Learning Intent


  • Use a key to identify different species of mangrove and using the scientific name to access further information.
  • Identify the adaptations in mangrove plants that enable them to survive in this specialised environment.
  • Record and interpret data monitoring local biodiversity.


  • Value the role of mangroves and natural coastal ecosystems in maintaining biodiversity.
  • Recognise the impacts, both positive and negative, that humans have had on Mangrove plants.
  • Evaluate the short and long term effects of these impacts.
  • Discuss possible methods of sustainably managing the estuary in the future.

 Ecosystems and Ecologies

  • Identify the factors creating connectivity between systems.
  • Identify patterns, zonations and species distributions in an estuary and explain these.
  • Understand the ecology of select species.
  • History - recognise locations of significance in indigenous history and post European settlement.
  • Recognise the natural processes and events of the past; consider possible impacts of similar events in the future.

Critical & Creative Thinking

  • Inquiring, identifying and exploring and organising information and ideas.
  • Generating ideas, possibilities and actions.
  • Reflecting on thinking and processes.
  • Analysing, synthesising and evaluating reasoning and procedures.


Year level standards and content descriptions can be found within the linked curriculum document.
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