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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Wetlands and waterways

Healesville Sanctuary
Zoo educator led
Prep – Year 4

Day-to-day activities in cities and towns can tip the balance in the wetlands our animals call home. In this 'hands on' program, students get mucky while out ponding, investigating the habitat of frogs, turtles, platypus and many other animals.

Students at Elephants

Youth leadership program

Melbourne Zoo
Zoo educator led
Year 9 and Year 10

What makes a great leader? What can we learn about leadership from animals?


Zoo SnooZzz

Melbourne Zoo
Zoo educator led
Grade 3 through to VCE

What happens in an urban Zoo after dark?
Students will be engaged in an overnight “survival camp”, where they will get to know the animals of Melbourne Zoo as they have never known them before.