Fighting Extinction Challenge
Explore Healesville Sanctuary, meeting our unique, endangered wildlife and learn what you can do to help fight extinction. Are you up for the challenge?
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:
- Australian animal classification and adaptations
- 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
Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark students’ curiosity before their zoo 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.
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.
Victorian Curriculum 7-8
Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (VCSSU090)
- Students explore strategies and actions to help save Australian endangered species and the ethical considerations involved
There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (VCSSU091)
- Students meet Australian animals and learn about different ways to classify them according to similarities and differences, such as features or endangered status
Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs and can be affected by human activity (VCSSU093)
- At up close encounters with Australian animals, students will discuss food chains and webs to explore relationships between organisms and human impacts on ecosystems
Spiritual, cultural and aesthetic value of landscapes and landforms for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, that influence the significance of places, and ways of protecting significant landscapes (VCGGK120)
- Students will learn about the significance of country and Coranderrk to the Wurundjeri people and their custodial approach to caring for country
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