Year levels

Year 5, Year 6


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students


Aboriginal Culture, Adaptations, Australian Animals, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Life cycles, Sustainability

In this new version of the Local Legends program, students will discover animals that are Local Legends and learn how they can become a hero in the lives of these unique creatures.

Program Description

In this new and updated version of the Local Legends program, students will learn what makes our Local legends unique and why they need us to be their heroes.

By gathering information and sharing ideas, students will learn how to be a responsible custodian to Australian animals and their habitats through the tradition of storytelling.

Students will have the opportunity to observe Australian species in their habitat, learn what features they have to help them to survive and what they can do to protect animals, native vegetation and wild environments.

By reflecting on what they have learnt, students will be encouraged to do their own story-telling, sharing what makes their Local Legend unique and how they can change their behaviour and influence others to become a hero for their own Local Legend.

Local Legends will:

  • Understand the value and importance of storytelling for conservation in the past and present
  • Witness the unique features of Australian animals, take part in interactive experiences in the workshop, attend Daily Talks, observe animals interacting with their habitats, and explore the Zoo
  • Learn how to use storytelling to empower people to take care of the fragile connections between animals and their homes
  • Be inspired to take greater responsibility in saving our native species
Activity Duration
Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.40 - 10am)
10 minutes
Workshop with Melbourne Zoo teacher 40 minutes
Explore the Zoo – meet the local legend animals, visit other animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks 1 – 4 hours

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 5 – 6

Science Understanding

The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)

  • Through telling the story of the pressures placed on animals and their environment students will gain an understanding of the dangers of human impact on wildlife and wild places
Geographical Concepts and knowledge

Describe and explain interconnections within places and between places, and the effects of these interconnections (VCGGC087)

  • Understanding human impact can be both positive and negative, and encourage students to research the changes made by people to the natural environment


Ethical Capabilities

Discuss how ethical principles can be used as the basis for action, considering the influence of cultural norms, religion, world views and philosophical thought on these principles (VCECU010)

  • Investigating ways that students can promote behaviour change through culture, religion, world view in the context of storytelling

Plan your excursion 

Local Legends 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