School programs

A new perspective on learning is coming...

From 2015 we’re enhancing the educational opportunities our zoos provide all Victorian schools, helping students and their teachers explore the zoo like they never have before, getting the chance to develop connections with the world’s wildlife and to feel inspired to care and protect them.

The revitalised journey combines the incredible setting of our zoos with inquiry-based learning elements and access to some of the world’s leading industry experts, giving students across all levels the opportunity to take away strengthened curriculum outcomes for VEYLDF, AusVELS and VCE Study Designs.

The exciting new learning experience will also provide the opportunity to create a zoo-based education community of Victorian schools, students and teachers beginning before students visit our zoos and continuing long after they have left.

Learn more.

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Nature trail

Dynamic ecosystems

Healesville Sanctuary
Zoo educator led
VCE Biology

Ecosystems are vital communities where plants, animals and other organisms are all connected in a delicate balance.

Cheetah closeup

Eat or be eaten

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Zoo educator led
Year 7 – 10

Humans may be the greatest threat to wildlife, but animals must still contend with each other for survival.

Fighting Extinction Challenge

Fighting Extinction Challenge

Healesville Sanctuary
Zoo educator led
Year 5 – Year 10

An innovative, whole-day student directed program

snake

Fur, feathers, scales and skin

Melbourne Zoo
Zoo educator led
Kinder – Year 3

Fuzzy fur, fine feathers, scaly slough and slimy skin...come and investigate what our animals are covered in!

Young Spotted Tree Frog

Global amphibian crisis

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Student Conference
Year 5 – 8

With one third of all amphibian species facing the threat of extinction, World Zoos and Aquaria have declared a Global Amphibian Crisis.

Eastern Barred Bandicoot on grasslands

Grassland ecosystems

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Zoo educator led
Year 7 – Year 10

Grasslands are an amazing resource with a diverse range of species that interact together. 

habitat detective

Habitat detectives

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Zoo educator led
Foundation – Year 2

Magnifiers in hand students transform into Habitat Detectives and their challenge is to find clues for various animals found within Victorian habitats.

Growling Grass Frog

Habitats under threat

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Zoo educator led
Year 3 – 6

Saving our threatened animals begins with taking action to reduce our impact on the habitats where they live. 

Platypus in stream

Healthy habitats (formerly Habitat heroes)

Melbourne Zoo
Zoo educator led
Foundation – Year 2

All animals have basic needs that they find in their habitats, but just what is the recipe to stay happy and healthy?

Lion yawning

Herbivores, carnivores and constrictor jaws

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Zoo educator led
VCE Biology

Animals of the savanna have a range of amazing adaptations that help them to obtain and digest food and avoid being eaten.