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Guided Excursion Programs

Guided Programs Secondary

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’s Underwater Zoo education team offer a range of exclusive guided programs

Listed below are the Secondary programs currently offered by SEA LIFE Melbourne.

Guided Secondary Programs

Through their guided full-building tour, 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.

Victorian Curriculum Connections:

• Science Understanding: Biological Sciences

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

Key focuses include:

o Taxonomy of living organisms
o Marine fauna 
o Physical and physiological functional groups
o Introduction to the dichotomous key

A worksheet will be provided the week before your excursion.

Details

Available Terms: 1-4, Monday-Friday

Session times: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm

Cost: $14.50 + GST

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 topics:

  • IUCN Conservation Statuses
  • Marine Sustainability
  • Conservation issues and actions
  • Local, national and international case studies discussed

Details

Available Terms: 1-4, Monday-Friday

Session times: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm

Cost: $14.50 + GST

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

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

Key focuses include:

o Food chains & Food webs
o Adaptations
o Symbiotic relationships
o Trophic levels
o Sustainability/renewable resources

A worksheet will be provided the week before your excursion.

Details

Available Terms: 1-4, Monday-Friday

Session times: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm

Cost: $14.50 + GS

Students will embark on a guided underwater journey throughout all four levels of 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. The tour is made more exciting with a viewing of the Ice-Age 4D cinema, interactive rock pools and an additional animal encounter (subject to availability) included within the two hour tour.

Key focuses include:

o Extra time to explore and ask questions
o Australian and Antarctic aquatic animals
o 4D cinema viewing
o Rock pools
o Additional animal interaction (subject to availability)

Details

Available Terms: 1-4, Monday-Friday

Session times: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm

Cost: $14.50 + GST

Students will embark on a guided tour throughout SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, and learn about the diverse range of career opportunities within our industry, from aquarists and educators, to events, PR and Guest Services. Students will also view a short presentation highlighting the varying pathways into the industry, including tertiary studies, training, and volunteer opportunities. This program also includes a back-of-house tour and additional hands-on activities with students given the opportunity to conduct water testing and enjoy a special animal encounter!

o Study and career options
o Roles and responsibilities of staff at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
o Water testing
o Behind-the-scenes of a working aquarium
o General information about the species on display and how they are cared for

A show bag containing relevant career & volunteer information is provided to each class.

Details

Available Terms: 1-4, Monday-Friday

Session times: 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm

Cost: $14.50 + GST

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