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|
|Feathers, Fur and Scales Program|
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
30-45 mins total
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.
Timetable and Timing
An example of the timetable based on a 10am arrival for 4 groups is shown below:
Program can be run with 1 to 5 groups.
Schools with greater than 5 groups can visit over multiple days.
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 if fewer attend.
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)
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
ON THE DAY
30 minutes has been allocated for the arrival break. However, in order to start sessions at the scheduled time organising teachers should allow for the following procedures:
- 5 minutes for alighting from buses, entry into the park, seating students and handing out recess.
- 15 minutes for a snack (in which time students should visit bathrooms as necessary).
- 5 minutes for arranging students into their classes/groups. If classes have been split please ensure this is arranged prior to arrival.
- 5 minutes for leading education officers and teachers to discuss the sessions and receive their Teacher Resource Packs.