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A life cycle depicts the changes a living thing goes through during its life. In some cases, this process is slow and gradual but in others the process is quick. Mayflies have the shortest life cycle on Earth. Their life only lasts 24 hours, but some species only last a few hours.


  • Maximum number of students for this program is 50 per day.
  • This program is conducted at Ecolinc and Serendip Sanctuary, Lara. Your bus will need to arrive at Serendip at 9.30am. The bus will need to stay on site during the session. Your bus will then transport students back to Ecolinc, and the program will conclude at 2.30pm from Bacchus Marsh.
  • Students will need to bring appropriate clothing according to the time of year and forecast. This includes solid footwear as well as sunscreen and hat (spring/summer), waterproof coat and hat (autumn & winter).
  • The class/classes will have the opportunity to take a spiny leaf insect and encloser back to school to further study life cycles.

Key Learning Question

How can indigenous knowledge of plants improve our everyday life?

Learning Intentions

In this program students will:

  • Define the term life cycle.
  • Learn the life cycle of a frog, insect, bird, mammal and reptile.
  • Understand how to create an environment around the life cycle of an insect.


At Serendip Sanctuary, students will participate in a tour of the wetland, grassland and grassy woodland. Students will explore the habitats, the animals and discuss their life cycles. At Ecolinc students will undertake 2 x 1 hour workshops, which focus on the life cycle of frogs and spiny leaf insects.

The day is outlined below:

9.30am Arrive at Serendip Sanctuary, Lara
9.40am – 11am Tour of Serendip Sanctuary – wetland, grassland and grassy woodland
11am – 11.20am Snack at Serendip Sanctuary
11.20am – 12.00pm Travel to Ecolinc, Bacchus Marsh
12.00pm – 12.30pm Lunch at Ecolinc
12.30pm – 1.30pm Workshop 1: Frog life cycle
1.30pm – 2.30pm Workshop 2: Spiny leaf insect life cycle

Victorian Curriculum

Science – Biological sciences

  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)
  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)

Learning Continuum

The following Learning Continuum is a guide for teachers to show the links between the programs Ecolinc offers onsite, online and through outreach. The Learning Continuum can be used to access Ecolinc resources to support the development of units of work.

Ecolinc Learn Online is an online learning management system offering interactive online courses for students and teachers. These courses can be undertaken either as a pre-visit, post-visit or stand-alone. Students are encouraged to do the post-learning course after the Outreach program.

Outreach programs are conducted by an Ecolinc education officer at your school. They are available to moderately disadvantaged primary schools in the Geelong, Ballarat and western suburbs areas (or within 100km radius from Bacchus Marsh).



Learn Online Post-program:

Amazing Lifecycles – Kangaroos

Buzz the bee