Aussie Animal Adventurers

Year levels

Year 3, Year 4


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students


Aboriginal Culture, Adaptations, Australian Animals, Classification, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Food Chains / Webs, Life cycles

Our Aussie Animal Adventurers get a chance to meet our Aussie icons up close and learn more about the unique animals who call this continent home.

Program Description

Meet our Aussie animals up close and learn about the features, life-cycles and habitats of these unique icons.

Aussie Animal Adventurers gives students the chance to learn about the animals that make this land unique and how to become a hero to help save wildlife.

Explore the sanctuary in small groups, experiencing close up animal encounters and enjoying feature shows and keeper talks. Learn about Wurundjeri connections to wildlife, how to care for animals and sustainably manage the world around us.

During the day, students will learn about different kinds of animals, their body coverings, features, habitats and life cycles and how to group them based on these differences. Students are encouraged to bring and consider questions about Australian animals, particularly endangered wildlife, and the effect humans have on native habitats and wildlife.

Children will learn:

  • Animals’ unique characteristics, habitats and life-cycles and how to group them accordingly
  • Aboriginal history, culture and sustainability
  • How they can help save wildlife
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture
  • Principles of sustainability
Activity Duration
10.30am: Welcome and introduction to your day with Healesville Sanctuary teacher 15 minutes
10.45am – 12pm: Explore the Sanctuary in small groups meeting Sanctuary teachers and attend educational keeper talks 75 minutes
11.15am: Tales from Platypus Creek show (optional) 20 minutes
12pm: Spirits of the Sky show 25 minutes
1pm – 1.45pm: Explore the Sanctuary in small groups meeting Sanctuary teachers and attend educational keeper talks
45 minutes
1.45pm – 2pm: Healesville Sanctuary teacher check-in as you exit 15 minutes

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 3 – 4

Science Understanding

Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)

  • Students will encounter Australian animals and learn to identify the variations in their features and group them accordingly

Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)

  • Students will learn about the life cycles of different Australian animals and how they depend on the environment to survive

Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)

  • Students will discover how science contributes to understanding and problem solving issues related to human impacts on native wildlife


Geographical Knowledge

The many Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia, and the custodial responsibility they have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability (VCGGK080)

  • Students will discover how the Wurundjeri peoples’ ways of living were adapted to the resources of their Country/Place

Types of natural vegetation and the significance of vegetation to the environment, the importance of environments to animals and people, and different views on how they can be protected; the use and management of natural resources and waste, and different views on how to do this sustainably (VCGGK082)

  • Students will explore how vegetation provides habitat for animals and the sustainable use of natural resources

Plan your excursion 

Aussie Animal Adventurers is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. Students should also bring enquiry questions linked to the curriculum and optional digital learning resources.

The organising teacher should make themselves known to Admission Staff via the Members Express Lane to arrange payment. More information

Book your excursion

Call (03) 9340 2788

You will need the following to book your excursion:

  • Education program of your choice
  • Preferred excursion date
  • School name and address
  • Contact details of organising teacher
  • Number of students/classes and their year level