The best way to learn about nature is by visiting one of Victoria’s amazing parks. Use the following information for planning your next excursion.
Choosing a park
Victoria has an amazing diversity of parks to explore. While each park provides a unique learning experience, some parks are better suited for school groups and to particular activities.
Use the Explore section to find out what facilities, trails and experiences can be found in each park.
As part of the DEECD Safety Guidelines for Education Outdoors all schools must speak to the local park office prior to any visit. The park office will be able to discuss suitable areas in the park for your intended activity as well as provide information about limits on group sizes in the park.
Call 13 1963 for the contact details for park offices.
The larger size of many school groups can have a significant impact on the environment. All schools must follow the Minimal Impact Guidelines for Schools for all park visits. This is a requirement of the DEECD for all Victorian government, Catholic and independent schools planning an outdoor excursion.
In general, a smaller group size has less of an impact on the environment as well as enhancing the experience for your students.
Help keep our wildlife wild by ensuring your students do not feed native animals. Feeding natives human food can cause them harm (as well as being against the law).
Getting the most from your visit
To get the most out of your park visit you should consider drawing on the expertise of the following in delivering education or recreational activities
Parks Victoria’s rangers can share their knowledge, expertise and experience from their daily work in managing and conserving our parks. Talks are dependent on ranger availability and may not be available at all parks or at certain times of the year.
A range of hands-on and engaging activities and teaching ideas are available to help your students connect with and learn about Victoria’s parks.
All outdoor education and tour providers who run activities in Victoria’s parks must be registered with Parks Victoria. To find out more the types of activities Licensed Tour Operators run and the parks where they can run these activities for your school visit the Explore section.
Keep informed about park conditions
As the organiser of a school excursion it is your responsibility to keep up-to-date with the current conditions in the park and be aware of any closures or hazards that may be in the park. Please refer to the following immediately prior to your visit.
17 Jul 2014
Parks Victoria Ranger Shane Reger has been providing hands on working experience for TAFE and University students for nearly twelve years. Over that time he’s shown hundreds of young people how to put into practice what they’re learning in the classroom. This time the lucky group were three students doing…
1 Aug 2014 7:00pm-9:00pm
Low key, fun, club level MTB racing
5 Aug 2014 11:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 5 August 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the first shot fired in the British Empire in World War I. This shot was fired from Coastal Artillery Gun Emplacement 6 at Fort Nepean on 5 August 1914 at 12:45pm, just 3 hours 45 minutes after war was declared…
6 Aug 2014
The Grey-headed Flying-fox is the largest flying-fox (also known as a fruit bat) species in Australia. Each month the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology conduct the monthly bat count at Yarra Bend Park at dusk on the Wednesday evening closest to the risen full moon. This data is critical…
6 Aug 2014 10:00am-11:00am
Enjoy the fresh air of this beautiful park and get an insight into the park’s fascinating history, flora and fauna. This free guided walk run by Friends of Tarra Bulga National Park will lead you across the famous Corrigan Suspension Bridge which stretches through the rainforest canopy, and on either…
Congratulations to everyone at SkyHigh Mount Dandenong. Well deserved recognition!!Congratulations to everyone at SkyHigh Mount Dandenong. Well deserved recognition!!Timeline PhotosWe are very, very proud to announce that SkyHigh Mount Dandenong won the coveted "Consumer Vote Award" at the 2014 Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence.... Well done to all our staff and a big thank you to all our customers that voted for us we really do appreciate it.... We were also a Finalist in "Cafe Restaurant" and "Tourism Restaurant" what a great achievement..View post | Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09.43
Timeline Photos#WorldRangerDay 31st July - show support for global rangers by joining our Thunderclap Join: http://bit.ly/1Aeq4toView post | Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12.39
Timeline PhotosPeople near Hattah in the Mallee may see smoke today as DEPI and @[121390137920954:274:Parks Victoria] undertake planned burning. Where we burn depends on the weather and plans can change at short notice so please stay informed via http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/fire-and-emergencies/planned-burns/planned-burns-now-and-next-10-days or calling the Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.View post | Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08.34
Join Sean Willmore - Park Ranger and Founder of Thin Green Line, Danielle Thomas...Join Sean Willmore - Park Ranger and Founder of Thin Green Line, Danielle Thomas - Park Rangers Coordinator, City of Melbourne, and our own Dr Bill Jackson - Chief Executive Officer, Parks Victoria, at tonight's Melbourne Conversations dedicated to rangers worldwide. Doors open at 5.30pm for a 6pm start at Federation Square, Deakin Edge, Melbourne. Entry is free and Brian Nankervis is MC. World Rangers Day – Celebrating Passion, Courage and Care - City of Melbournewww.thatsmelbourne.com.auMelbourne Conversations celebrates the diverse world of park rangers, at home and across the globe, with Thin Green Line Foundation's Sean Willmore.View post | Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16.35
Rangers spotted this seal during routine patrols just after 9:30am this morning...Rangers spotted this seal during routine patrols just after 9:30am this morning and have been monitoring it since. The Yarra River is tidal and it’s not uncommon to see a dolphin or a seal in both the Yarra or Maribyrnong Rivers. Rangers noticed the seal was fishing for food and seemed quite content and, as of midday, reported that the seal was heading towards the city and is likely to be heading back toward the bay. Now seal here: playful marine mammal journeys 14km from Port Phillip Bay to Yarra Riverwww.theage.com.auA seal has swum all the way along the Yarra River from Port Phillip Bay, playing and catching two big fish before ending up in South Yarra.View post | Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14.49