Fighting Extinction Challenge

Year levels

Year 9, Year 10

Cost

$19 per student

Availability

Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students

Themes

Aboriginal Culture, Adaptations, Australian Animals, Biodiversity, Classification, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Human Impact, Leadership

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

Term 4 program bookings will be self-guided only (no workshops). Teachers can still access the Teaching Guide resource from this page to support student learning.

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: 

  • How to gather information about real world conservation issues 
  • Engage with community conservation projects which can be continued back at school 
  • About sustainability and effective ways to care for our environment 
  • They have the ability to 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.

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 9-10

Science

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 
Geography

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ approaches to custodial responsibility and environmental management in different regions of Australia (VCGGK148) 

  • Students will explore how the Wurundjeri people were connected to and cared for country 

Plan your excursion 

Fighting Extinction Challengeis 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

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