Students will learn how to apply a scientific method to real life situations and gain experience understanding the scientific method and its applications.

Our focus is recognising questions that can be investigated scientifically and undertaking investigations. We also use the concept of cause of effect relationships to explore a range of questions and ideas.

Secondary students will focus on how to explain phenomena involving science and its applications. Immerse your students in the wonderful world of science and get hooked on the outdoors.

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

You may also be interested in our Yr9/10 work experience opportunities

What we offer

1 hr

Like the sound of our Living Systems activity but your students aren't in VCE? Then this is the activity for you. Students get out into the wetland to sample macroinvertebrates using genuine sampling equipment used by researchers and ecologists. They will then analyse the data they have collected using a SIGNAL score.


VCSSU091 - Students observe macroinvertebrates caught under microscope and identify them using reference books and dichotamous keys

VCSSU093 - Food Webs within the wetland and how water quality affects this

VCSIS109 - Students shown correct method of collection and why it is used for reliable sampling

VCSIS111 - SIGNAL Score used to evaluate samples

VCSIS112 - Reflect on the method used and how this may affect data. Criticise method to identify improvements


VCSSU121 - Data collected includes information on the wetland as a whole

VCSIS136 - Use of appropriate equipment and methods

VCSIS137 - Use of formulas to calculate a SIGNAL score

VCSIS138 - Analyse the data using a simple SIGNAL score

This activity includes a workbook that students can take back to school

30 min

This mini-tour of the sanctuary is recommended for all visiting groups. The Wilderness Wander allows students to put what they have learned into perspective by seeing the sanctuary as a whole. It will also give students an insight into some of the management objectives and challenges faced in a restoration project on this scale.

Note: we do not allow school groups to enter the sanctuary outside of scheduled education activities.

Get your students involved in real life science as they conduct a bioblitz of the Sanctuary.

If you'd like your students to be guinea pigs for our new activity please get in touch!