Our vision is to provide a unique outdoor laboratory for La Trobe University, that provides transformative experiences for its community; including undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff, local schools and our neighbours.


La Trobe University’s Outdoor Laboratory.

What we do

We provide transformative experiences.

We provide a natural bushland environment for conservation, education and research activities that support the learning and teaching objectives of La Trobe University and its surrounding schools.

The Plant Nursery was established by the University to grow and build the seed stocks of indigenous flora for the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary and residents of the region who wish to include indigenous plants in their garden.

We also provide an array of volunteering opportunities for those interested in the conservation of indigenous flora and fauna at the Wildlife Sanctuary.

We aim to:

  • Provide an outdoor laboratory for observing and learning about natural history and the environment
  • Foster research and education in environmental science, management, and restoration of indigenous habitats
  • Provide an example of the areas' original River Red Gum woodlands and wetlands
  • Offer passive, recreational areas for La Trobe University and its communities

The future

The La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary will provide a unique and valuable education facility in Melbourne's north, consisting of:

  • A 30-hectare open range sanctuary for indigenous species of fauna that existed in the area prior to European settlement
  • A transformative education resource and Visitor's Centre comprising of a foyer display, tutorial rooms (including laboratories), environmental displays and library areas

To achieve this goal we have constructed a predator-proof fence to exclude a range of pest species. Now that this  has been completed, we are working towards introducing rare and endangered species into the Sanctuary. Some of these rare and endangered species include the:

  • Long-nosed Potoroo
  • Eastern Barred Bandicoot
  • Eltham Copper Butterfly
  • Black Wallaby
  • Growling Grass Frog
  • Eastern Quoll