Landscape hazards (physical geography) field trip – Lenah Valley & Cataract Gorge river valleys

A Professional Learning Opportunity

Experience this physical geography field trip for teachers.  You are invited to either Newtown Rivulet or Cataract Gorge, to walk with physical geographer and soil scientist, Dr Melinda McHenry and university students. Enhance your understanding of the possible vulnerabilities of human populations living or occupying space on a regular basis, near the water bodies. Attending teachers can use the field trip as a basis for excursion-planning for their classes.

Details

  • Suitable for teachers of Geography, Environmental Science and Science, Years 8-12
  • Expected duration of 3 hours excluding travel
  • Offered face-to-face in Lenah Valley or Launceston only at times listed
  • The field trip is free of charge
  • An email with additional information will be sent to registered participants the week before the trip

Registrations are now closed.

  • We will walk along the New Town Rivulet track in Lenah Valley (Hobart) for 2-4 km, assessing flood risk and bank condition at various points along the rivulet.
  • For the Launceston-based trip, we will traverse different sections of Cataract Gorge and the adjacent reserve, noting the various modifications to flow characteristics of the South Esk River
  • In both cases, we will investigate the general area to establish the context and possible vulnerabilities of human populations living or occupying space on a regular basis, near the water bodies
  • We will be measuring slope, estimating ground vegetation cover, estimating canopy cover, taking some rudimentary sediment tests and taking photographs of various locations along our journey
  • We will talk about what may contribute to flood risk at each location and note any evidence of prior flood by examining erosion features in the field
  • We will consider risks and hazards associated with this erosion, and the inherent vulnerability of this landscape to further environmental degradation
  • We will then consider the impacts that this landscape might have on adjacent, peri-urban environments

This trip is led by physical geographer and soil scientist, Dr Melinda McHenry.

All field trips are now full.

Field trip details

LocationDateTime
New Town Rivulet track in Lenah Valley, Hobart 3 May 2021 2-5pm
New Town Rivulet track in Lenah Valley, Hobart 4 May 2021 2-5pm
New Town Rivulet track in Lenah Valley, Hobart 5 May 2021 2-5pm
Cataract Gorge, near Trevallyn, Launceston 6 May 2021 2-5pm

Staff will need their own transport and will meet at Acanthe Park in Lenah Valley, or the Gorge Carpark lower reach in Trevallyn at 2:10 pm, returning to the carpark at 5pm.

Please wear closed footwear with hard soles (beware wet and slippery rocks) and suitable clothing. Please come prepared for possible wet weather.

Dr Melinda McHenry, Physical Geographer and Learning and Teaching Strategist in Geography, Planning & Spatial Sciences

Melinda is a Physical Geographer with a background in landscape ecology and management, and soil science. She primarily devotes her time to research, postgraduate supervision and leadership in geoconservation and natural resource management.

Melinda spends a lot of time in the outdoors in Tasmania and enjoys sharing her passion for practical environmental management with others. Melinda focuses her teaching and extension on rural and remote education, and has a specific interest in equipping rural students with geographic information technologies. An example of this can be found on the utas_geoheritage Instagram page.