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Cumberland Plain Woodland

Cumberland Plain Woodland is the original vegetation that once covered much of western Sydney. Once hosting a diversity of plants and animals, it is now a critically endangered ecosystem. A remnant of Cumberland Plain Woodland is protected and studied as a conservation research woodland at Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan.

Explore the vegetation layers and diversity of plants and animals of the woodland. Investigate interconnections among species and the importance of the woodland’s biodiversity. Consider sustainability measures that protect the woodland and other natural ecosystems.

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Stage 3 science and technology

Living world

ST2-1WS-S questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations.

ST2-4LW-S compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things.

Inquiry questions

  • How do living things depend on each other and the environment to survive?
  • What are the similarities and differences between the life cycles of living things?

Stage 2 geography

The Earth’s environment

GE2-1 examines features and characteristics of places and environments. 
GE2-2 describes the ways people, places and environments interact. 
GE2-4 acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry.

Inquiry questions

  • How is the Cumberland Plain Woodland important to the environment, animals and people?
  • How can people use places and environments more sustainably?