Motivation for outdoor experiences. Nature…..what does it mean? Nature is a word used in many contexts. Used by media for advertising, promotion. Something that occurs on its own & without human interference. (Nature 1)
Something that is natural can still be unnatural in a particular environment. Wool vs. Acrylic debate Wool – sheep (natural living thing, introduced species to Australia) Acrylic – manufactured substance (from fossil fuels from earth) List goes on.
Natural Environments Is a vast, pristine & contains no solid evidence of human manipulation Sometimes called a wilderness area.
Humans & Natural Environments Discuss & make notes with a partner. If natural means untouched, how many natural environments are there around now? Where is your closest natural environment? How easy is it for you to access this environment?
Humans & natural Environments Aboriginal people: Part of natural Little impact on the environment Spiritual relationship with land (dreaming) European settlers Superior to nature They could control the environment Cleared areas for settlements & agriculture Introduced animals for farming/ recreation
Humans & Natural Environments Contemporary Australians More environmentally conscious Learning that natural resources are not limitless Modern society working to develop ecologically sustainable practices Green power Recycling Sustaining natural environments & wilderness.
Contemporary Australians City dwellers – not so easy to access natural environments Accessibility to natural environments has increased over time. Private cars Public transport Natural places have lost this authenticity over time due to increased numbers of people visiting
Contemporary Australians & Nature Perceptions of what nature is has changed Expanding urbanization of Melbourne means less children are getting rural experiences, thus less access to nature. Easier to visit a modified environment to get natural experience.
Learning activity 1.5 1. Write your definition of natural environments. 2. List the five most natural environments that you have visited. 3. List five other natural environments in Victoria. 4. On the map provided mark in these environment.
What has happened to Australia’s natural environments. Increased land use & pressure on natural environment has led to: Land degradation Increased salinity Erosion Governments have worked to restore these environments to a degree.
Investigation into a ‘Recycled Environment’ Read – Newport Lakes Park Write a short response – Can people experience a truly ‘Natural’ experience in this type of environment?
Learning activity 1.6 1. Sit or lie on the grass in the school grounds or a safe local park or garden. 2. Close your eyes. 3. Listen to, and smell, the city. 4. Focus carefully for at least 10 min 5. Gradually shift your focus on the sounds and smells of nature, feel the tempreature, strength & direction of the breeze. 6. Write a brief account of your experience.