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Aboriginal Connections to Country

Year levels

Foundation, Year 1, Year 2


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during school term) | Available Term 4 2021 only

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 5 students


Aboriginal Culture, Animal Features, Australian Animals, Ecosystems / Habitats

Connect with the environment through nature play and learn about Aboriginal culture and unique Australian wildlife.

Program description

In Aboriginal Connections to Country, students 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, learn about Aboriginal culture and local connections to Country.

Through guided discussions and exploration, students will learn why Healesville Sanctuary is significant to the Wurundjeri people and how Australian animals, plants and people are all connected.

Students will learn:

  • About Aboriginal culture, traditions and their connections to plants, animals and the land
  • About how Healesville Sanctuary is a special place for the Wurundjeri people
  • About Australian animals and their unique habitats
  • To develop awareness of the interconnectedness between the land, plants and animals

Program sequence

Before your visit


Use the activities in the teaching guide (below) to spark students’ curiosity before their zoo visit.

During your visit

Connect and Understand 

Students will exercise their enquiring minds through interacting with artefacts, listening to dreaming stories, exploring Woiworrung language and learning about Aboriginal connections to plants and wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary.

Your zoo visit will include: Introduction (for arrivals between 9:50am-10:10am), Healesville Sanctuary Teacher-led activities, Spirits of the Sky presentation and keeper talks. Check out your Teaching Guide for other ideas of what to do at the zoo.   

After your visit


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


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

Program resources


Aboriginal Connection to Country Teaching Guide *coming soon*

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum F-2


Identify how people are connected to different places (VCGGC059)

  • Through explicit teaching and play-based learning, students will discover how the Wurundjeri people connected to the land surrounding Healesville Sanctuary.

Connections of people in Australia to other places in Australia and across the world (VCGGK065)  

  • Students will engage their senses in nature and learn about why the environment is so important to the Wurundjeri people. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Country/Place on which the school is located and why Country/Place is important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the ways in which they maintain special connections to particular Country/Place (VCGGK066)

  • Students will discover how Aboriginal ways of living help to build their connection to Country.

Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)

  • Students will explore and learn about the habitats of Australian animals

Plan your excursion 

Aboriginal Connection to Country an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection.      

School groups will enter Healesville Sanctuary via the Main Entrance. Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival. More information.    

All onsite excursion bookings are subject to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and as such are subject to change in line with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s advice. We will be in contact with all teachers prior to their booked date if we need to clarify any new requirements.

Book your education experience

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You will need to know the following to book your zoo excursion or online workshop:

  • Education program of your choice (if applicable)
  • Preferred date
  • School name and address
  • Contact details of organising teacher
  • Number of students/classes and their year level