Early years

Get up close and personal with the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary’s exciting activities.

We focus on awareness of self and the local world in our range of engaging activities. You’ll also explore interesting questions that can be investigated scientifically. These are expanded to how to undertake investigations in older students.

We have designed these experiences in mind to link with specific learning outcomes within the Australian Curriculum.

Bring your lunch to have in one of our peaceful outdoor spaces.

Suggested experiences

Hands on habitats (grade 3-6)

3 hours (with 10 minute break)

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

Explore and learn about the diverse range of habitats within the Sanctuary. Pull out your binoculars to find native birds foraging or even a kangaroo lounging in the shade of a tree. Discover the variety of natural but also man-made habitats animals use and even have a go at making a nest box yourself.

Distinguishing features (minibeasts wonderland) (foundation- grade 2)

2 hours

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

Go for a forest walk, roll over logs and go dip netting in our wetlands to search for ‘minibeasts’ in their natural environment.

Living landscapes (foundation - grade 4)

2.5 hours

‘Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves’ (VCSSU043)

This experience incorporates outcomes related to plants and their features, while also using the Living Landscapes diorama, an augmented reality station designed by La Trobe students that combines science and technology.

Growing things (Plants alive) (foundation - grade 4)

2 hours

‘Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves’ (VCSSU043)

Explore plants up close. Discover indigenous plants in our Nursery, go for a Wilderness Wonder and create your own micro habitat by trying your hand at propagation.

Understanding actions (previously living water) (foundation - grade 6)

2 hours

‘Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions’ - (VCSSU056)

Walk through the wetlands. Dip your nets into the water to see what you can find.

Design Your Own Experience!

Tailor and design your own Education experience to suit your class and curriculum.

Why not combine excursion and incursion experiences to develop a deeper understanding of your unit or topic? We can even help with the development of classroom units to supplement your experience.


Foundation - grade 2

Grades 3 - 4

Marvelous macro


Nesting box game I




Rock ‘n roll


What’s in the water?


Am I a plant?

Bee game

Plants up close (F-2 and 3-4)

Pull-apart-a-Poa (F-2 and 3-4)

Wilderness wander

Design a plant

Toad-ally healthy (F-2 and 3-4)

Wetlands and woodland walk

Bug bingo


Close encounters


Dip netting


Frog calling


Hide and survive


Hopping mad


Nesting box game II




The Birds!


Travelling trash


Whose habitat is that?

*See FAQ for activity costings