Small child reaching into a hollow log with a nest. Inside the nest are three small pale eggs and a large green emu egg.

Life Cycles and The Dreamtime

Year levels

Year 3, Year 4


$19 per student


Term 3 2020 Only | Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students


Aboriginal Culture, Animal Features, Australian Animals, Ecosystems / Habitats, Life cycles

Bring animal life cycles to life with the help of Dreamtime stories, the night sky and augmented reality.

Program Description

Life Cycles and The Dreamtime brings the wisdom of the Dreamtime to life, allowing students to explore the life cycles of animals and their connections to the environment, seasons, the night sky and Aboriginal culture. On their journey, students will encounter an animal, act out a Dreamtime story and interact with their physical environment using augmented reality all while having a lot of fun!

Students will learn:

  • The life cycles and unique features of animals
  • Aboriginal connections between the animals, environment, seasons and the night sky
  • The power of augmented reality technology to understand the world around us
Activity Duration

Session with Healesville Sanctuary teacher where students will:

  • Learn about the life cycles and features of animals
  • Explore seasonal changes and the night sky
  • Act out a Dreamtime story
  • Discover augmented reality technology
45 minutes
12pm: Spirits of the Sky show 25 minutes
Outside of your session time: Explore the Sanctuary and attend educational keeper talks Approx. 3 hours

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 3 – 4

Science Understanding

Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)

  • Students will observe and group Australian animals and plants according to their features

Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)

  • Students will learn about the life stages of Australian animals and their connection to the environment

Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day (VCSSU061)

  • Through Augmented Reality, students will observe the night sky and relate this to the seasons
Geographical Knowledge

The many Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia, and the custodial responsibility they have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability (VCGGK080)

  • Students will discover how Wurundjeri ways of living are connected to their environment and its resources

Plan your excursion 

Life Cycles and the Dreamtime is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions.

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