Student watches a Helmeted Honeyeater fly away. The bird is vibrant yellow with its wings spread in flight.

Adaptations, Survival and Sustainability

Year levels

Year 5, Year 6


$20 per student


Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 5 students (recommended)


Aboriginal Culture, Adaptations, Australian Animals, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Human Impact, Sustainability

Discover the diversity of Australian animals, their amazing adaptations and the environmental conditions they need to survive.

Program description

Adaptations, Survival and Sustainability introduces students to the diversity of Australian animals, their amazing adaptations and the environmental conditions they need to survive.

Informed by their learning, students will be encouraged to reflect on actions they can take to help care for wildlife. Wurundjeri culture and sustainability principles further enrich this program.

Students will learn:

  • About animal adaptations and survival
  • About sustainability and effective ways to care for our environment
  • How to gather information about real world conservation issues
  • How they can make a difference in their world

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, attending animal encounters, keeper talks and the Spirits of the Sky presentation. Students will learn about the diversity of Australian animals including their adaptations and the environmental conditions they need to survive.

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 the 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.

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 5-6


Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074) 

  • Students will encounter Australian animals to discover how particular adaptations aid their survival in Australian environments 

The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075) 

  • Students explore how the survival of Australian animals is linked to the physical conditions of their environment with a particular focus on endangered species 

Influence of people, including the influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (VCGGK094)

  • Students learn about how local environments change over time and how this affects animals; as well as how Aboriginal communities altered the environment through their methods of land and resource management 

Plan your excursion 

Adaptations, Survival and Sustainability is 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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  • 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