Grasslands are an amazing resource with a diverse range of species that interact together

Become immersed in the grasslands of the Victorian Volcanic Plain to discover the diverse array of living and non living things that interact within this ecosystem. The role humans have had to play in causing the dramatic changes in this ecosystem over time and the impact this has had on wildlife will be explored. Students will learn about a Recovery Program we have for a locally threatened grassland species and the role we can all play in helping to fight its extinction.

Pre visit

  1. Check out and register as a new user
  2. Watch this short video (top of page) about how to help save Eastern Barred Bandicoots

Post visit

  1. A new born Eastern Barred Bandicoot is almost the same size as a 5 cent coin. Organise a Common Cents Challenge back at school to support Zoos Victoria help this species fight extinction.
  2. Get creative and show your love for our local threatened wildlife. Create your own video mashup about Eastern Barred Bandicoots then share your creation with the world!

Grassland Ecosystems addresses AusVELS levels 7-10 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.

Program details

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45 minute class & 40 minute safari bus*
$16.10 per student
10:00am, 10:50am, 11:40am, 12:30pm
Student ratio 
1 adult to 10 students
Monday to Friday
What to bring 
Printed Student Trail (below) Bring Your Own Digital Device

Please call (03) 9731 9601
More information for planning your school visit

*Please be at the safari bus shelter 10 minutes prior to departure. Times can't be rescheduled on the day.

You can help Fight

Together we can improve animal care, reduce threatening processes and save endangered species.




Zoos Victoria offers volunteering opportunities at Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary.

Use your skills and experience to help us fight extinction!

Find out how