There’s nothing like studying a species up close to get a grasp of how they’ve adapted to their environment.
Staying Alive gives students the chance to collect data on adaptations, thermoregulation and ecological relationships to take back to the classroom for their practical investigation. Students can check out the Spirits of the Sky show where they can learn about adaptations and biomimicry.
Staying Alive gives VCE students an invaluable real-world experience that will help them understand and complete VCE Biology Unit 1 back at school.
Students will learn:
- How animals have adapted to stay alive in their habitat
- How to collect qualitative and quantitative data on their chosen species to complete their practical investigation back at school
- An understanding of local and global conservation issues
Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark students’ curiosity before their zoo visit .
Connect and Understand
Healesville Sanctuary Teachers will help students practice the skills they need to complete a scientific investigation. Students are then encouraged to conduct independent research at the Sanctuary, collecting first-hand data by observing the species of their choice.
Your zoo visit will include: Introduction, Healesville Sanctuary Teacher workshop, observation and data collection time, Spirits of the Sky presentation and keeper talks. Check out your Teaching Guide for other ideas of what to do at the zoo.
Use activities in the Teaching Guide to deepen students’ learning back at school.
Use the Teaching Guide to enable students to master their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts.
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – Biology
Area of Study 2: How do living systems sustain life?
- Students meet wildlife up close to study adaptations, ecological relationships and human impacts to investigate how living things survive
Area of Study 3: Practical Investigation
- Students collect qualitative and quantitative data on their chosen species to complete their Practical Investigation back at school
Plan your excursion
Staying Alive is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection.
Bring what students need to record their research e.g. notes, drawings, photographs, videos, voice memos, diagrams.
School groups will enter Healesville Sanctuary via the Main Entrance. Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival. More information.
All onsite excursion bookings are subject to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and as such are subject to change in line with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s advice. We will be in contact with all teachers prior to their booked date if we need to clarify any new requirements.