Where families of any size and shape enjoy, discover, learn about and look after nature together.

Explore our range of resources created especially for families with children aged up to 12 years old.

Discovering together

  • Unearth great places to visit, learn about the family lives of our native wildlife, find ways to look after our magical web of life through our activity sheets, colouring-ins, quizzes and drawings.
  • Check out our family friendly event calendar.

Why Wild Families?

  • Stronger relationships built on positive experiences.
  • First-hand learning about nature and the great outdoors.
  • Better physical and mental health through exercise.
  • Opportunities to get messy and have fun!

Wild Families: Glorious Grasslands

Explore native grasslands with your family.

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Wild Families: Superb Sea Slugs

Explore the salty world of sea slugs.

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Wild Families: Tree hollows

Burrow into a bunch of tree hollow facts and learn how to go on a tree hollow hunting adventure.

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Wild Families: Fungus Finders

Dive into the fascinating world of fungi and learn how to search for them in the forest.

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Wild Families Activity Sheet - Make a Rubbish Fish

Make an awesome fish with your family using rubbish!

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Wild Families: Lovely Leaves

Have some fun being botanists together! Activities including drawing, closely observing the colours and shapes and looking for teeny, tiny living things on your leaves.

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Wild Families: Scavenger Hunt for little discoverers (younger kids)

Have fun finding things in nature such as 'a leaf that is not green' or 'something smaller than your little toe'. See how quickly or how slowly you can find them all!

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Wild Families: Scavenger Hunt for budding explorers (older kids)

Have fun finding things in nature such as 'something something that gets its energy from eating dead things' or 'Something older than the oldest person in your family'. See how quickly or how slowly you can find them all!

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Wild Families: Nature at home activities

Activities for connecting with nature at home (inside and out in the yard).

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Wild Families: Rockpool rambling fun

Rockpool rambling is a wonderful way to discover amazing marine creatures including seastars, crabs and anemones. Get some great tips on rockpool rambling and play rockpool rambling spotto on your next beach adventure with this Wild Families activity sheet.

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Wild Families: What's under the sea?

There are many amazing places for your family to snorkel and experience marine life in Victoria. Port Phillip Bay is one extraordinary spot to visit, and you can use our map to find out about the fascinating creatures you can experience there.

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Wild Families: wild waterway discovery

Rivers, creeks and wetlands are an important part of our landscape. We can all get involved in keeping our waterways healthy. We share some great ways to enjoy nature along Dandenong Creek.

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Wild Families: wacky wild flowers

Spring is a lovely time to explore and discover the wacky, wild nature of Victoria’s wildflowers, and you don’t need to be an expert to discover and learn about them.

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Wild Families: bird detectives

Being a bird detective with the family is easy. Just step outside and look for birds! It’s also a great family opportunity to discover and learn together – birds have so much to teach us! Children of all ages can enjoy discovering the habits of birds.

We also explore Jawbone Marine Sanctuary at Williamstown, try our hand at sketching birds and take a look at what it's like to be part of a pelican family.

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Wild Families: alphabet walk

Discover the letters of the alphabet while you walk (letters of the alphabet could be changed to shapes for younger children). This activity is a great way to encourage close observation, exploration, creativity and literacy. If nature is unfamiliar, this is a fun way to find familiarity in new surrounds.

For our 'wild spot' we investigate the Madecon Ranges, sugar gliders are our 'wild creature' feature and we have a great colouring-in and storytelling activity.

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Wild Families: family bushwalking

Bushwalking can be a wonderful family adventure with new discoveries, challenges, exercises and an opportunity to achieve together. We asked the experts - families who enjoy bushwalking – to share their tips on getting the most out of their walks.

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Wild Families: living on logs

Dandenong Ranges National Park is a great place to enjoy family-based nature activities. It has a number of family walks, picnic grounds, waterfalls, ferny gullies, the tallest flowering plants in the world (mountain ash) and spectacular forests to experience. For those who live in Melbourne, this national park is right on your doorstep.

Take your family on a 'fallen log' discovery tour, try our crossword and learn all about the superb lyrebird.

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Caitlin Griffith, Community Learning and Engagement Manager

Getting out into nature with families is a real passion of mine. Families are such a strong place for values development, which makes intergenerational experiences of nature really important.

I particularly love watching kids take the lead while parents follow. It also gives me a buzz to see the pride a family has when they do something practical to care for nature together.