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Kindergarten - Year 3

$13 / student

Learn about what makes an insect. What are its features and living needs? How do they grow? What changes occur?


Get the children involved in a hands-on, outdoor learning experience where students discover the tiny aquatic life, which live in Herdsman’s Lake. We start with a quick lesson on insects, to create a common understanding. Next students are outside using scoop-nets to collect the tiny aquatic animals. They’ll be asked to identify, sort and classify their catches, before we put the critters back in the lake. Then we’re off for a walk to explore and observe the surrounds of the lake, spotting birds, frogs and trees to learn about how an ecosystem operates and especially to learn how the tiny critters they just scooped, are all part of one big food chain. We finish with some hands-on animal time as the students are taught about some of the animals of the lake.


By the end of this learning experience, students will have:

  • Conducted an independent or group investigation of aquatic life at Herdsman Lake

  • Identified some freshwater macro-invertebrates and discussed their lifecycles, their importance in the wetland food web and described the adaptations that help them survive in their habitat

  • Learnt some ecological terms and concepts

  • Used some of their senses to explore and make observations about plants, animals, the land and water


Duration: 2.5 hours (9.30am-12.00pm or 12.30pm-3.00pm)

Cost: $13 per student (inc GST)

Minimum Charge: $325 (equivalent to 25 students).

Maximum Students: 60

Teachers/parents FREE

Groups are welcome to use facilities for self-guided activities up to 30mins before or after scheduled sessions FREE

FREE education resources


Curriculum Links – Science, Cross Curriculum Priority - Sustainability

Found. (K) - ACSSU002, ACSHE013

Year 1 - ACSSU017, ACSSU019, ACSSU2111, ACSHE013

Year 2 - ACSSU030, ACSHE035

Year 3 - ACSSU044, ACSHE051

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your environmental program booking, please provide at least 7 days’ notice so we can offer another group the opportunity to visit. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, if you do not provide 7 days’ notice, the minimum booking fee of $150 per class will apply. Schools that do not provide any notice of cancellation and fail to attend on the day, will be charged the full fee, as reflected by their booking for that day.

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