Weather: We never cancel fieldtrips for bad weather! You must be prepared to work in the rain with the appropriate clothing. Likewise you should always protect yourself from the sun and dehydration.
Transport: You will need to arrange your own transport for these fieldtrips. Ideally you should arrange to drive to each site with several other students from your practical class. There are usually a limited number of spaces available in staff vehicles.
Arrival: See the prac book for the arrival time for your fieldtrip. For Seal Rocks there are two options (1) 8 am Friday morning, (2) midday Saturday. For Macdonald River we (currently) plan for the same timetable.
Cost: You must cover your own food and transport costs and pay for accommodation. We book accommodation on behalf of the group and you must pay your money using the form to be provided on the iLearn page BEFORE THE TRIP.
Food: We will advise you of plans depending on which fieldtrip option you choose. You will need lunches to eat in the field and to provide your own breakfast. Depending on which fieldtrip option you choose you may need to bring one dinner. There are no shops nearby. We will provide a BBQ dinner on one night of each fieldtrip.
Accommodation: Field accommodation is in bunk rooms with communal kitchens, dining, bathroom/toilet and work areas. You should bring (apart from the gear listed below) a sleeping bag, pillow and towel.
Departure: We aim to leave the field by midday Saturday (first option) or 5pm on the Sunday afternoon (second option), after all field equipment is returned and the accommodation cleaned. You must sign off before returning home.
Personal Field Equipment: Each student should bring the following aids/comforts on each field trip:
· sturdy shoes - no sandals, thongs, or high heels! (no visible skin below the ankles)
· water bottle (at least 1 litre)
· wet weather gear - we go whatever the weather!!! Cheap plastic ponchos will not survive walking through scrub.
· hat (with a wide brim, front and back), insect repellent and sunscreen
· field note book and pencils (see note below)
· calculator, hand lens, small pocket knife
· your lunch, drinks & snacks for the day - we do not stop at shops!!!
· a back pack to store it all in
FIELD EQUIPMENT YOU SHOULD PURCHASE
· Hand lens
Each student MUST purchase a small hardcover notebook for use in the field. It should be bound down the spine on the left side, or across the top (but NOT spiral bound). The notebook does not necessarily have to be used only for this unit (you may have used it on previous trips) but it should be good quality and able to withstand a week in the field – in what may be wet conditions. The best, and most expensive, option is a waterproof Rite-in-the-Rain, Markrite or Chartwell notebook. There are several versions but the best options are 1. Geological (Rite in the Rain 540F), with columns, lines and grids (good for sketching and data), included classifications; 2. Small Rite in the Rain notebook (200T) which can be inserted in a hard cover (200C). The first will last you several fieldtrips (and units), the second will probably last you this Unit.
These items can be bought online, for example, Prospectors Supplies. They can be used in many ENVS, BIOL and GEOS units.
SAFETY IN THE FIELD AND LABORATORY
Any student who has a disability that may limit their participation in field work or that could result in a medical emergency in the field should notify the unit convenor immediately. As a general guide to the level of physical fitness required, you should be able to walk 10 km over open undulating terrain in 3 hours.
Each student must ensure his/her own safety at all times during field excursions.
- Do not undertake fieldwork alone. You must work with at least one other person.
- You must be adequately equipped to undertake fieldwork, including wet weather clothing, warm clothing, hat and sun protection, protective footware (closed toe boots or shoes).
- You should bring a first aid kit if you have one (they will be provided to each group but do not include any drugs/creams etc).
- Do not undertake any activity you feel to be unsafe. Discuss with the fieldtrip leader any concerns you have about particular tasks.
- Be watchful of the safety of your fellow students, if they become separated from the group or are at some other risk. Tell the fieldtrip leader as soon as you notice a potentially dangerous situation.
- If you have any medical condition (including allergies) that require medication then you should bring medication with you. We do not have and cannot provide any medication (including non-prescription).
Laboratory work in this unit does not involve hazardous chemicals. Nevertheless, in the laboratory you must wear safe (closed) footwear and generally follow safe practice. Where items of equipment are to be used, do not use them until you have received adequate training.