Learning in, about and for nature

"In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught."

  Baba Dioum, 1968

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.

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.

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.

Three young children walking on rocks across a river

Early Childhood

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.

Primary School

Place-based and inquiry programs for lower and upper Primary encourage students to build their knowledge and explore and care for their local natural places.

Secondary School

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

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