Creating a wildlife habitat: design
Category: Biodiversity
Climate Region: Arid | Temperate | Tropical
State or Territory: ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA
Age Range: 7-13


From the smallest of insects and spiders, to birds, reptiles, mammals and frogs, each class was given the responsibility to learn as much as they could about a native animal. They had to focus on the type of habitat their chosen animals needed to survive. With the changes in their local area from a rural to an urban environment, they wanted to understand how they could help the animals by creating native habitats to help with their survival.

Suyin could see how her friends were starting to understand that they are surrounded by wildlife, not only at school, but in all areas around them, both urban and rural. It was so wonderful to see everyone get excited to help, particularly her friends that live across the valley. They couldn’t wait to start work on creating habitats to encourage more wildlife to move in and call their area home.


Creating a wildlife habitat can provide a home for a variety of local wildlife from the smallest insects and spiders to birds, reptiles, mammals and frogs. These habitats can provide a sanctuary for species that have been displaced through urbanisation, as built structures replace natural areas.

The Vision activity determined the needs of your local species to survive. This information will be used to design the perfect habitat to support these species in your local area.

This learning activity is the third part of a sequence of 5 individual learning activities focused on creating a wildlife habitat. The order of these learning activities are: research, vision, design, planting and monitoring and care.


For children to:

  • design a wildlife habitat for local species
  • understand the relationships between urban, rural and natural habitats
  • aim to create wildlife corridors to enable animals to move between habitats
  • enjoy being active and productive outdoors and build their social and teamwork skills
  • understand the steps involved in creating wildlife habitats.

This activity can be undertaken any time of the year.

Did you know?

Many ecosystems have been disturbed by urbanization reducing species habitat; most urban environments contain residential, industrial, schools, transport routes and parklands.

Did you know?

A wildlife corridor links areas of habitat together to help maintain the movement of animals from one area to another.

Did you know?

Planting times can vary within climatic zones and are affected by specific local conditions.

Did you know?

Planting times can vary within climatic zones and are affected by specific local conditions.

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