Year levels

Year 5, Year 6


$19 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

Students will learn what makes our Local Legends unique and why they need us to be their heroes. 

By gathering information and sharing ideas, students will learn how to be a responsible custodian to Australian animals and their habitats through the tradition of storytelling. 

Students will learn: 

  • To understand the value and importance of story-telling for conservation in the past and present 
  • About the unique features of Australian animals, take part in interactive experiences in the workshop, attend keeper talks, observe animals interacting with their habitats, and explore the zoo 
  • How to use story-telling to empower people to take care of the fragile connections between animals and their homes 
  • Ways to take greater responsibility in saving our native species 

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

Local Legends Teaching Guide *coming soon*

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 5-6


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

  • Through telling the story of the pressures placed on animals and their environment students will gain an understanding of the dangers of human impact on wildlife and wild places 

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

  • Understanding human impact can be both positive and negative, and encourage students to research the changes made by people to the natural environment 
Ethical Capabilities

Discuss how ethical principles can be used as the basis for action, considering the influence of cultural norms, religion, world views and philosophical thought on these principles (VCECU010) 

  • Investigating ways that students can promote behaviour change through culture, religion, world view in the context 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 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

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