Ecosystems and Sustainability

Year levels

Year 9, Year 10


$20 per student


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

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students


Aboriginal Culture, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Human Impact, Sustainability

Explore animal adaptations, ecosystems and real-world conservation issues.

Program description

Ecosystems and Sustainability introduces students to wildlife research, ecosystems and real-world conservation issues.

Informed by their learning, students will be encouraged to reflect on actions they can take to help care for wildlife and the environment. Aboriginal approaches to custodial responsibility and environmental management 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
  • That 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, 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

Program resources coming soon!

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 9-10


The values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research (VCSSU116)

  • Students consider how the choices they make and actions they take can lead to social behavioural change and influence the environment and survival of animals

Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (VCSSU121) 

  • Students will meet Australian animals, learn about the biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems and how they change through time 

Plan your excursion 

Ecosystems and Sustainabilityis 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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  • 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