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Monday to Friday (during school term)


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

VCAL students will learn about the sustainability industry by exploring three different workplaces – Melbourne Zoo, their school and another organisation or business of their choice. Using different auditing tools, they will learn about a range of sustainability practices and projects.

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

Students will learn: 

  • To take part in a discussion about sustainability
  • What sustainability looks like in different workplaces and sectors
  • Sustainability as a vocational pathway
  • How to collect and interpret information about sustainability and environmental issues

Program sequence

Before your visit


Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to build students' understanding before their zoo visit.

During your visit

Connect and Understand 

Students will learn about Melbourne Zoo's sustainability projects and how they benefit 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 and explore sustainability in other contexts.


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.

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. See the COVID-Safe information for schools before your visit.

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