What do living things need?

This hands-on education program demonstrates how animals have basic survival needs with the presence of live animals in their environments.

Recommended for early primary school years, this hands-on education program aims to link the understanding that animals have basic survival needs with real live animals and their environments. Students will learn how we care for the animals and plants on the farm to ensure that their basic needs are met and that the animals enjoy a good quality of life.


  • Farm classroom – interactive discussion on the needs of animals and a craft activity using real sheep’s wool
  • Guided farm tour
  • Hands-on garden learning, including composting, worm farms and planting
  • A ride through the wildlife reserve to learn about emus and kangaroos

Links to the Victorian Curriculum

Design & Technologies

  • Use materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to produce designed solutions safely (VCDSCD020).


  • Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042).
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043).
  • Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (VCSSU047).
  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051).

Program cost

$18 per child (prices current from 1 July 2024).


Bookings are essential and should be made well in advance to secure your desired dates. For bookings or further information please contact our Education Team Leader.

Phone: 03 8470 8164
Email: BundooraPark.EducationTeamLeader@darebin.vic.gov.au