Two primary students being shown some long grass that a person is holding.

Australian Culture and Wildlife

Year levels

Year 3, Year 4

Cost

$19 per student

Availability

Monday to Friday (during the school term) | Available from February 2020

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students

Themes

Aboriginal Culture, Adaptations, Classification, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Human Impact

Explore Aboriginal culture and discover the diverse adaptations that help our Australian wildlife to survive.

Program Description

Immersed in the Australian grassland habitat, learn about Aboriginal culture and stories around the land on which we meet. Through stories, discover the Aboriginal peoples’ connection to the land and wildlife and how these beliefs and values helped keep the Australian landscape sustainable. Engage in hands-on activities and explore the unique adaptations and life cycles that allow our Australian wildlife to survive in diverse habitats.


In Australian Culture & Wildlife, students will learn valuable observation and classification skills to organise animals into groups based on their life cycles and adaptations. By understanding what animals need to survive, students will investigate the challenges our local species face in the wild and learn about how they can help fight wildlife extinction.

Students will learn:

  • Aboriginal culture, stories and their connection to the land and wildlife
  • How to identify the observable features Australian animals have developed to survive
  • How Australian animals depend on each other and the environment
  • The impact of humans on places, habitats and wildlife
  • How Zoos Victoria is helping to Fight Extinction
Activity Duration
Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.50 - 10.05am) 10 minutes
Workshop with Werribee Open Range Zoo teacher
30 minutes
Safari bus tour 40 minutes
Self-guided walking trails and options to join educational keeper talks  1 – 4 hours

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 daily itinerary. Paper maps will be provided to you on the day.

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 3 – 4

Geography Knowledge

The many Countries/Places of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia, and the custodial responsibility they have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability (VCGGK080)

  • Students will discover aboriginal culture and how their way of living influenced the wildlife and land around them

Science Understanding

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

  • Students will discover Australian animals and learn to identify the variations in their features and group them accordingly

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

  • Students will learn about the life cycles of different Australian animals and how they depend on the environment to survive

Plan your excursion 

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

The organising teacher should make themselves known to Admission Staff prior to entering the Zoo so that payment can be made. More information 

Book your excursion

Call (03) 9340 2788

You will need the following to book your excursion:

  • Education program of your choice
  • Preferred excursion date
  • School name and address
  • Contact details of organising teacher
  • Number of students/classes and their year level