Park Explorers teaching and learning packs

Victoria Nature Festival

A digital resource that supports Y3-6 teachers to embed nature-based learning in the classroom by using the inquiry question “Why does Victoria have protected places?”

A ranger and two children with hats on crouched by a rockpool holding seaweed. The ocean is in the background
Two students looking at a coastal plant and taking notes on a clipboard. There is a peninsular and ocean in the background.
Park Explorers encourages upper primary students to discover and care for their natural spaces through place-based inquiry learning. The program resources strongly link with the Year 3-6 Victorian curriculum.

Areas of the curriculum are: 

  • Science
  • Geography
  • Health
  • Physical Education
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Cross-curriculum priorities of Sustainability and Aboriginal histories and culture.

The Park Explorers teaching and learning packs can be used as a full unit of work or the activity ideas can be adapted to suit students’ needs, inquiries and interests. Park Explorers has been developed using Parks Victoria’s learning for nature education philosophy; Connect, Explore, Protect.

This structure is designed to:

  • develop positive connections between students and nature and strengthen their sense of belonging to a place
  • deepen students’ knowledge of their unique local environment through inquiry learning and nature-based exploration
  • empower students to care for nature and help safeguard Victoria’s protected places.
Download free teaching and learning resources