Inclusive Learning

Year levels

Foundation – Year 2, Year 3 & Year 4, Year 5 & Year 6, Year 7 & Year 8, Year 9 & Year 10, VCE


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

We can support students with a range of needs to engage with animals and learn more about our world.

Program Description

Melbourne Zoo’s flexible Inclusive Learning program offers a unique experience for students to engage with animals and take on personal challenges to discover more about our world.

Depending on the needs of your students, there are two learning spaces available. Both spaces are wheelchair accessible and have the opportunity for an animal encounter.

Growing Wild
In the Growing Wild learning space, students can become active explorers in the garden. Learn about how to care for animals and their needs. The sights, sounds, smells and immersive environment of the play-based garden allows for student choice and self-paced discovery of living things. Students are encouraged to emotionally connect with, develop empathy and respect for animals and nature. Recommended for students up to Level 3 ability.

The DigestED learning space allows students to build independence, challenge themselves and look deeper into wildlife conservation. Students will have access to a number of biological artefacts to allow students to connect, compare and problem solve. The lions will be watching the students while they solve inquiry-based problems and learn about their impacts on animal species in the wild. Recommended for students above Level 3 ability.

We have the ability to support students with:

  • Disabilities (Physical, Learning, Visual, Auditory)
  • Additional Learning Needs (Autism Spectrum, Emotional and Behavioural Disorders)
  • English as an Additional Language (refugees, recently arrived migrants, Adult Learners)

The program addresses the needs of students through:

  • Adaptive teacher-led activities
  • Creating opportunities for student-led exploration, and the chance to learn about the needs of animals and how we can care for them
  • Information is presented both orally and visually to accommodate both students with visual or auditory impairments in addition to students with various learning preferences.
Activity: Length:
Session with Melbourne Zoo teacher 30 – 45 minutes
Explore the Zoo – visit animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks, search for Wild Explorer boxes 1 – 4 hours

Learning outcomes

During the instructor-led program, students will learn skills relating to: 

Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF)
  • Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
  • Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators


Plan your excursion 

Inclusive Learning program 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 via Rail Gate. The organising teacher must present their booking confirmation to Admission staff prior to students and remaining teachers entering the Zoo. 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