Maintaining Biodiversity

Year levels



$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students

Develop your skills as a field scientist to assess the biodiversity of an ecosystem and explore human threats, as well as Zoos Victoria’s role in conservation of endangered animals.

Program description

In Maintaining Biodiversity students apply the skills that field scientists use to measure biodiversity within an ecosystem. Students will discuss the human threats impacting a native species and gain insight into the actions Zoos Victoria take in real life conservation scenarios to protect endangered species.

Students will learn:

  • To define the categories of biodiversity
  • The impact of humans on the biodiversity of native species
  • What strategies Zoos Victoria use to manage biodiversity and support the conservation of species
  • How to conduct a practical investigation into the challenges of maintaining biodiversity

Program sequence

Before your visit

Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark students’ curiosity and prepare them for their zoo visit.

During your visit

Explore Werribee Open Range Zoo as students assess the biodiversity of an ecosystem using a quadrat sampling method to collect data. Students fieldwork data will be shared online to build an important picture of the challenges of maintaining biodiversity in a grasslands site. Students are immersed in a real-world learning experience amongst wildlife and habitat in the grasslands of the zoo.

Your zoo visit will include:  Introduction (for arrivals between 9:45am – 10:00am), Zoo Teacher workshop (70 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 and enable them to complete their investigation.

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

VCE teaching guides are password protected. You will receive the password via email six and two weeks before your excursion. You can also request the password upon booking.

Learning outcomes

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – Environmental Science

Unit 3: How can biodiversity and development be sustained?

Area of Study 1: Is maintaining diversity worth a sustained effort?

  • By focussing on a local endangered species, learn about the effort it takes to help a species avoid extinction and why Zoos Victoria believe it’s worth the sustained effort to maintain diversity


Plan your excursion 

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

Bring what students need to record their research e.g. notes, drawings, photographs, videos, voice memos, diagrams. 

School groups will enter Werribee Open Range Zoo via the Main 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.

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