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Aussie Animal Adventurers

Aussie Animal Adventurers

Year level 
Foundation – Year 2
$19 per student
Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Are you ready to join us for an Aussie adventure?

Learning Outcomes

Victorian Curriculum F – 10

Science Understanding

  • Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)
    Students will encounter Australian animals, learn to recognise their common features and uses of these; identify natural habitats and how changes to these affect an animal’s survival
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)
    Students will explore the different characteristics in the life stages of Australian animals, including how they are affected by their environment

Science Inquiry Skills

  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events (VCSIS050)
    Students are encouraged to bring and consider questions about Australian animals, particularly endangered wildlife
  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)
    Students are encouraged to use their senses to gather first-hand information about the natural Australian environment and the animals that live there

Geographical Knowledge

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Country/Place on which the school is located and why Country/Place is important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the ways in which they maintain special connections to particular Country/Place (VCGGK066)
    Students learn how the local Wurundjeri people are connected to the land and animals of their Country/Place

Program Description

Meet our Aussie animals up close and learn about the features, life-cycles and habitats of these unique icons.

Aussie Animal Adventurers gives students the chance to learn about the animals who make this land unique and discover how to become a hero to help save wildlife.

Explore the Sanctuary in small groups, experiencing close up animal encounters and enjoying feature shows and keeper talks. Learn about Wurundjeri connections to wildlife and how to care for animals and the world around us.

During the day, students will learn about different kinds of animals, their body coverings, features, habitats and life-cycles. Students are encouraged to bring and consider questions about Australian animals, particularly endangered wildlife.

Children will learn:

  • Animals’ unique characteristics, habitats and life-cycles
  • How they can help save wildlife
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture
  • Sustainability principles

What to bring

Aussie Animal Adventurers 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.

Student ratio

1 adult for every 5 children are admitted for free with this program. Additional adults are welcome to join for a reduced rate.

Plan your visit

The organising teacher should make themselves known to Admission Staff via the Members Express Lane to arrange payment. More information

The day's activities

10.30am: Welcome and introduction to your day with Healesville Sanctuary teacher
10 minutes
10.45am – 12pm: Explore the Sanctuary in small groups meeting Sanctuary teachers and attend educational keeper talks
75 minutes
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
45 minutes
1.45pm – 2pm: Healesville Sanctuary teacher check-in as you exit
15 minutes
Aboriginal Culture
Animal Features
Australian Animals
Endangered Species
Food Chains / Webs
Life Cycles

To book, simply call (03) 9340 2788 between 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week.

We’ll email to confirm your booking.