Student watches a Helmeted Honeyeater fly away. The bird is vibrant yellow with its wings spread in flight.

Fighting Extinction Challenge

Year levels

Year 5, Year 6

Cost

$19 per student

Availability

Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students

Themes

Adaptations, Australian Animals, Endangered Species, Life cycles

Explore Healesville Sanctuary, meeting our unique, endangered wildlife and learn what you can do to help fight extinction. Are you up for the challenge?

Program description

The Fighting Extinction Challenge encourages students to investigate how they can help to care for endangered wildlife. 

Wurundjeri history and culture and sustainability principles enrich the Fighting Extinction Challenge to provide students with the background they need to help care for wildlife.  

Informed by their learning, students will be challenged to reflect on their ideas and actions to help save endangered wildlife and spread stories of hope. 

Students will learn: 

  • Animal adaptations and survival
  • Sustainability and effective ways to care for our environment 
  • How to gather information about real world conservation issues 
  • How community conservation projects can be continued back at school
  • That they can make a difference in their world

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 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 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.

Program resources

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 5-6

Science

Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074) 

  • Students will encounter Australian animals to discover how particular adaptations aid their survival in Australian environments 

The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075) 

  • Students explore how the survival of Australian animals is linked to the physical conditions of their environment with a particular focus on endangered species 
Geography

Influence of people, including the influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (VCGGK094)

  • Students learn about how local environments change over time and how this affects animals; as well as how Aboriginal communities altered the environment through their methods of land and resource management 

Plan your excursion 

Fighting Extinction Challenge 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.   

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