Four primary-aged children in school uniform keenly looking and pointing with interest.

Non-Curriculum Aligned

Year levels

Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10


See Plan Your Visit


Monday to Friday (during school term)


Aboriginal Culture, Australian Animals, Ecosystems / Habitats

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Australian bush and its wonderous wildlife.

Program description

Healesville Sanctuary provides unique opportunity for real-world learning. Your students will participate in a guided experience that focuses on Australian wildlife. They will observe animals in their habitats and your Sanctuary Teacher will be available to answer their questions.

Students will learn:

  • About Australian animals and the importance of wild places
  • About what makes Australian animals unique
  • How to protect animals in the wild

Program sequence

Before your visit


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 Australian animals as they journey through the Sanctuary.

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

Plan your excursion 

This program 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.  

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