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Minibeasts live in the Ecolinc wetland and surrounds grassland. The term ‘minibeasts’ covers a wide range of small animal species including macroinvertebrates found in the Ecolinc wetland, and compost critters found in the Ecolinc compost bin. Sampling and identifying minibeasts provides opportunities for students to observe a range of animal species, features and behaviours.
How do plants grow and survive?

Key Learning Question

What features do minibeasts have that enable them to survive in a variety of habitats?

Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

  • Understand the terms living things, minibeast and habitat
  • Learn that minibeasts live in different habitats and have a variety of external features to survive in these habitats.


Students will:

  • Explore the Ecolinc wetland and grassland trail to find minibeast habitat
  • Identify a range of wetland macroinvertebrates and their features
  • Identify a range of compost bugs and their features
  • Design a bug to suit a particular habitat and discuss the features that enable them to survive.

Victorian Curriculum

  • 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)
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)


Ecolinc offers the following outreach option:

The ‘Minibeasts’ F-2 program is an introduction to minibeasts and the ‘More minibeasts’ 3-4 program builds upon this knowledge. However, both programs can be independently undertaken.