Year levels



$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students

Get a first-hand insight into how Zoos Victoria assesses and mitigates tourism’s impact with an opportunity to collect and analyse on-site data.

Program description

What are the environmental, economic and cultural impacts of tourism and can we harness tourism to deliver positive environmental outcomes? Through Tourism's Impact, VCE Geography students gain a first-hand insight into the impact and opportunities of tourism on the environment using Zoos Victoria as a case study. 

Tourism’s Impact offers students a behind-the-scenes insight into the operation of the zoo and investigates how organisations can effect change to minimise tourism’s impact. Using the zoo as a case study, students observe how a large organisation gathers, collects and implements data to inform decision-making about the relationships between tourism and conservation. 

Students will learn: 

  • To collect, sort, process and represent primary source data and other information
  • To identify tourism’s impact at different locations and scales
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of management strategies in relation to environmental sustainability, economic viability and socio-cultural value of tourism
  • To conduct and complete fieldwork requirement by gathering real data on-site

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 

Start your excursion day with a workshop conducted by a Zoo Teacher exploring the big question, “How effective are organisations in having a positive impact on tourism?“ A second workshop introduces students to a zoo-led conservation campaign in preparation for on-site fieldwork. 

In the field, students will prepare a visitor heat-map or undertake visitor interaction to obtain primary source data for the unit. Students will also have access to zoo data for further, in-depth analysis. 

Your zoo visit will include:  Zoo Teacher workshop (85 minutes), fieldwork and observation opportunities 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 resources

Tourism Impact Teaching Guide *coming soon*

Learning outcomes

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – Geography

Unit 2: Tourism

Area of study 2: Impact of Tourism

  • The students are required to collect observational data while at Melbourne Zoo. At school using primary and secondary data to complete a fieldwork report, answering the effectiveness of these strategies
  • The students are required to not only identify the impacts of tourism but suggest possible solutions and justify their responses
  • The students look into the impact of tourism at local, national and international and study the complexity of how the value of tourism is measured
  • An important part of the excursion is the fieldwork report. To complete this fieldwork report the students will collect, analysis and suggest possible solutions based on the data that they have collected
  • Focusing on the positive and negative aspects of tourism and judging the impact at local, national and international levels

Plan your excursion 

Tourism’s Impact 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. 

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