Year levels

Foundation, Year 1, Year 2


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 5 students


Animal Features, Australian Animals, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Families, Life cycles

Students are immersed in a habitat shared with animals and are encouraged to explore using their senses to uncover how living things grow, change and survive in nature.

Program Description

Explore a zoo habitat, Habitat Haven, where students share a habitat with wildlife and are encouraged to play, explore and learn.

The Habitat Heroes experience promotes learning through exploration, self-managed risk, discovery, manipulation and observation in a zoo habitat.

Students are supported to use all their senses as they explore the habitat and determine what living things need to survive.

This full-day, experience with a unique education workshop, exploring the self-guided walking trails, a guided safari bus tour or joining a keeper talk.

Students will learn:

  • The basic needs of plants and animals
  • To explore the lifecycles of various living things
  • To stimulate curiosity, wonder, imagination and questioning and allow for intentional teaching practice
  • Respect for living and non-living things and develop an awareness of the interdependence between land, plants and animals

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

Science Understanding


Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)

  • Students will participate in a range of activities within a habitat, which help them to understand that plants and animals require food, water and shelter to survive

Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)

  • Students will have opportunities to explore the life cycles of various living things


Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF)


Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

  • Children are immersed in a habitat where they can explore and play to develop their respect for living and non-living things to develop their understanding of the interdependence between land, plants and animals

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

  • Children are immersed in a carefully planned environment designed as The Third Teacher with provocations to stimulate curiosity, wonder, imagination and questioning and allow for intentional teaching practice


Plan your excursion 

Habitat Heroes 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