Ross Mars

Dr Ross Mars began his career as a senior secondary school science teacher, writing and co-writing a number of books about science and technology.

Over the last twenty years, he has worked in the water industry, focusing on wastewater treatment and re-use. He has presented papers at a number of international conferences, both in Australia and overseas, and has had several papers published in scientific journals.

Ross is one of the most authoritative permaculture teachers, designers and consultants in Australia, authoring three books on the subject as well as other resources on energy-efficient housing design and renewable energy systems for power generation.

More recently, Ross has developed and introduced the new accredited permaculture courses in Western Australia, including Certificate I and Certificate II VET programs for schools and community groups as well as all courses up to the diploma level in permaculture.

Ross maintains a strong interest in preparing people for the transition to sustainable living, especially as we move into a challenging and uncertain future, and he continues to work as an educator and author.

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  1. Science in a Garden: Activities and Projects for the Outdoor Classroom, Years F–6

    Permaculture expert and educator Ross Mars is back with another collection of hands-on projects and investigations that provide students with opportunities to observe, understand and contribute to a thriving garden ecosystem. Students will follow the journey from theory to final product through the book’s six parts: understanding science in the garden, growth in the garden, changes in the garden, animals in the garden, human use of the garden and products from the garden. Each activity is aligned to the Australian Curriculum: Science and the Australian Curriculum: Technologies as well as the cross-curriculum priority of sustainability. Plus, teachers can use the handy index of curriculum links to assist with their planning.

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  2. Life in a Garden: Activities and Projects for the Outdoor Classroom, Years F-6

    Help your primary students develop a deep appreciation for the natural world with Life in a garden: Activities and projects for the outdoor classroom. In this practical handbook, permaculture expert Dr Ross Mars guides teachers through the basics of garden design and maintenance, while providing opportunities for students to explore and contribute to a thriving ecosystem. Using this resource, readers will find: tips for effective garden design, including establishing basic garden beds and deciding on effective planting strategies; advice for seasonal planting and harvesting produce; sustainable solutions for managing common pests; and flexible activities aligned to the Australian Curriculum.

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    A$39.95

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