Education experiences

COVID-19 Update

As part of the of the University response to COVID-19, the Wildlife Sanctuary will be closed to the public.

We will still be taking education bookings from May onwards (we will notify if these have to be cancelled as the situation develops) and are investigating ways to be able to continue to provide services to our education and retail customers.

We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time and will update you when we know more. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact us via email –

You can read more about the University's response here.

Book in a transformative education experience

The La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary is a natural environment that has evolved over fifty years to become one of Victoria’s most unique educational resources.

Visit us here at the Sanctuary for an exciting and engaging excursion. Or we can come to you. Book in today for an experience not to be missed.


Prep to Grade 6


Years 7 to 10

Senior years (VCE)

VCE students can partake in our Living Systems program, covering AOS 2 and 3.

Curriculum and pedagogy

La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary Educational Framework

Your education experience at the Sanctuary is designed to stimulate the imagination and curiosity of your students. We’ll give them many different ways to safely explore, learn and look after their environment. The education experiences provided by La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary for your schools all have Learning Intentions, Success Criteria and Learning Outcomes. These address the Victorian curriculum standards for the targeted age group. The Learning Outcomes address the three Main Domains of Learning: Cognitive, Affective and Observational Skills.

A New Pedagogy Deep Learning (NPDL)
The LTWS incorporates the work of Michael Fullan and Maria Langworthy into their activities and support resources. Instructional Model incorporates a range of activities designed to develop 21st Century Learning Skills.


Standard School Pricing

Cost per student

Time Frame

Min Charge per Group (max 25 students)


4 activities (2 hours minimum)


+$3 Additional 30 activitiy+$57

Our experience fees contribute to the continued protection and re-introduction of indigenous plants and animals.

How long does an activity run?

Most activities run for around 30 minutes (except where listed.)

There is a minimum 2 hours of contact time required for all education bookings (4 standard activities).

How many groups can you take at the same time?

The majority of our activities will work with a maximum of 4 groups running at the same time. We will advise whether this is possible upon application.

Do you have maximum group sizes?

There is a maximum group size of 25 students per group.

Do you only take bookings from schools?

No! Our educational activities are suitable for playgroups, community events, scout groups and even birthday parties.

Contact for more information.

Can I design my own experience?

Choose from our range of exciting activities  to align with your own curriculum in the booking request form!

Experiences must have a minimum 2 hour contact time (e.g. select 4 of our standard 30 min activities)

Can the students have snack/lunch at the sanctuary?

Yes. Education bookings include complimentary hire of the Yellowbox Hut. Just let us know upon enquiry that you would like to include this in your booking.

Can the kids play/'have a look around' during lunch?

Unfortunately we cannot allow students to have free play or explore the sanctuary without the supervision of our staff.

If you would like your students to have free play during their lunch, we recommend that you take them to Bundoora Park. Bundoora Park is within walking distance and is equipped with multiple playgrounds and shelters.

We are coming quite far and may get stuck in traffic, what if we are late?

In this circumstance we recommend that you plan on having at least a half hour snack break prior to your experience. This will allow for a little wiggle room so that you can still start your activities on time.