Aussie Animal Adventurers

Year levels

Foundation, Year 1, Year 2

Cost

$19 per student

Availability

Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 5 students

Themes

Aboriginal Culture, Animal Features, Australian Animals, Endangered Species, Food Chains / Webs, Life cycles

Our Aussie Animal Adventurers get a chance to meet our Aussie icons up close and learn more about the unique animals who call this continent home.

Term 4 program bookings will be self-guided only (no workshops). Teachers can still access the Teaching Guide resource from this page to support student learning.

Program description

Play in nature, explore using your senses and hear animal stories as you meet Australian animals close up and learn about the world around you.

Aussie Animal Adventurers gives students the chance to meet the animals that make this land unique, learn about Aboriginal culture and discover how to become a hero and care for wildlife.

Explore Healesville Sanctuary in small groups, experience close up animal encounters and enjoy feature shows and keeper talks.

Students will learn: 

• About the unique features, habitats and life cycles of Australian animals
• How they can help to care for wildlife
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture
• Sustainability principles

Program sequence

Before your visit

Connect  

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

During your visit

Connect and Understand 

Students will learn about different kinds of animals, their body coverings, features, habitats and life cycles and have the chance to ask questions linked to curriculum priorities. 

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

Understand  

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

Act  

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 F-2

Science

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 encounter Australian animals, learn to recognise their common features and uses of these; identify natural habitats and how changes to these affect an animal’s survival 

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

  • Students will explore the different characteristics in the life stages of Australian animals, including how they are affected by their environment 

Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (VCSIS050) 

  • Students are encouraged to bring and consider questions about Australian animals, particularly endangered wildlife 

Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051) 

  • Students are encouraged to use their senses to gather first-hand information about the natural Australian environment and the animals that live there 
Geography

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 learn how the local Wurundjeri people are connected to the land and animals of their Country/Place 

Plan your excursion 

Aussie 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

Fill out an online form to request a booking for your zoo 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