Deep in the Rainforest

Rainforests are one of the world’s most complex ecosystems and in this theme we present the exuberance of life found within them. We focus on the birds and butterflies which are partly responsible for pollinating rainforest plants, and musky-rat kangaroos and bats which play an important role in the process of seed dispersal. We examine the different layers of the treeline, look at how different organisms have adapted their systems of seed dispersal, and present the concept of interdependence which is key not only to the rainforest ecosystem but also to our global ecosystem. In the primary school program for this theme we also look at the endangered cassowaries as we discuss the importance of conserving our rainforests.

This program is aligned with both the Australian Curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework.