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Nature Play the Wurundjeri Way

Year levels

Early Childhood


See Plan Your Visit


Monday to Friday (during school term)


Aboriginal Culture

Engage your senses in nature! Connect with the environment through nature play and learn about Aboriginal culture and unique Australian wildlife.

Program description

In Nature Play the Wurundjeri Way, children will ignite their curiosity and use their senses to explore, play and connect with the natural world. They will discover what makes this land unique and why Healesville Sanctuary is special to the Wurundjeri people.

Children will exercise their enquiring minds as they interact with Aboriginal artefacts, listen to Dreaming stories, explore simple Woiwurrung language and learn about Wurundjeri connections to plants and wildlife.

Children will learn:

  • About Aboriginal culture and Wurundjeri connections to the land
  • How to appreciate, respect and care for living and non-living things
  • How to explore the natural environment using all of their senses
  • About the unique habitats of Australian animals

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Program sequence

Before your visit


Use the activities in the Teaching Guide and Student Workbook (below) to spark students’ curiosity before their Healesville Sanctuary visit.

During your visit

Connect and Understand

Through story, song, guided discussions and play-based exploration at Healesville Sanctuary, children will learn about how animals, plants and people are all connected and how to care for the environment – just as the Wurundjeri people do.

Your Sanctuary visit will include: A Welcome (for arrivals between 9:50am-10:10am), a Healesville Sanctuary Teacher workshop (40 minutes), Spirits of the Sky Presentation and keeper talks. Check out your Teaching Guide and Student Workbook for other ideas of what to do at Healesville Sanctuary.

After your visit


Use activities in the Teaching Guide and Student Workbook to deepen students’ learning back at school.


Use the Teaching Guide to enable children 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 Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF)

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Children will use self-directed play based learning to explore Aboriginal culture, discover animals and their habitats and develop their respect and love for the natural environment.
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • Children will be supported to work collaboratively in safe, outdoor, natural play spaces and make new discoveries about the interconnectedness of the land, plants, animals and Wurundjeri culture.
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
  • Children will use their senses to connect with living and non-living things in the natural environment and explore how the Wurundjeri people use different tools, techniques and share Dreaming stories.

Plan your excursion 

Nature Play the Wurundjeri Way is an outdoor all-weather program; the children 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. See the COVID-Safe information for schools before your visit.

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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