The Sanctuary has breeding groups of endangered animals no longer found on mainland Australia, such as quolls, southern bettongs, and red-bellied pademelons, as well as the Aussie favourites, koalas, kangaroos, and wombats.
We can accommodate groups of up to 80 students at a time, for hourly sessions, half or full day programs.
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Choose from the following programs:
An Introduction to Aussie Animals
An introduction to the many special animals that inhabit our continent. Experience close encounters with mammals, birds and reptiles. Three specific units aimed at addressing AusVELS outcomes:
Needs: Demonstrating the needs of animals in the bushland for food, shelter, and other essentials. The concept of habitats is introduced into Level 1.
Foundation and Level 1
Features: Recognising common features of vertebrate animals such as head, legs and wings. Level 1
Classification: We group different living things according to features. Younger children explore broader features such as feathers, fur and scales,
while older children explore the concept of adaption to the environment. Levels 3 and 5.
Examining invertebrates is an excellent way to learn about the features of different types of animals and to learn about their classification. Levels 1 and 5.
Encounters with young animals helps us learn about life cycles across a variety of animal. Only available in Spring. Level 2.
Rarer and Rarer
What makes an endangered species? Why do animals become endangered? Using the endangered species found at Moonlit Sanctuary we examine how human actions such as altering habitats and introducing feral animals have caused species to become extinct and endangered. Levels 5 and 6.
All sessions run for 90 minutes and fit into the following AusVELS Curriculum:
- Civics and Citizenship - Indigenous Studies
- Civics and Citizenship, Geography and Science as a Human Endeavour - Human Processes
- Biological Science - Interactions and Classification, Adaptations and Functions, Ecosystems and Evolution
- All sessions link with Cross Curriculum Priorities: Sustainability; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
Select from the following 90 minute programs:
Learn about Bush Foods, medicines and culture through the bush food garden (45 minutes), Meet and learn about the conservation of significant animals in aboriginal culture (45 minutes), spend some free time exploring the Wallaby walk and have the opportunity to reflect on the changed landscape while you feed the kangaroos (45 minutes)
Human Processes (Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Science as a Human Endeavour)
Identify local and global issues arising from the interaction of natural processes and human activities through meeting a range of animals in the park. Discuss legislation protecting flora and fauna, and the competing pressure for development, impacting natural systems and the animals within them.
Students are then provided with a follow up project for the classroom, to research policy and form a council meeting role play to debate a development issue that has an impact on the environment. Roles include a property developer, an investor, a green group, a Mayor, a zoologist, a lawyer etc, and come to a democratic decision. (Levels 7 to 10)
Experience close encounters with mammals, birds and reptiles. Three specific units aimed at addressing AusVELS outcomes:
- Interactions and Classification: Demonstrating the differences within and between groups of organisms, and the interactions within and between classifications of organisms (Level 7)
- Adaptations and Functions: Explore the specialised adaptations and functions of different species enabling their survival, and how they have adapted over time and in a changing environment. Learn about their specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce. (Levels 8 & 9)
- Ecosystems and Evolution: Explore the relationship between animals and their biotic and abiotic environment, and their responses to a changing environment. Understand the concept of biosphere and energy flow through natural systems, and diversity both between and within species. Understand the transmission of heritable characteristics (DNA and genetics), and look at how different species have evolved over time. Understand the theory of evolution by natural selection through various scientific factors. (Levels 9 & 10)
Sessions can be adapted to suit the course that the group is undertaking. We also recommend night tours for students to get up close and personal with native and endangered wildlife. Group booking rates are available.