Year levels

Year 5, Year 6


2021: $19 per student | 2022: $20 per student


Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students


Aboriginal Culture, Adaptations, Australian Animals, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Life cycles, Sustainability

Students will discover animals that are Local Legends and learn how they can become a hero in the lives of these unique creatures.

Program description

In Local Legends, Year 5-6 students will discover the science of animal adaptations and survival, connect with the stories of Aboriginal people and activate their storytelling abilities. 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: 

  • About the adaptations of Australian animals that help them to survive
  • 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 and care for 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 Australian species in their habitat, learn what features they have to help them to survive and what they can do to protect animals, native vegetation and wild environments. 

By reflecting on what they have learnt, students will be encouraged to do their own story-telling, sharing what makes theirLocal Legendunique and how they can change their behaviour and influence others to become a hero for their own Local Legend. 

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 5-6


Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074) 

  • Students will learn about structural and behavioural adaptations and how they help animals to survive in their environment 

The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075) 

  • Students will learn about the fragile nature of ecosystems, what animals need to thrive in their environment

Describe and explain interconnections within places and between places, and the effects of these interconnections (VCGGC087) 

  • Students will discover the positive and negative changes made by people to the natural environment 

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 entranceOrganising 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. 

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