Year levels

Year 3, Year 4


See Plan Your Visit


Monday to Friday (during school term)


Ecosystems / Habitats

Students will discover animals that are Local Legends and use storytelling to inspire their community to care for wildlife.

Program description

Discover the science of animal features and life cycles, connect with the stories of Aboriginal people and activate your students' own storytelling abilities. In Local Legends, your students will gather information and share ideas, both in the classroom and at the zoo, and learn how to be a custodian for wildlife. 

Students will learn: 

  • Australian animal features and life cycles
  • How storytelling is used by Aboriginal people to communicate custodial responsibility for Country/Place
  • Importance of storytelling for wildlife conservation
  • How to be a custodian for local animals and native wildlife

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 have the opportunity to observe animal features in their habitat, learn about their life cycles and find out what they can do to care for wildlife. In their zoo workshop, they will be encouraged to do their own storytelling and identify how they can work with others to become a hero for local animals. 

Your zoo visit will include: Introduction (for arrivals between 9:40am – 10am), Zoo Teacher workshop (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 time/s. Each workshop time has its own map and suggested daily itinerary. Digital maps will be provided to you on the day.

Program resources

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 3-4


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

  • Understanding the connections between living things and their environment 

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

  • Unique and observable features are highlighted during the workshop sessions to display how these features relate to the survival of the animal and its habitat 

Types of natural vegetation and the significance of vegetation to the environment, the importance of environments to animals and people, and different views on how they can be protected; the use and management of natural resources and waste, and different views on how to do this sustainably (VCGGK082) 

  • Students will have the opportunity to observe Australian species in their habitat and learn what they can do to protect animals, natural vegetation, and wild environments 
Intercultural Capability

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 learn how to be a responsible custodian to Australian animals and their habitats through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tradition of storytelling 

Plan your excursion 

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

School groups will enter Melbourne Zoo via the Rail Gate entrance. Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival. 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

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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