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Minimal impact

Natural environments provide an excellent way for students to learn about themselves, the world they live in, and how humans and nature interact with each other. 


These guidelines are designed to allow schools access to the amazing diversity of Victoria’s natural areas while minimising the impacts to the environment and other park users. 

The larger size of many school groups can have a significant impact on the environment. In general, a smaller group size has less of an impact on the environment as well as enhancing the experience for your students. 

All schools must follow the Minimal Impact Guidelines for Schools for all park visits. This is a requirement of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) for all Victorian Government, Catholic and independent schools planning an outdoor excursion.

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).

Minimal impact guidelines for schools (PDF)

Minimal impact guidelines for marine protected area (PDF)

As part of Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) requirements, all schools are required to follow these guidelines at all times while visiting a park.

For further details visit the DEECD's website.

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