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Year 11 Students – Perth Hills Excursion

It was invaluable to be out in the field and experience first-hand what was learnt in the Year 11 Geography classroom.

In Semester 1, the Year 11 Geography class studied natural hazards as part of Unit 1. This year we focused on bushfires, a hazard that we are all too familiar with in Perth.

On Thursday 6 May, the students travelled to the Perth Hills where they visited the Discovery Centre in Mundaring. Here, the experts from WA Park and Wildlife facilitated a fieldwork data collection session to highlight the particular vulnerability of the Perth Hills to bushfires. The data and evidence related particularly to the topography, vegetation, fuel load and climate specific to the Hills. The second half of the excursion was equally hands-on and practical but focused on the mitigation and prevention strategies implemented by stakeholders such as WA Park and Wildlife, the SES and Fire Department.

As usual, it was invaluable to be out in the field and experience first-hand what was learnt in the classroom.

Image via Hunter and Bligh

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