Fighting Extinction Challenge

Year levels

Year 9 & Year 10


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)


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

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 discover how they can help to save endangered wildlife.

By exploring the sanctuary, experiencing up close encounters, feature shows and keeper talks, students will meet Australian animals and gain an understanding of their delicate ecosystems and food webs. Students will also discover how the choices they make and actions they take can lead to social behavioural change, which affect the environment and survival of animals.

Wurundjeri history and culture and sustainability principles enrich the Fighting Extinction Challenge to provide students with the background they need to fight extinction. Students explore strategies and actions to save Australian endangered species and the ethical considerations involved. 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


The values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research (VCSSU116)

  • Students consider how the choices they make and actions they take can lead to social behavioural change and influence the environment and survival of animals

Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (VCSSU121)

  • Students will meet Australian animals, learn about the biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems and how they change through time
Geographical Knowledge

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ approaches to custodial responsibility and environmental management in different regions of Australia (VCGGK148)

  • Students will explore how the Wurundjeri people were connected to and cared for count

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