Our
location

SEA LIFE Melbourne
King Street
Melbourne VIC
3000

Getting Here
Contact Us

SINK YOUR TEETH

INTO OUR NEWSLETTER

I'd like to receive updates from Melbourne Aquarium and other Merlin attractions.



Enhance Your Excursion

Guided Secondary Excursion Programs

Book an Excursion

We are excited to announce a revised suite of guided programs for 2019! 

Experience a 2 hour fully-guided program with one of our engaging educators.

Aligned with the Victorian Curriculum with a focus on STEM disciplines, our programs bring students face-to-face with amazing animals, inspiring their curiosity about the natural world and how they can help to protect it.

Secondary students are given the opportunity to examine real-life case studies, many based on unique research & animals here in Melbourne. Programs cover topics including reproduction, water chemistry, symbiosis, conservation and classification. Our Marine Careers program also allows for students to discover the range of roles they could find in the industry.

 

ocean teens logo

Program length: 2 hour fully-guided tour with educator

Session Times: 9-11am, 10-12pm, 11-1pm & 12.30-2pm

Maximum number of students: 120 per session

You can download our Schools Excursions & Education Programs in full here.

 

2019 PROGRAM COSTS

$18.70 (Includes GST) per student 

$28.05 (Includes GST) additional adult

1:10 FOC adult to student ratio

OCEAN TEENS TOPICS

Suitable for Yr 7 - 8

This program is supported by a worksheet.

BOOK NOW

Students will learn how and why classification is an important skill set for scientists. Students will consider the physical and behavioural features of animals on display, then draw upon similarities and differences that exist to organize species into taxonomic groups. They will also have an opportunity to practice their classification skills through the use of the dichotomous key.                                                 

KEY FOCUSES INCLUDE:

Taxonomy of living organisms

Marine fauna

Physical and physiological functional groups

Introduction to the dichotomous key

VICTORIAN CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS:

Science Understanding: Biological Sciences

There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (VCSSU091)

Suitable for Yr 7 - 10

This program is supported by a worksheet.

BOOK NOW

Students will learn why and how food chains and food webs function, and the roles & interactions of varying organisms within them. Through real-life case studies, students will observe and discover a range of unique physical and behavioural adaptations & interactions utilised by marine life to find food, and avoid becoming someone else’s! Students will also consider the impact human activity can have on these systems, and consider the concept of sustainability and renewable resources.

KEY FOCUSES INCLUDE:

Food chains & Food webs

Adaptations

Symbiotic relationships

Trophic levels

Sustainability/renewable resources

VICTORIAN CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS:

Science Understanding: Biological Sciences

Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs and can be affected by human activity (VCSSU093)

Science Understanding: Biological Sciences

Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment’ matter and energy flow through these systems (VCSSU121)

Suitable for Yr 7 - 10

This program is supported by a worksheet.

BOOK NOW

Students will explore the range of unique reproductive strategies utilised by our marine life, and the implications of this knowledge for conservation.  This includes the opportunity to examine real-life case studies, based on the unique animals and research within our facility.

KEY FOCUSES INCLUDE:

Biological advantages and disadvantages of sexual and asexual reproduction

Forms of sexual and asexual reproduction

Case studies of SEA LIFE breeding programs

Conservation implications for understanding species reproductive strategies

VICTORIAN CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS:

YEAR 7&8

Science Understanding: Biological Sciences

Multicellular organisms contain systems of organs that carry out specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce (VCSSU094)

YEAR 9&10

Science Understanding: Biological Sciences

The transmission of heritable characteristics from one generation to the next involves DNA and genes (VCSSU119)

The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence (VCSSU120)

VCE BIOLOGY

Asexual reproduction

Sexual reproduction

Suitable for Yr 7 -10

This program is supported by a worksheet.

BOOK NOW

During this program, our Educators will guide and inspire your students to unpack the meaning and purpose of conservation. As they explore a range of conservation issues and marine case studies, students will consider the challenges faced by marine communities due to a range of human impacts, and importantly the actions we can take to better care and conserve our natural environments.      

KEY FOCUSES INCLUDE:

IUCN Conservation Statuses

Marine Sustainability

Conservation issues and actions

Local, national and international case studies discussed

VICTORIAN CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS:

Year 7 & 8

Science Understanding: Biological Sciences

Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs and can be affected by human activity (VCSSU093)

Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (VCSSU100)

Water is an important resource that cycles through the environment (VCSSU101)

Year 9 & 10

Science Understanding: Biological Sciences

The values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research (VCSSU116)

VCE Unit 1: Biological Science

Key knowledge areas

Organising biodiversity

Relationships between organisms within an ecosystem

VCE Unit 3: Environmental Science

Key knowledge areas

Importance of biodiversity

Biodiversity change over time

Measuring changes in biodiversity

Threats to biodiversity

Protection and restoration of biodiversity

Suitable for Yr 7 -10

BOOK NOW

Students will be introduced to the range of career pathways and roles offered by pursuing work within the marine science and ecotourism industries. In addition to a presentation designed to inspire and encourage your students to think about their future career options, this program also includes a guided tour  of the building, highlighting the many layered departments involved in running our world-class facility, from marketing to retail, food and beverage to curatorial.

Suitable for VCE

This program is supported by a worksheet.

BOOK NOW

Throughout their tour, students will learn about the practical applications for water chemistry within SEALIFE Melbourne aquarium. Students will learn how we manage the nitrogen cycle within a closed environment, the role and management of pH on marine and freshwater systems, and the impact of water quality on a range of organisms both at the aquarium and in the wild. Students also have the opportunity to conduct their own ammonia & pH testing on our displays during the session.

KEY FOCUSES INCLUDE:

Taxonomy of living organisms

VICTORIAN CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS:

 Science Understanding: Biological Sciences

Water sample analysis

Analysis for salts in water

Analysis for acids and bases in water

Environmental impacts of pollution on water chemistry

Suitable for VCE

This program is supported by a worksheet.

BOOK NOW

Based on SEALIFE Melbourne’s unique array of animals, students will learn the difference between an environment and an ecosystem, including the role of symbiotic relationships to maintain healthy communities. The use of structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations of a range of marine animals will be discussed and compared. Through case studies & observations, students will also explore factors which impact ecosystem function, including human impacts.

KEY FOCUSES INCLUDE:

Structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations

Keystone species

Symbiotic relationships

Homeostasis

Impact of introduced species on natural food webs

Limiting factors

VICTORIAN CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS:

 Unit 1 Biology

Survival through adaptations and regulation;

The structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations that enhance an organism’s survival and enable life to exist in a wide range of environments

How regulation of factors is needed to maintain a relatively constant internal environment, explained by the stimulus-response model and the use of homeostatic mechanisms including feedback loops

Relationships between organisms within an ecosystem

the beneficial harmful and benign relationships between species including ammensalism, commensalism, mutualism, parasitism and predation

interdependencies between species as represented by food webs, including impact of changes to keystone species

Suitable for Year 7 - Tertiary

BOOK NOW

Students will embark on a guided underwater journey through SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. With a focus on providing more exploration and question time for your students, this program is perfect for groups visiting as part of their camp, City Experience, those studying English or visiting for the experience rather than a key learning focus. This tour also includes a visit to the 4D cinema within the 2 hour timeslot.

KEY FOCUSES INCLUDE:

More time to explore and ask questions

Conservation

General animal ecology

Bubbles
Bubbles