Fighting Extinction Challenge
How can you help to save endangered wildlife?
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
|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
|1.45pm – 2pm: Healesville Sanctuary teacher check-in as you exit||20 minutes|
Victorian Curriculum 7 – 8
Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (VCSSU090)
- Students explore strategies and actions to help save Australian endangered species and the ethical considerations involved
There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (VCSSU091)
- Students meet Australian animals and learn about different ways to classify them according to similarities and differences, such as features or endangered status
Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs and can be affected by human activity (VCSSU093)
- At up close encounters with Australian animals, students will discuss food chains and webs to explore relationships between organisms and human impacts on ecosystems
Spiritual, cultural and aesthetic value of landscapes and landforms for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, that influence the significance of places, and ways of protecting significant landscapes (VCGGK120)
- Students will learn about the significance of country and Coranderrk to the Wurundjeri people and their custodial approach to caring for country
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