Melbourne Zoo’s pedagogy aligns with best practice priorities and approaches for the Early Years and has a strong focus on imaginative, creative and explorative play. Healthy habitats is a creative play program investigating an animal’s basic needs for survival. In small groups, students will explore the ‘ingredients’ required to create a recipe for a healthy habitat, including the elements of food, water and shelter for a chosen animal.
Students will interact with various animals and build an appreciation that all animals live in special places and have different needs for their survival. Students will discover how they can care for and look after these special places.
The Healthy habitats learning program addresses AusVELS levels F-2 standards. It supports the cross-curriculum priorities of Sustainability and addresses achievements in the domains of Science, Interpersonal Development, Personal Learning, Civics and Citizenship, English, Humanities and Thinking Processes.