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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.

What we offer

What's in the Water? F-2

30 min

What calls a wetland home? Students cooperate to catch aquatic minibeasts from pre-collected samples held in tubs. They will then work together to identify what they have caught.

VCSSU041 - Why it's important to know what lives in a wetland

VCSSU042 - Identifying minibeasts by their external features

VCSIS050 - Minibeasts spark excitement and fascination among students leading to questions about what they find

VCSIS051 - Experimenting as a team to work out how to catch the speedy aquatic minibeasts

VCSIS055 - Discussing what was found as a class and in small groups.

Traverse a Tussock F-2

30 min

Get hands on with plant reproduction! Your students will learn how some plants reproduce by ripping apart a native grass tussock to create ‘juvenile’ forms of the original plant. Why do this? To check out who lives inside and find out why grasses are important habitat for minibeasts!

VCSSU041 - Humans protecting resources by creating habitat

VCSSU042 - Identifying features of plants in order to successfully propagate an indigenous Poa.

VCSSU043 - How Poa plants reproduce

VCSIS051 - Investigate who calls a native grass home

VCSIS054 - Working in small groups encouraging teamwork and discussion about their minibeast discoveries

Linking Lifecycles F-2

30 min

Who eats who? Your students will work in small groups to discover how all living organisms in a wetland habitat are connected.

VCSSU042 - Purposes of animal body parts.

VCSSU043 - How a minibeasts needs can change as it grows

VCSIS050 - What happens if an animal is lost/added to the food web?

VCSIS051 - Adding and removing animals from the food web to see what happens

VCSIS054 - Predicting what how small changes to the food web can affect it as a whole. Discussing why this is the case.

VCSIS055 - Students share ideas on what how they think a wetland food web is connected and how changes will affect it.

Nesting Box Game F-6

30 min

Why are holes in trees important? Your students will put together and nestbox and use it to discuss how plants and animals interact with one another.

F-2

VCSSU042 - Different living things live in different places

VCSSU043 - Growth and change of Eucalyptus trees to form hollows

VCSIS050 - What happens if there are no old trees? What can we do?

VCSIS051 - Putting together nestboxes in small groups

VCSIS052 - Using informal measurements to compare nestbox sizes and shapes

VCSIS054 - Discussing what might call their nestbox home

3-4

VCSSU056 - The effects of past clearing on the availability of hollows

VCSSU057 - Eucalyptus tress are special in that they form hollows

VCSSU058 - The many roles of eucalyptus in a habitat and the effect of their removal

Bee Game F-2

30 min

Learning through play, students will learn the importance of pollinators and effects of non-native species on the environment.

VCSSU042 - The external features of pollinators

VCSIS051 - Experiencing what it is like to deal with invasive species from a bees perspective

VCSIS052 - Who collected the most nectar

VCSIS054 - Discussing why different amounts of nectar were collected and why that might be

Rock n' Roll F-4

30 min

Your students will develop an appreciation for the diversity of animals that live in a terrestrial ecosystem. Students will roll small logs to capture and identifying a variety of ‘minibeasts’ that live within the sanctuary.

F-2:

VCSSU041 -

VCSSU042 - Identifying minibeasts by their external features

VCSSU043 -

VCSIS050 - Minibeasts spark excitement and fascination among students leading to questions about what they find

VCSIS051 - Do the conditions under the log alter who lives there?

VCSIS055 - Discussing what was found as a class and in small groups.

3-4:

VCSSU056 - Removal of woody debris and its affect on minibeasts

VCSSU057 - Camouflage of terrestrial minibeasts encourages discussion of living vs non-living things.

VCSSU058 - What do the minbeasts eat? Do they always live on the ground?

VCSIS067 - Use of equipment and methods safety to search for and collect minibeasts.

VCSIS070 - Students predict what might live under the logs the compare this to what they find

VCSIS072 - Sharing what they have observed under their log with other groups

Wilderness Wander F-6

30 min

This mini-tour of the sanctuary is reccommended for all visiting groups. The Wilderness Wander allows students to put what they have learned into perspective by seeing the sanctuary as a whole.

F-2:
VCSSU041 - What we do at the sanctuary

VCSSU042 - 3 main habitat types of the sanctuary

VCSSU043 - Observing different life stages in person

VCSIS050 - Students are encouraged to ask questions throughout the Wilderness Wander

VCSIS051 - Students Inverstigate the environment through touch, sound, and smell.

3-4:

VCSSU056 - Projects in the sanctuary

VCSSU057 - Observation and discussion of the sanctuarys inhabitants

VCSSU058 - Interactions between plants and animals within the sanctuary

VCSIS065 - Prompting questions to compare similar landscapes

5-6

VCSSU073 - The sanctuary wetland system and how it helps the wider community

VCSSU074 - Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment

VCSSU075 - Interactions between plants, animals and systems within the sanctuary

VCSIS082 - Open ended questions to encourage critical thinking

VCSIS088 - Asking students to explain any short answers to questions.


**please note that we do not allow school groups to enter the sanctuary outside of scheduled education activities**

Propagation 3-6

Students will learn a variety of methods plants use to reproduce through demonstration and hands on activities.

3-4

VCSSU056 - What methods of propagation work

VCSSU057 - Deciding on a propagation method based on the plants appearance and family

VCSSU058 - Demonstationg of a variety of reproduction methods

VCSIS067 - Students get hands on to propagate plants via division and cuttings using the supplied equipment.

5-6

VCSSU074 - Features of different plants which lead to survival in their habitat

VCSSU075 - How various methods of propagation would occur naturally in the wild

Dip Netting 3-6

30 Min

Using dipnets, your students will work together to collect samples directly from one of our sanctuary wetlands.


3-4

VCSSU056 - Why its important to sample wetlands

VCSSU057 - Distinguishing living from non-living things

VCSSU058 - Why different minibeasts are found in different areas

VCSIS067 - Use of macroinvertebrate sampling equipment and methods

VCSIS072 - Students sort and compare what they collect

5-6

VCSSU074 - Questioning what external features might be for

VCSSU079 - What might affect the variety of invertebrates found

VCSIS082 - Troubleshooting common issues with sampling methods used

VCSIS088 - Comparing what is found to the conditions on the day

Close Encounters 3-6

30 min

In this activity your students will get up close and personal with aquatic minibeasts taking an in depth look at their features and how this affects their relationship with their environment. It is recommended that this activity is booked with Dip Netting so that students can identify samples that they have collected themselves.

3-4:

VCSSU056 - Why its important to know what species

VCSSU057 - Identifying minibeasts by their observable features

VCSIS067 - Use of microscopes and reference materials

VCSIS072 - Sharing what they have observed with their group

5-6:

VCSSU074 - Comparing features of the minibeasts found to the environment they are found in.

VCSSU079 - What would happen the these creatures in the event of a drought?

VCSSU075 - Observing camouflage of minibeasts. Considering what they may eat etc.

VCSSU073 - presence of specific species as an indicator of water quality.

Plants Up Close 3-4

30 min

Students with get up close and personal with a variety of plants to build their understanding of our floras features!

3-4

VCSSU057 - Identifying plant parts using a variety of senses

VCSIS067 - Use of microscopes and reference materials

VCSIS072 - Sharing what they have observed with their group

Who Eats Who 3-6

30 min

How are the animals of the wildlife sanctuary connected.

VCSSU057 - Grouping species based on their features.

VCSIS072 - Sharing what they have observed with their group

VCSSU074 - Comparing features of animals hat help them survive despite predators/catch prey

Wildlife CSI 5-6

3 hrs

Your students will become CSI agents for the day as they discover what has happened at a crime scene within the sanctuary. Use a range of different tools and methods to collect and analyse evidence.

VCSIS086 - formation of hypothesis and collection of data

Suggested Combinations

Grade F-2

HabitatConnectionsMinibeasts
What's in the Water?Linking LifecyclesWhat's in the Water?
Nesting Box GameBee GameLinking Lifecycles
Traverse a TussockNesting Box GameRock n' Roll
Wilderness WanderWilderness WanderWilderness Wander

Grade 3-4

MinibeastsPlantsConnections
Traverse a TussockPlants Up CloseDip Netting
Rock n' RollPropagationClose Encounters
Dip NettingNesting Box GameWho Eats Who
Wilderness WanderWilderness WanderWilderness Wander

Grade 5-6

Human Impacts
Dip Netting
Close Encounters
Nesting Box Game
Wilderness Wander

Minimum experience time is 2hours (4 standard activities). Most activities can be mixed and matched to to suit your class and curriculum. Contact us for more information or to book.

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