Authentic place-based learning extends and connects concepts learnt within the classroom, helping students to explore and understand the world around them, solve problems, and develop strong environmental values. Immersing students in nature-based education programs builds environmental literacy and inspires inquisitive life-long learners and informed citizens.

Curriculum-aligned programs

Parks Victoria has a range of curriculum-aligned programs that support Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary teachers to embed environmental education into classroom learning. The resources can be used for pre and post park visit learning, or they can be used as a unit of work to build connection between students, their local landscapes and protected places across Victoria. 

Use the links below to explore education programs for your year level.

Three young children walking on rocks across a river

Bush Kinder (Early learning)

Spending regular time in nature through a Bush Kinder program helps children to fall in love with, care for and create life-long connections with their local landscapes.
A weedy seadragon swims along near the sea bed.

Nature's Mascots (A-D curriculum & Kinder - Year 2)

The Nature’s Mascots program is a place based, inquiry program which connects A-D learners and Kinder to Year 2 students with their local green spaces through one of ten Nature’s Mascots that represents their local ecosystem.
A ranger leads a group of junior rangers along a nature trail in Ocean Grove

Park Explorers (Years 3 - 6)

Park Explorers encourages Years 3 - 6 students to discover and care for their natural spaces through place based inquiry learning.
Two teenage children studying plants and making notes

Secondary School Resources (Y7 - VCE)

Authentic Parks Victoria case studies highlighting land management and conservation strategies to develop Secondary students’ understanding of the real-life applications of school subjects.

Supporting resources

We take a holistic approach to our resource design; our Connect, Learn, Protect framework ensures that students can connect with Victoria's protected places, explore these places to better understand their significance, and are empowered to better protect and care for them. 

Our resources can be used to connect students with their local landscapes and protected places across Victoria. Picture books, information posters and videos build on students' environmental literacy and aim to inspire inquisitive life-long learners and informed citizens. 

An Emu Wren commonly found in Victoria's Mallee region.

Conservation Storytelling

Stories inform and inspire people to connect with and act for nature. By practicing your storytelling and sharing with your friends and family, you can give a voice to the environment and contribute to a resilient, knowledgeable, and empathetic future.
A platypus swims along the surface.

Information Posters

These illustrated posters support emergent and fluent readers to further develop their literacy skills, understand concepts in the Victorian science curriculum and learn how special their local ecosystems are.
Two flying foxes hang from a tree in Yarra Bend.

Youtube Playlist

Video resources can be used pre or post park visit to build connection between students, their local landscapes and protected places across Victoria.
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