Invertebrates: Adapt and Survive

Invertebrates: Adapt and Survive


Student examining insect

Invertebrates: Adapt and Survive is a day long program that transports students into the amazing world of invertebrates. Students will venture into Toohey Forest to locate and collect invertebrates using a variety of entomological equipment such as insect jars, sweep nets and beating trays. Whilst in the forest students will find a multitude of invertebrates that may include moths, butterflies, ants, spiders, termites, stick insects, centipedes, millipedes, bugs and beetles.

Students will examine in depth the structural features and adaptations that assist these creatures to grow and survive with the centre’s video microscope and HD television. Lifecycles will also be examined with the invertebrates collected often in a mix of egg, larva, nymph and adult stages.

Students will work in groups to complete an activity entitled ‘Creature Feature’ where they design an insect with adaptations that are suitable for survival in a prescribed environment. Students will continue to work in groups to complete a 3D jigsaw of different insects.

The program concludes with a live animal presentation where students get up close and personal with some of the forest inhabitants including stick insects, lizards and snakes. Invertebrates: Adapt and Survive has been assessed as medium risk. A Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment is available on request. A student field booklet will be provided upon confirmation of your booking.

Curriculum Intent


  • Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072)
  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
  • Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)


  • Organisms, including humans are connected through ecosystems on which they depend for their wellbeing and survival (OI.2)
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