Toolangi State Forest

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Toolangi State Forest, just north of Healesville, offers an immersive learning environment in Victoria’s tall forest region. Community toilets provide amenities, before an introduction at the Discovery Tree Room and a visit to Temperate Rainforest, Mountain Ash Forest and a Logging Coupe with the use of your bus.

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Toolangi State Forest Excursions

Toolangi State ForestForest Discovery: Years 3 – 6

Forests are a very important part of our world. Discover the forest environment’s tall trees, soft ferns, mountain creeks, and prickly plants! Use all your senses to find signs of the wildlife that live in the forests. Learn what makes a healthy forest habitat, discover the different ways that people use forests and how we can ensure the sustainability of forests for the future.

Toolangi State ForestFire and the Forest: Years 5 & 6

Fires are a natural part of the forest environment. Investigate how bushfires and fire effect the environment, plants, animals and local communities. Visit a Mountain Ash Forest, logging coupe and a stop off to compare and contrast a Cool Temperate Rainforest.

Toolangi State ForestBush Biodiversity: Years 7 & 8

Our forests are diverse, dynamic environments. Investigate forest ecosystems and the interactions and interrelationships between forest plants and animals.

Toolangi State ForestGoing with the Flow: Years 7 & 8

During this field trip students will explore the importance of water to the environment and people, investigate how forests like Toolangi State Forest contribute to collecting, storing and filtering water, and explore natural and human influences on water quality.

Toolangi State ForestTale of Two Forests: Years 7 & 8

Forests are more than just a bunch of trees! Explore the difference between State Forests and National Parks, the way different user groups view the forest, the similarities and differences the Mountain Ash and Rainforest, the timber harvesting process and other human impacts.

Toolangi State ForestBushfires: Years 7 – 10

Fires are a natural part of the forest environment. Investigate how fires effect the environment, plants, animals and communities with hands-on measurement of fuel hazard levels in a nearby Messmate Forest, a visit to a Mountain Ash Forest and a stop off to compare and contrast a Cool Temperate Rainforest.

Toolangi State ForestBiomes and Food Security: Years 9 & 10

The ecosystems of the Victorian Central Highlands have distinctive characteristics which help to class the region firmly as part of a Temperate Forest Biome. Explore this special region while connecting to the outcomes of the Victorian Geography Curriculum.

Toolangi State ForestOur Forests Our Future: Years 9 & 10

Forests are vital for our future. Explore the many values of our forests, how they are managed to reduce human impacts for future sustainability, and how people can be involved in protecting the environment.

Toolangi State ForestThe Forest Environment (Enviro Science Unit 1): Year 11

Discover the forest environment, it’s structure, functions and natural processes.

Toolangi State ForestThe Forest Experience (O&E Studies Unit 1): Year 11

Explore how people value and experience forests.

Toolangi State ForestHazards and Disasters in the Forest (VCE Geography Unit 1): Year 11

Explore the magnificent forest ecosystems of the Victorian Central Highlands, and investigate the hydro-meteorological hazards and disasters that characterise the region.  Visit sites with contrasting ecological functions and response to bushfire, and that are at varying stages of recovery from such disaster. Discuss human responses to the region’s bushfire hazards and disasters, including prediction of risk and vulnerability, planning protection and mitigation, recovery and reconstruction. Complete fieldwork activities that will collect primary data for the unit’s SAC requirement.

Toolangi State ForestImpacts of Forest Use (O&E Studies Unit 2): Year 11

Discover the characteristics of forest environments and the impacts of human activities in Toolangi State Forest.

Toolangi State ForestWood as a Resource (Design & Tech): Years 11 & 12

State forests are managed for multiple uses, including the provision of timber resources. Explore the use of forests as a source of timber for a range of uses.

Toolangi State ForestLeadbeater’s Possums (Enviro Science Unit 3): Year 12

Toolangi State Forest is a key habitat for the Leadbeater’s Possum within the Central Highlands region. Experience first hand the forest environment that support this species and explore the issues surrounding its future conservation and management.

Toolangi State ForestRelationships with Forests (O&E Studies Unit 3): Year 12

Explore the relationships between humans and forests over time and the contemporary management of forests.

What to expect

Toolangi State Forest, less than 1.5 hours from the centre of Melbourne and just north of Healesville, offers an immersive learning environment in Victoria’s tall forest region. We request that you stop to use community toilets at Castella Central Park and/or CJ Dennis Hall in Toolangi, then meet our educators at our Discovery Tree Room. Your bus is required to accompany the groups for the entire program, as we move from site to site; visiting a Temperate Rainforest, Mountain Ash Forest and Logging Coupe.

Discovery-Tree-RoomForest Excursions enable students to experience the natural environment, explore intricate interrelationships of native plants and animals and appreciate the important role that they have in achieving sustainable living now and in the future. State Forests are managed by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and are not National Parks, though there are some Special Protection Zones. State forests are less developed than National Parks and a broader array of activities can occur within their boundaries, including hunting, fishing and timber harvesting. This makes it an excellent location for teaching students about human impacts on this ecosystem. 

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