Year levels

Early Childhood

Cost

$20 per student

Availability

Monday to Friday (during school term) | Available for 2022 only

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 5 students

Themes

Aboriginal Culture, Adaptations, Animal Features, Australian Animals, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species

Through listening to stories and exploring using their senses, children will discover the amazing Australian animals that make this land unique and experience the wonders of the natural world.

Program description

Animal Adventures nurtures children’s love and care for all animals. They will be introduced to Wurundjeri culture and learn about Australia’s unique native animals, their interesting features and how to best care for them. As your children journey through the beautiful surrounds of Healesville Sanctuary, they will activate their sense of curiosity and increase their connection to the natural world. 

Children will learn: 

  • About the unique features and homes of Australian animals
  • How to care for animals and the environment
  • How to explore the natural environment using their senses
  • About Aboriginal cultures and stories

Program sequence

Before your visit

Connect 

Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark students’ curiosity before their Healesville Sanctuary visit. 

During your visit

Connect and Understand 

With a Sanctuary teacher, children will be supported to explore using their senses, and have opportunities to observe animals up close to identify their features and how they survive. Children will hear and act out animal stories, learn about Aboriginal connections to wildlife and participate in guided discussions to discover what makes Australian animals special.

Your Sanctuary visit will include: A Welcome (for arrivals between 9:50am-10:10am), 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

Understand  

Use activities in the Teaching Guide to deepen children's learning.

Act  

Use the Teaching Guide to enable children 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

Links to Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF)

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Children have the opportunity to connect with animals, nature and Aboriginal culture to learn ways to care for the world around them and contribute to a sustainable future
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • Children will explore new environments within a unique bushland setting, practice their social skills and participate in movement activities through song, dance and storytelling
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
  • Children will use their senses to learn about animals and the environment and engage in experiences that stimulate curiosity, wonder and imagination

Plan your excursion 

Animal Adventurersis 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