Year levels

Foundation, Year 1, Year 2


$180 per class of 30 students


Online workshop: Monday to Wednesday

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 30 students


Animal Features, Ecosystems / Habitats, Families, Life cycles

Students will become Wild Explorers, learning about what makes animals special and how they can care for animals and their homes.

Program description

Each program includes a 30-minute online workshop with a Zoo Teacher and a teaching guide filled with activities for your scope and sequence. While not a tour of the zoo, you will have direct access to your own expert Zoo Teacher and unique zoo content.

Students will become Wild Explorers and learn how they can respect and care for animals. They will engage their senses and exercise their inquiring minds to learn about what makes animals special.

You have two options for your online workshop focus - Australian Animals or Life Cycles.

By the end of their mission into the wild, students will understand how special our animals are, how to care for them, the environment and how they can contribute to a sustainable future. 

Students will learn:

  • How to identify living and non-living things
  • How living things grow and change
  • The unique features and needs of various animal species
  • How to respect and care for animals

Want to come face-to-face with our incredible wildlife and extend your students' learning in their environment? Book in an excursion to one of our three amazing zoos.

This program is also offered with a African Animals focus

Program sequence

Before your online workshop


Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark students curiosity before their online workshop. 

During your online workshop

Connect and Understand 

Students will have the chance to hear unique insights and discover what makes animals so amazing. With a Zoo Teacher, students have the opportunity to find out about animal features, habitats, survival needs, life cycles through inquiry learning, unique zoo-based resources and guided discussions.

After your online workshop


Use activities in the Teaching Guide to deepen students’ learning. 


Use the Teaching Guide to enable students to master their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts. 

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum F-2


Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)

  • Through Zoo Teacher led discussions, animal observation and play-based learning students are able to explore animal features, habitats and survival needs 

Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)

  • Students will explore animal life cycles and the characteristics of living and non-living things through Zoo Teacher led discussions, animal observations and unique zoo-based resources 

Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051) 

  • Students will be encouraged to engage their senses: listening, observing, smelling and touching in order to explore living and non-living things

Online workshop details

Your online workshop will be hosted on Zoom.   

All you need is a computer or device with internet access.

During the exclusive online workshop for your class, you will be able use the camera and microphone functions.  

Students can also communicate with a Melbourne Zoo Teacher by typing in the Chat  box.  

We will send out a link to join the program to the teacher that booked.

Join us ten minutes before your start time. Arriving early will enable us to check any tech issues and start your session on time.  

Book now

Call 1300 966 784 to book an online workshop.   

Credit card payment at time of booking. Cancellation must be made at least 10 business days prior to your booked workshop. If not, a cancellation fee of $180 will be invoiced.