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Wildlife Habitat & Nest Box Design

About The Program

The EcoCentre provides a wide range of Wildlife habitat and Nest Box Design excursion activities covering wildlife in urban areas, human impacts and solutions, allowing schools to tailor their excursion to match curriculum needs, inquiry topic and student projects.

The activities delivered through our Wildlife habitat and Nest Box Design excursion will provide your students with hands-on experiences where they learn about wildlife in urban areas.

The impacts of humans on wildlife and their habitats can be both positive and negative.
• What impact has human development had on wildlife and their habitats?
• What can we as humans do to help solve the problem that we have created?


Port Phillip EcoCentre, St Kilda Botanical Gardens, 55A Blessington St, St Kilda VIC 3182

Excursion Duration:

4 hours (10am – 2pm). Shorter excursions (60min, 90min or 2 hour) can also be arranged.

Year Level:

Prep to Year 12

Maximum number of classes:

4 (Group max: 25)

Cost per class:

$500 + GST


All terms on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Most suitable in the warmer, drier months of term 1 and 4.

Program Themes:

Sustainability, insects, bees, biodiversity, wildlife, bats, nest boxes, STEAM

• F-2 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)
• 3-4 Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)
• 5-6 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
• 5-6 Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (VCSSU073)
• 7-8 Critique needs or opportunities for designing and investigate, analyse and select from a range of materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to develop design ideas (VCDSCD049)
• 7-8 Effectively and safely use a broad range of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to produce designed solutions (VCDSCD051)
• 9-10 Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (VCSSU121)

There are two options for this excursion. The 3 class excursion includes three 1 hour activities listed below (selected upon booking). The 4 class excursion includes four 45min listed below (selected upon booking). Shorter excursions (60min, 90min or 2 hour) can also be arranged.
1. Wildlife in urban areas
Explore the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, learning about the survival needs of native wildlife and how humans impact upon these animals and their habitat. Focus on solutions like urban corridors, backyard biodiversity, insect hotels and nest boxes. Use our endoscope to see what animals live inside our nest boxes.

2. Gould’s Wattle bat tubes (STEAM)
Learn about our local microbats, how they use bark and hollows. Learn about how a bat nest box or tube is designed. Investigate our 5 bat tubes which all have different design and installation features. Make recommendations for improvements to attract more bats into our garden.

3. Nest box design (STEAM)
Learn about hollows and nest boxes and which species need help. Inspect different next boxes and predict what animals these would suit and what the specific design features are. Sketch a design for a particular animal and note what materials and features would be required, attaching mechanisms and features and explaining their importance.

4. Insect Safari & Insect Hotels
Using magnifying cups and insect collecting sheets, students will learn how to find and collect insects. Are there different insects in different sections of the gardens and what role do they play? Students will learn about our native solitary bees and will design an Insect hotel for them.

5. Activities from Biodiversity and Ecosystem excursion
Activities from our Biodiversity and Ecosystem excursions can also be delivered as part of the Wildlife Habitat and Nest box design excursion.

Restrictions: Our group sizes are capped at 25 students and our maximum is 100 per excursion. More than 4 classes can be accommodated by special request.
We will send you instructions for transport and a day plan after you book.

"A number of the students were very inspired and have decided to build an assortment of boxes made from natural materials alongside planting native trees and plants in their gardens! Thank you again for such a wonderful experience, it was the excursion of the year!"

- Year 3 Teacher

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Please note, outdoor excursions only run on Tues, Wed, Thursdays.

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The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located.

We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.