Two kinder students play binoculars and skulls at Healesville Sanctuary. Girl is holding red binoculars and boy is looking down through a green magnifying glass.

Aussie Animal Adventurers

Year levels

Early Childhood

Cost

$19 per student

Availability

Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Themes

Aboriginal Culture, Adaptations, Australian Animals, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species

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 Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF)

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

  • Students have the opportunity to connect with animals, nature and Aboriginal culture to learn ways to care for the world around them and contribute to a sustainable future

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

  • Students will engage in nature play and practice their social skills as they explore a unique bushland setting

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

  • Students will use their senses and imagination as they enjoy up close animal encounters, nature play and dress up as future vets

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