Open Access Excursions (Self-Guided)

Year levels

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

Cost

$19 per student

Availability

Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Auslan and/or captioned content to help deaf and hard-of-hearing students get the most out of their zoo experience.

Program Description

OpenAccess Excursions was developed by Connexu Foundation in partnership with the Victorian Deaf Education Institute and Werribee Open Range Zoo to create accessible learning for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Using a smartphone application, students can access interactive and accessible learning through captions and Australian Sign Language. The app has been designed to be used around the Pula Reserve Trail via Quick Response (QR) codes.

Teachers can make the most of the experience by preparing students for the content that is available through the app by viewing it prior to your visit.

Find out how to download the OpenAccess app. After the app is downloaded you need to also download the Werribee Open Range Zoo content – go to “Download Content” and search for Werribee Open Range Zoo and download either secondary or primary content as required. As the files are large it is recommended to download via Wi-Fi.

At the zoo, you can either select the “nearby” option to view the videos or select “scan code” option and scan in the QR codes that are on the Open Access Student Trail attached below.

We recommend that you select key species to focus your day on rather than try to cover all species.

For further information visit OpenAccess Tours or Conexu

Activity Duration
Self-guided using OpenAccess app
1 - 4 hours
Safari bus tour (optional) 40 minutes
Explore the Zoo – visit animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks  1 – 4 hours

Plan your excursion 

Open Acess is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. Please bring your own devices with the application downloaded. See below for the Open Access QR code Sheet.

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