Open Access Excursions (Self-Guided)
Auslan and/or captioned content to help deaf and hard-of-hearing students get the most out of their zoo experience.
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.
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.
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.
Connect and Understand
Students will be immersed amongst wildlife and habitats as you explore Werribee Open Range Zoo. Use the app to 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.
Your zoo visit will include: exploring Werribee Open Range Zoos trails, visiting animal habitats, Safari Bus Tour (40 minutes) and attending keeper talks. Check out your Teaching Guide for other ideas of what to do at the zoo.
Program maps and itineraries
Your booking confirmation email will list your group's education workshop/s and safari bus tour time. Zoo Map
Plan your excursion
Open Access (Self-Guided) 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 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.