Inclusive Learning: Caring for Animals

Year levels

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


$5 per student


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

Student Ratio

1 carer/ integration aid for every student


Adaptations, Animal Welfare, Ecosystems / Habitats

A unique experience for students to engage with animals and take on personal challenges to discover more about our world.

Program Description

The Activ8 learning space provides students with an outdoor area where they can discover how we care for animals at Werribee Open Range Zoo and their unique needs.

Our inclusive learning program gives students with a variety of needs the opportunity to learn about how we care for animals at the zoo.

Students will have the opportunity to interact with animal enrichment and observe animals in their exhibit. Explore a range of animal skulls, understand what animals need to survive and learn about how we meet their needs at the zoo.

We have the ability to support students with:

  • Physical disabilities
  • Additional Learning Needs (Autism Spectrum, Emotional and Behavioural Disorders)

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 students with both visual and auditory impairments in addition to students with various learning preferences
  • Shorter learning sessions available
Activity Duration
Safari bus tour 40 minutes

Inclusive Learning Workshop where students will:

  • Learn how we care for animals at the zoo
  • Understand the special features animals have to survive
  • Observe animal behaviour                           
30 minutes (can be shorter to meet needs of students)
Explore the zoo – visit animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks  1 – 4 hours

Plan your excursion 

Inclusive Learning: Caring for Animals 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