Australian Culture and Wildlife

Year levels

Year 3, Year 4


$20 per student


Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 5 students (recommended)


Aboriginal Culture, Adaptations, Classification, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Human Impact

Explore Aboriginal culture and discover the diverse adaptations that help our Australian wildlife to survive.

Program description

Immersed in the Australian grassland habitat, learn about Aboriginal culture and stories around the land on which we meet. Through stories, discover the Aboriginal peoples’ connection to the land and wildlife and how these beliefs and values helped keep the Australian landscape sustainable.  

Engage in hands-on activities and explore the unique adaptations and life cycles that allow our Australian wildlife to survive in diverse habitats. 

Students will learn: 

  • Aboriginal culture, stories and their connection to the land and wildlife 
  • How to identify the observable features Australian animals have developed to survive 
  • How Australian animals depend on each other and the environment 
  • The impact of humans on places, habitats and wildlife 
  • How Zoos Victoria is helping to Fight Extinction 

Program sequence

Before your visit


Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark students’ curiosity before their zoo visit.

During your visit

Connect and Understand 

Students will learn valuable observation and classification skills to organise animals into groups based on their life cycles and adaptations at Werribee Open range Zoo. By understanding what animals need to survive, students will investigate the challenges our local species face in the wild and learn about how they can help fight wildlife extinction. 

Your zoo visit will include:  Introduction (for arrivals between 9:45am – 10:00am), Zoo Teacher workshop (30 minutes), Safari Bus Tour (40 minutes) and keeper talks. Check out your Teaching Guide for other ideas of what to do at the zoo. 

After your visit


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


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

Program maps and itineraries

Your booking confirmation email will list your group's education workshop/s and safari bus tour time. Each workshop time has its own map and daily itinerary. Paper maps will be provided to you on the day.

Program resources

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 3-4


The many Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia, and the custodial responsibility they have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability (VCGGK080)

  • Students will discover Aboriginal culture and how their way of living influenced the wildlife and land around them


Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)

  • Students will discover Australian animals and learn to identify the variations in their features and group them accordingly

Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)

  • Students will learn about the life cycles of different Australian animals and how they depend on the environment to survive

Plan your excursion 

Australian Culture and Wildlife is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection.  

The organising teacher should make themselves known to Admission Staff prior to entering the Zoo so that payment can be made. More information. 

 All onsite excursion bookings are subject to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and as such are subject to change in line with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s advice. We will be in contact with all teachers prior to their booked date if we need to clarify any new requirements. See the COVID-Safe information for schools before your visit.

Book your education experience

Fill out an online form to request a booking for your zoo education experience

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You will need to know the following to book your zoo excursion or online workshop:

  • Education program of your choice (if applicable)
  • Preferred date
  • School name and address
  • Contact details of organising teacher
  • Number of students/classes and their year level