Waterways for Wildlife

Our iconic platypus is loved for being unique, but protecting habitats in which the platypus lives is crucial for its survival

Grab your boots and wet weather gear because ‘Waterways for Wildlife' is real world learning. Zoo educators will assist students in investigating Badger Creek, the natural home of the platypus. This program not only aims to inspire students, but to provide them with a set of skills to protect local waterways.

At Healesville Sanctuary students will conduct streamside water quality testing, observe platypus behaviour up close, and see what live platypus food looks like. This will help equip students with skills needed to organise their own creek and stream clean-ups, and undertake an overhaul of household products that are best for the environment.

Pre visit

  • Watch the video (top of page) to learn more about Platypus from our resident expert Jess Thomas and find out how choosing phosphate-free detergents and cleaners help Platypus! If you can't view it you can watch it on Act Wild here.

Post visit 

  1. Conduct a kitchen audit. Go through the kitchen cupboards at home and find the phosphates!
  2. Visit Actwild.org.au to take action and learn more about Platypus. 

Waterways for Wildlife addresses AusVELS levels 5-10 standards.  It supports the cross-curriculum priorities of Sustainability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures and addresses achievements in the domains of Science, Interpersonal Development, Personal Learning, Civics and Citizenship, English, Humanities, Communication and Thinking Processes.