Learn and share
Across Australia, educators and community groups have developed resources and activities for all ages to learn about threatened species and to plan events for schools and groups. For inspiration, have a browse of the following.
1. WilderQuest Learning lesson activities
Stage 1 (Kindergarten–Year 2)
- Take your class on a Playground prowl (Activity Sequence 1) to discover some of the wildlife living near you. Tell others what you think we can do to care for our wildlife. Check out WilderQuest WildThings!
- Check out WilderQuest WildThings and Activity Sequence 12: Improve a playground habitat with your students.
Stage 2 (Years 3–4)
- Challenge your students with a WildTracker experience! Explore the WilderQuest habitats (Activity Sequence 3) and then investigate your Playground habitats (Activity Sequence 4).
- Check out the WildTracker lessons and challenge your class of WilderQuest rangers to find what national park rangers do to track and monitor wildlife (Activity Sequence 9).
Stage 3 (Years 5–6)
- Explore the WilderQuest virtual environments and play the games to investigate Aussie wildlife (Activity Sequence 1). Then do a Local wildlife survey (Activity Sequence 2).
The NSW Department of Education has a portal for Environmental Education. You will find a variety of activities, including many developed by Sustainable Schools at OEH. By understanding biodiversity, students can learn about Australia’s threatened species and the importance of habitat from their own schoolyards to the communities they live in.
3. Environmental Education Centres
The Department also operates 25 Zoo and Environmental Education Centres located around NSW which provide programs and resources for individual schools across the state.
4. The Australian Museum
The Australian Museum has a special video conference for schools on Threatened Species Day. Students will research either the platypus or a frog species to look at issues that impact these animals and will have an opportunity to ask questions related to these issues. This is only one of the many resources available for students and teachers via the Museum’s outreach programs.