Young male student looking closely at a Tawny Frogmouth. His mouth is open and he is looking down at the head of the bird.

Aussie Animal Adventurers

Year levels

Foundation, Year 1, Year 2


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 5 students


Aboriginal Culture, Animal Features, Australian Animals, 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

Play in nature, hear our animal yarns and act out your own stories as you meet Aussie animals up close and learn about the world around you.

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

Explore the Sanctuary in small groups, experiencing close up animal encounters and enjoy feature shows and keeper talks. Children will play in nature, learn how to care for the world around them, discover and act out animal stories and learn about Aboriginal culture.

During the day, children will learn about different kinds of animals, their body coverings, features, habitats and life cycles and have the chance to ask questions linked to curriculum priorities.

Children will learn:

  • Animals’ unique characteristics, habitats and life-cycles
  • How they can help save wildlife
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture
  • Sustainability principles
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 F – 2

Science Understanding

Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)

  • Students will encounter Australian animals, learn to recognise their common features and uses of these; identify natural habitats and how changes to these affect an animal’s survival

Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)

  • Students will explore the different characteristics in the life stages of Australian animals, including how they are affected by their environment
Science Inquiry Skills

Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (VCSIS050)

  • Students are encouraged to bring and consider questions about Australian animals, particularly endangered wildlife

Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)

  • Students are encouraged to use their senses to gather first-hand information about the natural Australian environment and the animals that live there
Geographical Knowledge

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Country/Place on which the school is located and why Country/Place is important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the ways in which they maintain special connections to particular Country/Place (VCGGK066)

  • Students learn how the local Wurundjeri people are connected to the land and animals of their Country/Place

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