A Southern Cassowary standing on grass, shown from their left.

Features, Life Cycles and the Environment Year 3-4

Year levels

Year 3, Year 4


See Plan Your Visit


Monday to Friday (during school term)


Australian Animals, Classification, Ecosystems / Habitats, Human Impact, Life cycles

Discover the features and life cycles of Australian animals and learn how they depend on the environment to survive.

Program description

Students will get up close to some of our native Australian animals and discover the diverse adaptations that help these species survive in the wild. They will gain insights into how Australian animals depend on each other and the environment and learn to group them according to their unique features, diet and life cycles.

Students will learn:

  • About the unique features, habitats, and life cycles of Australian animals
  • How to group animals based on their features
  • How animals depend on each other and the environment to survive
  • How students can help to care for wildlife and the environment

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 observation and classification skills to group animals based on their features, life cycles, and habitats. By understanding what animals need to survive, students will understand the challenges our local species face in the wild.

Your Park visit will include: an introduction to the day, Zoo Teacher workshop (30 minutes), and a self-guided walking trail. Check out your Teaching Guide for other ideas of what to do at the Park.  

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 map and itineraries

Your booking confirmation email will list your group's education workshop time/s.

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 3-4


Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)

  • Students will encounter Australian animals and learn to identify the variations in their features and group them accordingly

Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058) 

  • Students will learn about the life cycles of different Australian animals and how they depend on the environment to survive

Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)

  • Students will discover how science has contributed to understanding and resolving issues related to human impacts on the environment and native wildlife

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 Kyabram Fauna Park via the Main entrance. Organising teachers please check with in with our Admissions team upon arrival. More Information. 

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