Aboriginal Culture and Life Cycles

Year levels

Year 3, Year 4


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 Year 3-4 students to explore animal features and life cycles, the seasons, the night sky and Aboriginal culture. During their learning journey, students will see different animals, hear Dreamtime stories and interact with the natural environment using augmented reality.

Students will learn:

  • Animal features and life cycles
  • Aboriginal connections to wildlife, environment, seasons and the 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 students’ curiosity before their Healesville Sanctuary 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), a Healesville Sanctuary Teacher workshop (40 minutes), Spirits of the Sky presentation and keeper talks. Check out your Teaching Guide for other ideas of what to do at Healesville Sanctuary.

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 3-4


Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things


  • Students will observe and group Australian animals according to their features

Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)

  • Students will learn about the life stages of Australian animals and their connection to the environment

Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day (VCSSU061)

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

The many Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia, and the custodial responsibility they have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability (VCGGK080)

  • Students will discover how Wurundjeri ways of living are connected to their environment and its resources

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.   

The organising teacher should make themselves known to Admission Staff prior to entering Healesville Sanctuary so that payment can be made. 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