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Wet and wild Stage 3

The challenge

Wet & Wild is a research challenge for Stage 3 students, which integrates technology, research and language skills in the areas of Geography and Science. Students from around the state compete and are challenged to find the names of 16 organisms using mixed up sets of clues over four weeks.

Each Monday, students download 24 clues related to a wetland theme. The students will have until Friday to sort the clues to find and match with four wetland organisms. They may be plants, birds, animals or insects. 

The following Monday the results of the previous week are published on this page. The challenge goes for four weeks. 

  • Term 3: Weeks 2, 3, 4 and 5

Students may participate in class teams or group teams within a class, but each school is limited to three teams only.

Check out the past clues.


Clues 2020

Week 1 clues

Week 2 clues

Week 3 clues

Week 4 clues



Use the proforma to return your answers. 

Email back to wetlands-e.school@det.nsw.edu.au by 12 noon on Friday each week.

Please help:

We ask for your help to speed up marking. We are teachers too and mark over the weekend.

1. Have your clues in by the deadline, 12 noon each Friday.

2. Please put them in numerical order on the answer sheet.

The easier you make it on the markers the quicker the scores and answers will be posted. Thank you


Total each week of 40 marks.

4 marks for a correct animal or plant common name.

If that is correct, then 1 mark for each correct clue. 

The species has to be correct for the clues to be marked. Each clue can only be used once.

A team may get a species correct but not all the clues (4 marks for the species and then up to 6 marks for the correct clues).

Super Stars

Many species have similar common names. To add to the challenge you can submit the scientific name as proof that you have done your research, just like a scientist.

If the team does submit all the correct scientific names and clues they get their name on the Super Star list on the website but no extra marks.

Those teams that get the common names and clues all correct are also listed on the website.

HOWEVER there is a risk; if a team have a correct common name but use the incorrect scientific name eg for an overseas species or one that lives in a different location, the team get no points as it is the incorrect species.

We have set it that way so teachers can choose which degree of difficulty their students may wish to compete at.



The correct answers for each session will be published here on completion of marking.

Week 1 Answers

Week 2 Answers

Week 3 Answers

Week 4 Answers


Team progressive scores

If your team does not have a score beside your name we have not received your entry (or oops we have made a mistake). Please send us an email to check.

Thank you all for your very hard researching, working together and completing the Wet & Wild Challenge. 

Final score table


Winners for 2020

It has never happened before in Wet & Wild history!

There is only one winning team for our statewide online research challenge and they are

Tweed Heads South Public School- Green Team with a perfect score.


2nd place - Jennings Public School - Jennings 1

3rd place - Rutherford Public School - The Eco-Warriors


The following teams had a perfect score in Week 4.

40 point Super Stars- All correct including scientific names.

Bonnyrigg Public School               - Enviro Leaders            

Jennings Public School                  - Jennings 1

Murray Farm Public School          - 6/5G

Tregeagle Public School               - Eagles        


40 points - All correct.

Rutherford Public School          The Eco-Warriors                    

Tweed Heads South Public School - Green Team