Year levels

Year 3


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students


Animal Features, Ecosystems / Habitats, Life cycles, STEM, Sustainability

Join us in Melbourne Zoo's Wild Lab and become a Wild scientist for the day exploring the form and function of different animals and how to respect and care for their environment.

Program description

Join us in Melbourne Zoo’s Wild Lab and explore the natural world in our exciting outdoor laboratory. Students will become Wild Scientists and learn about special animal features. Using the power of inquiry, they will investigate and learn about animal life cycles and what they need to survive. They will experiment, observe and test ideas to discover how to create a better world where all living things can thrive.

Students will learn: 

  • How to respect and care for animals
  • The unique features animals
  • How animals grow and change during their life cycle
  • What animals need in their environment to survive

Program sequence

Before your visit


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

During your visit

Connect and Understand  

Students will be encouraged to gather information through investigations and consider questions. Able to engage all their senses, students can dive in to hands-on, minds-on, self-directed exploration. Guided discussion and rich investigations will help students to develop understandings of where animals live, their form and function, what they need to survive and how we can care for them and their habitats.

Your zoo visit will include:  An introduction to the day (for arrivals between 9:40am – 10am), Zoo Teacher Workshop (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. 


Use the Teaching Guide to enable students 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 time/s. Each workshop time has its own map and suggested daily itinerary. Digital maps will be provided to you on the day.

Program resources

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 3


Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)

  • Students will be provided with unique zoo-based resources and be provided with the opportunity to manipulate and group authentic biological artefacts and group them according to observable features 

Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)

  • Students will explore animal lifecycles and what they need to survive through educator-led discussions, an animal encounter and unique zoo-based resources 

With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and predict what might happen based on prior knowledge (VCSIS065)

  • Students have the opportunity to predict, ask questions and conduct scientific investigations

Plan your excursion 

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

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