Digital Program | Nature Play the Wurundjeri Way

Year levels

Early Childhood


$180 per class of 30 children


Online workshop: Tuesday and Thursday

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 30 children


Aboriginal Culture, Australian Animals, Ecosystems / Habitats

Children will engage their senses in nature, explore Aboriginal cultures and connect to wildlife and the environment through play and discovery.

Program description

Each program includes a 30-minute online workshop with a Sanctuary Teacher and a teaching guide filled with activities for your scope and sequence. While not a tour of the Sanctuary, you will have direct access to your own expert Sanctuary Teacher and unique Healesville Sanctuary content.

In Nature Play the Wurundjeri Way, children will ignite their curiosity and use their senses to explore, play and connect with the natural world. They will discover what makes this land unique and why Healesville Sanctuary is special to the Wurundjeri people.

Children will exercise their enquiring minds through listening to Dreaming stories, exploring simple Woiwurrung language and learning about Wurundjeri connections to plants and wildlife.

Children will learn:

  • About Aboriginal cultures and Wurundjeri connections to the land
  • How to appreciate, respect and care for living and non-living things
  • How to explore the natural environment using all of their senses
  • About the unique habitats of Australian animals

Want to come face-to-face with our incredible wildlife and extend your students' learning in their environment? Book in an excursion to one of our three amazing zoos.

Program sequence

Before your online workshop


Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) and Workbook to spark students’ curiosity before their online workshop.

During your online workshop

Connect and Understand

Through story, song and guided investigations children will learn about how animals, plants and people are all connected and how to care for the environment – just as the Wurundjeri people do.

After your online workshop


Use activities in the Teaching Guide and Workbook to deepen students’ learning back at school.


Use the Teaching Guide to enable children to master their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts.

Learning outcomes

Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF)

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Children will explore Aboriginal culture, discover animals and their habitats and develop their respect and love for the natural environment.
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • Children will be supported to work collaboratively in safe, outdoor, natural play spaces and make new discoveries about the interconnectedness of the land, plants, animals and Wurundjeri culture.
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
  • Children will use their senses to connect with living and non-living things in the natural environment and explore how the Wurundjeri people used different tools, techniques and shared Dreaming stories.

Online workshop details

Your online workshop will be hosted on Zoom.   

All you need is a computer or device with internet access.

During the exclusive online workshop for your class, you will be able use the camera and microphone functions.  

Children can also communicate with a Healesville Sanctuary Teacher by typing in the Chat  box.  

We will send out a link to join the program to the teacher that booked.

Join us ten minutes before your start time. Arriving early will enable us to check any tech issues and start your session on time.  

Book now

Call 1300 966 784 to book an online workshop.   

Credit card payment at time of booking. Cancellation must be made at least 10 business days prior to your booked workshop. If not, a cancellation fee of $180 will be invoiced.