A delighted female student comes face to face with a Mountain Pygmy Possum. Little possum is sitting in a persons hand.

Fighting Extinction Challenge

Year levels

Year 7, Year 8


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students


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 7 – 8

Science Understanding

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
Geographical Knowledge

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

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