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Feathers, Fur and Scales

Feathers, Fur and Scales

Our  Feathers, Fur and Scales Program is specifically targeted to Foundation to Grade 2 and caters to the curriculum descriptors shown below.

Victorian Curriculum:  Foundation – 2
Science Biological Science Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)
Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)
Science as a human endeavour People use science in their daily lives (VCSSU041)
Questioning and predicting Respond to and pose questions and make predictions about familiar objects and events (VCSIS050)
Planning and conducting Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the
senses to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)
Cross Curriculum Priorities Learning about sustainability
Learning Capabilities Critical and creative thinking
Ethical

Program

Feathers, Fur and Scales Program
Educator-led Sessions

90 mins total

Feathers and Fur, Carnivore Corner 

Guided walk through the Park to observe and learn about Australian mammals and birds. Observe physical characteristics and predict the function of these features, such as movement, behaviour, and diet. Observe enclosures and use reasoning to predict preferred habitats and the requirements for life. Observe animals to draw patterns between different types and determine categories similar animals may belong to.

Scales and Slithers 

Up-close encounters with several education reptiles

Teacher-led Session

30-45 mins total

Wallaby Walk

Groups will be provided some Roo-food and an identification sheet so that students may observe, identify, interact with and potentially feed our free roaming wallabies and kangaroos.   

2022 PRICES

Cost per student including admission: $17.50

The Feathers, Fur and Scales program includes 90 minutes of educator-led sessions, and 90 minutes of teacher-led activities and access to the Wallaby Walk.

Cost per student to extend educator-led program: $8.30

An additional educator-led session replaces a teacher-led session.

Please contact us for more details about possible options including an encounter with trained show animals or educator-led station activities and a guided tour of the Wallaby Walk.

Extra adults over the below ratios: $18.00 (to a maximum of 1:1)

NOTE: all programs have a minimum charge for 15 students per group – even if fewer attend on the day. 

All prices include GST

ADULT TO STUDENT RATIO

Foundation to Grade 2: 1 adult included free of charge for every 5 students (rounded up to the next 5)

Carers and Aides (for people with physical or learning needs): 1 included per student

Learning aides do not affect ratios

Extra adults over the above ratios: $18.00 (to a maximum of 1:1)

RESOURCES

On the day, a Wallaby Walk info booklet will be provided to leading teachers and other supervising adults to assist them in facilitating this session.

Digital copies of this resource can be found here: Guide to Wallaby Walk and Species Identification

GROUP SIZE, STUDENT NUMBERS AND TIMETABLE

  • Program can be run with 1 to 5 groups
  • Group maximum of 25 students due to classroom size and to provide opportunities for individual experiences.
  • Group minimum of 15 students (invoiced for 15 even if fewer attend)
  • Schools with greater than 125 students can visit over multiple days.

Groups of 1 to 3 classes (approx. 16 to 75 students):

  • 90-minute educator-led program will be divided into 2 x 45-minute sessions + 1 teacher-led session in the Wallaby Walk
  • Educator-led sessions consist of an indoor reptile encounter session and an outdoor Park-based session.

Groups of 4 to 5 classes (approx. 75 to 125 students):

  • 90-minute Educator-led program will be divided into 3 x 30-minute sessions + 1 teacher-led session in the Wallaby Walk
  • Educator-led sessions will consist of an indoor reptile encounter session and two outdoor Park-based sessions in different zones.


An example of a timetable for 4 groups based on a 10am arrival is shown below.

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