Three students with a Zoo staff member looking at a toy used by an animal at the Zoo.

Inclusive Learning

Year levels

Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, VCE

Cost

$5 per student

Availability

Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 carer/ integration aid per student with special needs

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.

Program description

A unique, real-world learning experience exploring wildlife from Australia, 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.  

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 needs and learning preferences. 

Program sequence

During your visit

Connect and Understand  

Foundation to Year 2 
Students can become active explorers at Melbourne Zoo, learning about the needs of animals and how we can care for them. The sights, sounds, smells and immersive environment of the play-based space 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. 

Year 3 to 10 
Students will build independence, challenge themselves and look deeper into wildlife conservation at the zoo. 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. 

Your zoo visit will include: An introduction to the day (for arrivals between 9:40 – 10 am), Zoo Teacher workshop (40 minutes) and keeper talks. Check out your Teaching Guide for other ideas of what to do at the zoo.

Learning outcomes

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

Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF)

Plan your excursion 

Inclusive Learning 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 Melbourne Zoo via the Rail Gate entrance. Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival. More Information. 

All onsite excursion bookings are subject to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and as such are subject to change in line with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s advice. We will be in contact with all teachers prior to their booked date if we need to clarify any new requirements. 

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