Fighting Extinction Challenge

Year levels

Year 5 & Year 6


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)


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

How can you help to save endangered wildlife?

Program Description

Explore Healesville Sanctuary, meeting our unique, endangered wildlife and learn what you can do to help fight extinction. Are you up for the challenge?

In the Fighting Extinction Challenge, students learn how to help save endangered wildlife.

By exploring the sanctuary, attending animal encounters, feature shows and keeper talks, students will learn about the diversity of Australian animals including their adaptations and the environmental conditions they need to survive.

Wurundjeri history and culture and sustainability principles enrich the Fighting Extinction Challenge to provide students with the background they need to fight extinction. By the end of a busy day, students present their action plan to help save endangered wildlife.

Students will learn:

  • How to gather information about real world conservation issues
  • Engage with community conservation projects which can be continued back at school
  • About sustainability and effective ways to care for our environment
  • They have the ability to make a difference in their world

Program resources

Activity Duration
10.30am: Welcome and introduction to your day with Healesville Sanctuary teacher 20 minutes
10.45am – 12pm: Explore the Sanctuary in small groups meeting Sanctuary teachers and attend educational keeper talks 1 hour
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
30 minutes
1.45pm – 2pm: Healesville Sanctuary teacher check-in as you exit 20 minutes

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum F – 10

Science Understanding

Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)

  • Students will encounter Australian animals to discover how particular adaptations aid their survival in Australian environments

The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)

  • Students explore how the survival of Australian animals is linked to the physical conditions of their environment with a particular focus on endangered species
Geographical Knowledge

Influence of people, including the influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (VCGGK094)

  • Students learn about how local environments change over time and how this affects animals; as well as how Aboriginal communities altered the environment through their methods of land and resource management

Plan your excursion 

Fighting Extinction Challenge 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