A female zoo worker and two young students crouching in long dry grass.

Australian Culture and Wildlife

Year levels

Year 5 & Year 6

Cost

$19 per student

Availability

Monday to Friday (during the school term)

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 and wildlife on which we meet. Engage in hands-on activities and explore the unique adaptations and life cycles that help Australian wildlife to survive in diverse habitats.

Through stories, discover the Aboriginal peoples’ connection to the land and wildlife and how these beliefs and values helped keep the Australian landscape sustainable. Match the unique life cycles, diets, skulls and more to our Australian animals and investigate the challenges these animals face in the wild. In Australian Culture & Wildlife, students will learn how to group animals based on their life cycles and adaptations and discover how animals rely on the physical conditions within their environment to survive.

As part of Australian Culture & Wildlife, students will participate in a discussion about Australian wildlife and the challenges they face in the wild. Students will also learn about Zoos Victoria’s mission to fight extinction and how they can help.

Students will learn:

  • Aboriginal culture, stories and their connection to the land and wildlife 
  • How to identify key features Australian animals have developed to survive
  • How Australian animals rely on each other and the environment
  • The challenges Australian wildlife face in the wild
  • 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

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum F – 10

Science Understanding

Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)

  • Students will have the opportunity to learn about adaptations that help Australian wildlife to survive in their environment

The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)

  • Students explore how the environment affects the adaptations our Australian wildlife have to survive and how they respond to different threats
Geographical Knowledge

Influence of people, including the influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (VCGGK094)

  • Students will learn about Aboriginal culture and how their way of live influenced the wildlife and land around them
Historical Concepts and Skills

Describe perspectives and identify ideas, beliefs and values of people and groups in the past (VCHHC084)

  • Students will connect with Indigenous stories and discover how they influenced the beliefs and values of Aboriginal people

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