Planning an excursion?

Parks and reserves offer ideal spaces to take learning outside the classroom.

Before visiting Parks Victoria with an education group:

  • notify us of your visit to ensure your chosen park has the facilities for your enjoyment and safety, such as:
    • bus parking
    • toilets, and
    • park conditions.
  • undertake a site risk assessment.

Who needs to notify us?

As part of the Department of Education and Training’s School Policy for Excursions and Activities, education groups must notify land managers at least one month before any visit. Complete an Education Group Activity form in our online system, ParkConnect to notify us of your intentions if you are:

  • An early learning teacher facilitating a Bush Kinder
  • A school teacher planning a self-guided excursion
  • A school teacher requesting a ranger-guided activity
  • An LTO bringing a school group to a park
  • A tertiary educator conducting a class outdoors

  • Register with ParkConnect

    Resources to support your excursion

    For excursion ideas, guides and resources, and for more detailed information on planning a field trip, please visit the Parks Victoria Learn page and Learning resources page. For more information about our ranger-guided activities, including fees, activity length, year levels and group sizes, please visit our Educational tours and activities page.

    Minimal impact guidelines

    Minimal impact guidelines have been designed to help schools access the amazing diversity of Victoria’s natural areas while minimising the impacts to the environment and other park users. All schools are required to follow these guidelines at all times while visiting a park:

  • Minimal impact guidelines for education groups
  • Minimal impact guidelines for marine protected areas
  • Permit requirements

    In most circumstances, schools visiting a park for educational purposes do not need a permit. However, data collection for scientific research may require a research permit, particularly if taking or collecting samples in a national or marine park. Please visit the:

  • Research Permits ParkConnect page for more information on how to apply
  • Applications, licences and permits page for more information about other types of permits
  • Volunteering opportunities

    We have many exciting and diverse volunteer activities for you to get involved in. You can look for activity types that interest you or maybe an activity that is in a park close to you. Visit the Volunteer ParkConnect page for more information.