Planning an excursion
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.
07 Nov 2013
Lara Primary School and Serendip Sanctuary have had a very successful year so far, and they’re hoping it’s going to continue. So far this year they have won two NAB Schools First Impact Grants; $30,000 in September and a further $30,000 in the Living Sustainably category. On November 28th they…
15 Nov 2013 7:00pm - 2 Mar 2014 9:00pm
Fun, low key club mountain bike racing held on Friday nights over the Summer
14 Dec 2013 9:00am - 15 Dec 2013 5:00pm
Escape to the mountains for a dose of sub-alpine walking before Christmas!! Help out with some track marking and once you reach the summit, relax and soak up wonderful wilderness views. For those who are happy to camp there will be a base-camp at Native Dog Flat for at least…
15 Dec 2013 2:30pm-4:30pm
The Melbourne Tramways Band will be holding their "Christmas Swingalong" recitial at the open air bandstand in Wattle Park in Burwood (weather permitting). Mel 60 J3. Bring your own rug or chair. If a concert is to be cancelled, we will advise Parks Victoria by midday and you may check…
4 Jan 2014 5:50pm-9:30pm
Register today for The Food for Health Portsea Twilight! Choose from the 3.75km or 7.75km course that takes you along the roads and trails of the Point Nepean National Park. The course takes in undulating short, sharp hills and exquisite natural landscapes. It is a great event for all those…
Parks Victoria’s new crew of seasonal rangers is heading out to parks around the...Parks Victoria’s new crew of seasonal rangers is heading out to parks around the state to help out during its busiest season. The team of 38 rangers includes 11 marine specialists who will be based at various coastal parks and reserves to help with summer visitor programs. Pictured are a group in training at the Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary last week.View post | Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16.57
Escape to the mountains for a dose of sub-alpine walking with the Friends of Cob...Escape to the mountains for a dose of sub-alpine walking with the Friends of Cobberas this weekend 14-15 December. Help out with some track marking and once you reach the summit, relax and soak up wonderful wilderness views. Happy campers can stay at Native Dog Flat base-camp for at least one night. For non-campers, accommodation is available about an hour from the site. Visitors and new members most welcome. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.View post | Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15.52
It’s International Mountain Day today and there’s plenty of mountains, large and...It’s International Mountain Day today and there’s plenty of mountains, large and small, for you to enjoy in Victoria. Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, you’ll feel like you’re scaling to great heights at Cathedral Range State Park. While the park is a mecca for climbers there are tracks that anyone with moderate fitness can have a shot at climbing to the peak and enjoying the spectacular 360 degree views. http://bit.ly/1bun2RCView post | Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09.48
Great Victorian Fish Count at the Barwon Bluff Marine SanctuaryView post | Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14.37
It's a girl! Conservation Volunteers project officer Travis Scicchitano holds th...It's a girl! Conservation Volunteers project officer Travis Scicchitano holds this precious baby, trapped as part of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot revival program at Woodlands Historic Park. This is the first generation of Woodlands bandicoots and comes after three years of hard work preparing and maintaining the back paddock at Woodlands. Well done to the EBB recovery team which includes Conservation Volunteers, Parks Victoria and Zoos Victoria.View post | Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10.55