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Nature Play the Wurundjeri Way

Year levels

Early Childhood

Cost

See Plan Your Visit

Availability

Monday to Friday (during school term)

Themes

Animal Welfare, Australian Animals, Families, Life cycles

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

Program description

In Nature Play the Wurundjeri Way, children will ignite their curiosity and use their senses to explore and connect with the natural world. They will discover the plants and animals that make this land unique and why Healesville Sanctuary is special to the Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri people. 

Set in the beautiful Australian bush, children will experience the wonder of wildlife and the joy of caring for the environment. They will exercise their enquiring minds as they interact with Aboriginal tools, learn simple Woiwurrung language, listen to Dreaming stories, and discover Wurundjeri connections to Country. 

Children will learn:

  • About Wurundjeri culture and connections to Country 
  • Appreciation, care and respect for the natural environment 
  • Interdependence between land, people, plants, and animals 
  • About the impact of human activity on environments and living things 

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Program sequence

Before your visit

Connect

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 song, guided discussions, nature play and Aboriginal storytelling, children will learn about how animals, plants and people are all connected. Children will learn to be a custodian of the land and discover the joy of the natural world – just as the Wurundjeri people do. 

After your visit

Understand

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

Act

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 learn ways to care for the 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.

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