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


Access the resources

Click the link below to download the free Park Explorers Teaching and Learning Resource Packs. These packs can be used as full unit of work however teachers are encouraged to adapt and use the activity ideas that suit their students’ needs, inquiries and interests. 


The Park Explorers program is funded by the Department of Education and Training through their Strategic Partnerships Program.


Supporting Resources

Picture Story Books

A list of picture story books that support the themes within the Park Explorers program.


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.


Educational Maps

Victoria’s protected places map

A map that highlights the estate Park Victoria manages.

Victoria’s protected places – ecosystem map

A poster that features Victoria’s nine ecosystems and their importance.



The importance of Victoria's protected places is highlighted in our video resources, which can be used to build student understanding in science, geography, inclusion and Aboriginal history and culture.

NAIDOC teaching resources

The NAIDOC teaching ideas developed by the National NAIDOC Committee relate directly to supporting teachers in addressing The Australian Curriculum: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture cross-curriculum priority; with provision of content that can be used across multiple learning areas and stages/grades from Foundational Studies to Year 12.

Virtual tours

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 by selecting the speaker icon in the top left-hand corner of the virtual tour.

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