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.
- Change in park conditions - any change of conditions will be listed on the individual park's page.
- Code red park closures - information about park closures due to Total Fire Ban.
- Planned Burn Notification System - subscribe to receive notification when a planned burn is close to being ignited.
31 Mar 2015
An exciting discovery in the state’s far north-west Mallee region has been made during a fauna survey conducted in partnership between Parks Victoria and the Fauna Survey Group of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria (FNCV). Four Little Pied Bats were found in the Yarrara Flora and Fauna Reserve, south-west…
1 Apr 2015 - 30 Apr 2015
A wide variety of events are held at Albert Park throughout the year. Events range from fun runs and sporting tournaments to other community events. See the full calendar here.
24 Apr 2015 8:30am - 26 Apr 2015 6:00pm
Come join our Grampians Naturewise holiday experience in Victoria! You will join park rangers to track and protect the elusive Brush-tailed Phascogales. Go behind the scenes and enjoy the breathtaking landscape with local walks while assisting with endangered species monitoring. The Grampians National Park has recently captured footage of a…
25 Apr 2015 8:00am-9:00am
parkrun is free, weekly, 5km timed run that is open to everyone - walkers, runners, families, prams and dogs are all welcome! Westerfolds parkrun occurs every Saturday morning. We're based near the main carpark off the Fitzsimons Lane entrance, and the course is run entirely on sealed paths within the…
27 Apr 2015 8:30am - 28 Apr 2015 6:00pm
This Naturewise trip provides a great opportunity to help contribute to the work critical for the long term recovery and management of the National Park. You will play an important part in the recovery efforts as you work alongside Parks Victoria staff to collect important data relating to the location…