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Forest Secrets gallery visit


Years K-VCE
Terms 1-4  Monday–Friday


School programs and resources

Discover Victoria's mountain forests when your students step into a living fern gully complete with waterfall. Follow the pathway to discover how water shapes the landscape and take a close-up view of small fish, frogs and skinks.

Emerge from the rainforest into the eucalypt trees where Forest Secrets is alive with seasonal change and learn about the local Kulin Aboriginal people’s seven seasons. Look up to see the Tawny Frogmouth, while tiny wrens and finches flit across the path. In a clearing at the end, see huge timber poles which represent the impact of fire on the bush.

Primary students can classify insects, frogs and eucalypt leaves, and investigate how their characteristics help them to survive in the forest.

Secondary students consider such questions as: Where do animals live? How do people interact with forest environments? What is the significance of fire for plants and animals?

Curriculum links

Biological Science

Foundation – 2

  • Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves

Level 3 - 4

  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things
  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive

Level 5 - 6

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment
  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment

Level 7 - 8

  • There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity
  • Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs and can be affected by human activity

Level 9 - 10 

  • Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems