Year levels

Foundation – Year 2

Cost

$19 per student

Availability

Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 5 students

Themes

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

Children 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 our newly-designed Habitat Haven where students share a habitat with wildlife and are encouraged to play, explore and learn.

The Habitat Heroes experience promotes learning through spontaneity, self-managed risk, exploration, discovery, manipulation and observation, where children can meet and learn about a range of animals in a shared habitat.

Students are supported to use all their senses as they explore habitats, understand the interdependence natural systems and determine how the survival of living things are interconnected.

The fun doesn’t stop there. Children are given the chance to learn about even more animals by taking a guided safari bus tour, exploring the self-guided walking trails or joining a keeper talk.

Students will learn:

  • The basic needs of plants and animals
  • 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.

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