Why does Victoria have protected places?
Parks Victoria invites Year 3-6 students to explore this question through our free education program, Park Explorers.
Park Explorers encourages students to discover and care for their natural spaces through place-based inquiry learning. The program is designed to engage upper primary school students and strongly links with the Year 3-6 Victorian Curriculum areas of Science, Geography, Health and Physical Education, Critical and Creative Thinking and the cross-curriculum priorities of Sustainability and Aboriginal Histories and Culture.
The program and its accompanying resources (below) are based on 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 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
The Teaching and Learning Packs below can be used as full unit of work however teachers are encouraged to adapt and use the activity ideas to suit their students’ needs, inquiries and interests.
Picture Story Books
A list of picture story books that support the themes within the Park Explorers program.
- Parks Victoria Recommended Picture Story Books (PDF)
- Parks Victoria Recommended Picture Story Books (DOC)
Nature's Mascots Literacy Resources
Animal hero literacy resources help emergent and fluent readers to love where they live, develop connections between people and places, and understand how to care for both habitats and species.
A map that highlights the estate Park Victoria manages.
A poster that features Victoria’s nine ecosystems and their importance.
Exploring Victoria’s protected places
Victoria is home to nine unique and wondrous ecosystems. Students can learn about Victoria’s ecosystems through a ranger guided virtual tour. Use the map below to explore our amazing protected places. For the best user experience make sure you turn on the narration and ambient sound via the white cog found in the top right-hand corner of the virtual tour.