Year levels

Early Childhood

Cost

$19 per child

Availability

Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 3 children

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 Habitat Haven zoo habitat.

Students 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

Program sequence

Before your visit

Connect  

Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark children's curiosity before their zoo visit.

During your visit

Connect and Understand

With a unique education workshop, exploring the self-guided walking trails, a guided safari bus tour or joining a keeper talk there is plenty to keep the children intrigued. 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.

Your zoo visit will include:  Introduction (for arrivals between 9:50am – 10:10am), Zoo Teacher workshop (40 minutes), Safari Bus Tour (40 minutes) and keeper talks. Check out your Teaching Guide for other ideas of what to do at the zoo.

After your visit

Understand

Use activities in the Teaching Guide to deepen children's learning back at school.

Act

Use the Teaching Guide to enable children to master their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts.

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

Nature’s Calling Teaching Guide *coming soon*

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 children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection.

School groups will enter Werribee Open Range Zoo via the Main 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