Maintaining Biodiversity

Year levels



$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students


Biodiversity, Human Impact

Develop your skills as a field scientist to assess the biodiversity of an ecosystem and explore the human threats, as well as Zoos Victoria’s role in conservation of endangered animals.

Program Description

In Maintaining Biodiversity students apply the skills that field scientists use to measure biodiversity within an ecosystem. Students will discuss the human threats impacting a native species and gain insight into the actions Zoos Victoria take in real life conservation scenarios to protect endangered species.

Students will assess the biodiversity of an ecosystem using a quadrat sampling method to collect data. Your fieldwork data will be shared online to build an important picture of the challenges of maintaining biodiversity in a grasslands site. 

Students will learn:

  • To define the categories of biodiversity
  • The impact of humans on the biodiversity of native species
  • What strategies Zoos Victoria use to manage biodiversity and support the conservation of species
  • How to conduct a practical investigation into the challenges of maintaining biodiversity
Activity Duration
Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.50 - 10.05am) 10 minutes
Workshop with Werribee Open Range Zoo teacher
80 minutes
Safari bus tour 40 minutes
Self-guided walking trails and options to join educational keeper talks  1 – 2 hours

Program maps and itineraries

Your booking confirmation email will list your group's education workshop time/s. Each workshop time has its own map and daily itinerary. Paper maps will be provided to you on the day.

Program resources

These documents are password protected so that VCE students can complete their Student Workbook to the best of their ability. You will be emailed the password when you book your excursion.

Learning outcomes

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – Environmental Science

VCE Environmental Science Unit 3: How can biodiversity and development be sustained?

Area of Study 1: Is maintaining diversity worth a sustained effort?

  • By focussing on a local endangered species, learn about the effort it takes to help a species avoid extinction and why Zoos Victoria believe it’s worth the sustained effort to maintain diversity


Plan your excursion 

Maintaining Biodiversity is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, closed toed shoes, hat and sun protection. Students will need a copy of the student booklet, clipboard and a pen.

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