Year levels

Early Childhood


See Plan Your Visit 


Monday to Friday (during school term)


Animal Features, Australian Animals, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Families, Life cycles

Nature’s Calling on all the senses to explore, play and learn about wildlife and the natural environment. What will you discover?

Program description

Being surrounded by nature inspires a sense of wonder, intrigue and curiosity in young children. In this program, your children will use their senses to develop their connection and understanding of nature and animals. While at Werribee Open Range Zoo, they will feel safe, secure and supported to explore and learn in the natural environment of Habitat Haven.

Children will learn:

  • About the basic needs of animals
  • How to appreciate and care for the natural environment
  • How to explore unfamiliar and unique terrain using all of their senses

Program sequence

Before your visit


Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark children's curiosity before their zoo visit.

During your visit

Connect and Understand

With a unique education workshop, exploring the self-guided walking trails, a guided safari bus tour or joining a keeper talk there is plenty to keep your children intrigued. This full-day, play-based experience is a unique and immersive learning experience, drawing on your children’s natural instincts to explore the world around them.

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 children's learning back at your early childhood service.


Use the Teaching Guide to enable children 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 Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF)

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Children are immersed in a habitat where they can explore and play to develop their respect for living and non-living things to develop their understanding of the interdependence between land, plants and animals
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • Children will have the opportunity to explore a new environment participating in physical play and negotiating play spaces to ensure the safety and wellbeing of themselves and others
Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
  • Children are immersed in a carefully planned environment designed as The Third Teacher with provocations to stimulate curiosity, wonder, imagination and questioning and allow for intentional teaching practice
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators
  • A carefully planned natural environment provides children with abundant opportunities for sensory exploration that naturally encourages children to respond verbally and non-verbally to what they see, hear, touch and feel

Plan your excursion 

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

Groups will enter Werribee Open Range Zoo via the Main Entrance. Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival. More information.

Book your education experience

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

Request booking now

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