Double Island Point Field Studies Camp
Field Studies are an integral part of any course in Biology but at Craigslea SHS these are also
exciting adventures which have proven to be life-changing experiences for many students.
During the Year 10 Introductory Biology course, students have opportunities to study ecosystems such as:
- Sand dunes
- Eucalypt forests
- Rocky shores
After travelling along the beach by 4WD to Cooloola
National Park, students set up a campsite which will
be home for three days, whilst they develop
fieldwork skills and collect data on the ecosystem zonation, which is typical of high energy coastal environments. The
students work in teams to identify patterns of plant
distribution, and present their findings in industry
Cooloola National Park has proven an ideal site for
academic studies because of its isolation from urban
impact and because it affords opportunities to study
rainforest and Eucalypt forests, as well as the tidal
differential of organisms along a rocky shore.
The camp requires that the students organise their own catering – they devise menus,
shop, cook and clean up for themselves. By sharing meals, as well as
responsibilities, the students develop friendships and interpersonal skills which are
invaluable in a demanding working environment.