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Adaptations for survival

Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels


Plants and animals have adaptations to help them survive in an environment. The Ecolinc stormwater wetland and grassland features an array of native plants and animals that have a range of features and adaptations to survive seasonal changes, human impact and predation.


  • Maximum number of students for this program is 50 per day.
  • This program is conducted at Ecolinc and Serendip Sanctuary, Lara. Your bus will need to arrive at Serendip Sanctuary at 9.30am. Your bus will transport students back to Ecolinc, and the program will conclude at 2.30pm from Bacchus Marsh.
  • Students will need to bring appropriate clothing according to the time of year and forecast. This includes solid footwear as well as sunscreen and hat (spring/summer), waterproof coat and hat (autumn & winter).

Key Learning Question

What adaptations do animals have that help them to survive in their environments?

Learning Intentions

In this program students will:

  • Define the term ecosystem and adaptation.
  • Demonstrate structural and behavioural adaptations of wetland and grassland animals.


At Serendip Sanctuary, students will participate in a tour of the wetland, grassland and grassy woodland. Students will identify the animals and their structural features and adaptations. At Ecolinc students will undertake 2 x 1 hour workshops, which focus on exploring the adaptations of wetland and grassland animals, and designing an animal for a particular environment. The day is outlined below:

9.30am Arrive at Serendip Sanctuary, Lara
9.40am – 11am Tour of Serendip Sanctuary – wetland, grassland and grassy woodland
11am – 11.20am Snack at Serendip Sanctuary
11.20 – 12.00pm Travel to Ecolinc, Bacchus Marsh
12.00pm – 12.30pm Lunch at Ecolinc
12.30pm – 1.50pm Workshop 1 &2: Wetland and grassland animal adaptations
1.50pm – 2.30pm Adaptations for Survival Quiz

Victorian Curriculum

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)

Learning Continuum

The following Learning Continuum is a guide for teachers to show the links between the programs Ecolinc offers onsite, online and through outreach. The Learning Continuum can be used to access Ecolinc resources to support the development of units of work.

Ecolinc Learn Online is an online learning management system offering interactive online courses for students and teachers. These courses can be undertaken either as a pre-visit, post-visit or stand-alone. Students are encouraged to do the pre-learning course before coming to Ecolinc for an onsite program.

Outreach programs are conducted by an Ecolinc education officer at your school. They are available to moderately disadvantaged primary schools in the Geelong, Ballarat and western suburbs areas (or within 100km radius from Bacchus Marsh).

Learn Online Pre-program:

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