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.

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IGE quadrats

Investigating the grassland ecosystem

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Zoo educator led
VCE Biology

Explore the diversity that exists between animals, plants and other organisms within a grassland ecosystem.

Lion

Keep Active

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Zoo educator led
Foundation – Year 6

How would you like to look after some of the world’s most awesome, and demanding, animals?

Sumatran Orang-utan resting head on arms

Mere monkeys?

Melbourne Zoo
Zoo educator led
VCE

A deeper understanding of the human mind and behaviour can occur through the study of other social primates - but at what cost?

Playing in nature

Nature play the animal way

Healesville Sanctuary
Zoo educator led
Kinder (4 years old)

Come and play in our new nature-based playscape. This outdoor early childhood program is very hands-on allowing kinder students to get up close to nature and some of our gentler animals.

frog fun

Nature's Calling Pre-service educators

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Zoo educator led
Tertiary

Pre-service educators will participate in the tactile and dramatic play program to experience the sounds, smells and touch of our program for 4 years olds.

turtle play

Nature’s calling

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Zoo educator led
4 year old Kinder

Children are encouraged to discover, explore and connect with the amazing animals at Werribee Open Range Zoo through a session of child directed play.

Smart Auslan tour

OpenMi Excursions

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Self-guided
Foundation- Year 12

OpenMi Excursions is a smartphone application that offers interactive and accessible learning through captions and Australian Sign Language.

Children watching meerkats

Our zoo adventure

Melbourne Zoo
Zoo educator led
Kinder – Year 2

Our zoo adventure immerses children in a unique child-centred environment designed to foster early connections to nature and an appreciation for the living world.

Baby Elephants

Reproduction

Melbourne Zoo
Zoo educator led
VCE

Animals use a wide range of different strategies to successfully reproduce – some straightforward, others quite unusual.

Eastern Barred Bandicoots

Reproduction: Feed 'em, Breed 'em and Release 'em

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Zoo educator led
VCE Biology

Breeding endangered animals in captivity is harder than it looks! Investigate the reproductive strategies of these species and how Zoos Victoria is fighting their extinction.