Small child looking into a hollow log with a nest. Inside the nest are three small pale eggs and a large green emu egg.

Aboriginal Culture and Life Cycles

Year levels

Year 1, Year 2


See Plan Your Visit


Monday to Friday (during school term)


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

Dreamtime stories teach us that everything is connected. Discover the connections between animal life cycles, seasonal changes and the environment using augmented reality to explore the night sky and understand Aboriginal culture.

Program description

Aboriginal Culture and Life Cycles brings the wisdom of the Dreamtime to life, allowing students to explore the life cycles of animals and their connections to the environment, seasons, the night sky and Aboriginal culture.

On their journey, students will encounter an animal, act out a Dreamtime story and interact with the natural environment using augmented reality, all while having a lot of fun!

Students will learn:

  • Life cycles and unique features of animals
  • Aboriginal connections between the animals, environment, seasons and the night sky
  • Power of augmented reality technology to understand the world around us

Program sequence

Before your visit


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

During your visit

Connect and Understand 

Students will explore Healesville Sanctuary, making connections between animal life cycles, the environment, seasons and the night sky. Discover augmented reality technology and learn about the world around us.

Your Sanctuary visit will include: A Welcome (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 maps and itineraries

Digital maps will be provided to you on the day.

Program resources

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum F-2


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 observe the unique features of Australian animals 

Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)

  • Students will learn about the life stages of Australian animals

Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape; daily and seasonal changes affect everyday life (VCSSU046)

  • Through Augmented Reality, students will observe the night sky and relate this to the seasons

Weather and seasons and the ways in which different cultural groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, describe them (VCGGK067)

  • Students learn about how seasons are described by the Wurundjeri people

Plan your excursion 

Aboriginal Culture and Life Cycles 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. See the COVID-Safe information for schools before your visit.

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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