Year levels

Early Childhood

Cost

$19 per student

Availability

Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 5 students

Themes

Animal Features, Australian Animals, Ecosystems / Habitats, Endangered Species, Families, Life cycles

Nature’s Calling on all the senses to explore, play and learn about wildlife and the natural environment. What will you discover?

Program Description

Being surrounded by nature inspires a sense of wonder, intrigue and curiosity in young children.

In Nature’s Calling, children will feel safe, secure and supported to explore the natural environment of the zoo. They’ll meet unique animals along the way and follow their curiosity by navigating the walking trails and play equipment of the zoo.

With keeper talks, a guided safari tour and a unique education workshop, there is plenty to keep the children intrigued and entertained.

This full-day, play-based experience is a unique and immersive learning experience, drawing on your children’s natural instincts to explore the world around them.

Children will learn:

  • To appreciate and care for the natural environment.
  • To explore using all of their senses in unfamiliar and unique terrain
  • About a range of different animals and habitats
Activity Duration
Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.50 - 10.05am)
10 minutes
Session with Werribee Open Range Zoo teacher 30 minutes
Safari bus tour 30 minutes
Self-guided walking trails and options to join educational keeper talks 1 – 4 hours

Learning outcomes

Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF)

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

  • Children feel safe, secure and supported to confidently explore and engage with their peers, educators and zoo teachers in a new environment through relationships and play

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

  • Children are immersed in a habitat where they can explore and play to develop their respect for living and non-living things to develop their understanding of the interdependence between land, plants and animals

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

  • Children will have the opportunity to explore a new environment participating in physical play and negotiating play spaces to ensure the safety and wellbeing of themselves and others

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

  • Children are immersed in a carefully planned environment designed as The Third Teacher with provocations to stimulate curiosity, wonder, imagination and questioning and allow for intentional teaching practice

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

  • A carefully planned natural environment provides children with abundant opportunities for sensory exploration that naturally encourages children to respond verbally and non-verbally to what they see, hear, touch and feel

Plan your excursion 

Nature’s Calling 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