Year levels



$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students


Human Impact, Leadership, Resource Management, Sustainability

SustainABILITY gives students the chance to learn about all the large-scale sustainability measures that Melbourne Zoo is undertaking.

Program description

Students will explore different areas of Melbourne Zoo and look at the range of sustainability practices that have been put into place.  They will learn about Melbourne Zoos water saving, composting and waste management practices as well as what goes into maintaining animal exhibits.     

This program is mapped to the Foundation curriculum, but can be adapted to Intermediate and Senior levels.  

Students will learn: 

  • To take part in a discussion about sustainability 
  • About a select industry in a multidisciplinary workplace 
  • To collect and interpret information about the social and environmental issue of sustainability 
  • About industrial sustainability as a vocational pathway 

Program sequence

Before your visit


Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to inform and prepare students before their zoo visit. 

During your visit

Connect and Understand 

Students will learn about what it takes to be a carbon neutral organisation, the zoos sustainability actions and processes and why this is important for people and wildlife.  

Your zoo visit will include:  Zoo Teacher workshop (40 minutes), explore the zoo and attend 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 

Your booking confirmation email will list your group's education workshop time/s. Digital maps will be provided to you on the day.

Program resources

SustainABILITY Teaching Guide *coming soon*

Learning outcomes

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

Literacy and Numeracy Skills

Foundation Unit 1:

Learning Outcome 2: Oracy for Knowledge 

1.0  Take part in a talk or discussion to provide or elicit information on a familiar topic

  • Students will take part in an informative discussion that will notify them about sustainability at Melbourne Zoo

Work Related Skills

Foundation Unit 1:

Learning Outcome 1.0: Learn about a selected workplace or industry setting

1.1 Explore a selected workplace or industry area using a minimum of three different information sources

1.2 – Identify different employment opportunities available within the selected workplace or industry

  • Students have the opportunity to explore a workplace or industry from an information source and they will be able to describe the employment opportunities the sustainability sector has to offer  

Personal Development Skills

Foundation Unit 2:

Learning Outcome 3.0: Communicate information about a social issue or community activity

3.2 Collect and interpret information about a social issue or community activity

  • Students will have the chance to collect and interpret information about the sustainability measures occurring at Melbourne Zoo
Industry Specific Skills

Provide vocational experiences relevant to student interests and abilities

  • Students will be provided with a vocational experience in regards to industrial scale sustainability 

Plan your excursion 

SustainABILITY 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 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.

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