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.
12 Mar 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…
15 Mar 2014 9:00am - 16 Mar 2014 5:00pm
The Back to Steiglitz community art group will have an exhibition in St Paul's church, Steiglitz. There will be 4 artists displaying their works in a variety of mediums and styles. Historic buildings will be open to the public. The Back to Steiglitz group will provide food and drinks for…
23 Mar 2014 9:00am-3:00pm
Help create koala habitat and learn about koalas. Enjoy a day helping Koalas in the wild. Search for koalas, monitor their behaviour, remove weeds from their habitat and take records of all other wildlife seen, all in the company of a highly experienced Koala Researcher. Part of the day is…
23 Mar 2014 11:00am-3:30pm
Live.Grow.Explore. Community Day brings community together to explore their broader backyard and to learn more about sustainable lifestyle choices in one of Melbourne's most extensive landcare and reinvigoration corridors. This FREE family event and BBQ lunch showcases many sustainable education stalls. The day includes Vasili Kanidiadis of Vasilis Garden to…
Happy International Women’s Day! Photo: Ranger Deb Cross at the Gil Groggin Fir...Happy International Women’s Day! Photo: Ranger Deb Cross at the Gil Groggin Fire north of Buchan.View post | Sat, 08 Mar 2014 09.42
The Mt Zero area in Grampians National Park has re-opened in time for the long w...The Mt Zero area in Grampians National Park has re-opened in time for the long weekend to provide visitors with a walking experience in the Northern Grampians. Many areas in the park are now open after the fire in January. Full details here http://ow.ly/ukBMTView post | Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17.11
Thanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos...Thanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos this week to help inspire your next park visit. Enjoy your local parks and beyond this long weekend to help celebrate the end of Parks Week.Friends Parks Week photosThanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos this week to help inspire your next park visit. Enjoy your local parks and beyond this long weekend to help celebrate the end of Parks Week.View post | Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13.45
Introducing the newest recruit to join the Werribee Park horticultural team, See...Introducing the newest recruit to join the Werribee Park horticultural team, See Me. He is from the Karen people of Burma and lived for 15 years in a refugee camp before coming to Australia. See Me is being sponsored by Matchworks and will be working with us for the next 11 months while he completes a Certificate Three in Horticulture. We’re celebrating the many park connections with Victoria’s rich multicultural community during Parks Week. http://ow.ly/ui2jQView post | Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16.14
Clean Up Australia Day events at Kalimna Park and Golden Point Reserve last week...Clean Up Australia Day events at Kalimna Park and Golden Point Reserve last weekend resulted in 4 cubic metres of rubbish being removed from the bush in and around Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. We would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers for their efforts on the day. http://ow.ly/uhMnvView post | Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11.43