Year levels

Year 7, Year 8


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students


Resource Management, Sustainability

By taking part in SustainABILITY, students get a behind-the-scenes look at what Melbourne Zoo is doing to be at the forefront of sustainability. Students can then use their insights to explore opportunities for their school and home.

Program Description

Melbourne Zoo is now a carbon neutral organisation. SustainABILITY gives students the chance to explore the Zoo’s large-scale sustainability measures including water-saving, composting and waste-management practices and discover what it takes to maintaining animal exhibits. Learn all about our sustainability actions and processes and why this is important for people and wildlife. SustainABILITY gives students the know-how to understand sustainability issues and plan for a more sustainable future.

Students will learn:

  • To consider the terms renewable and non-renewable in relation to various resources
  • How humans impact the water-cycle
  • The implications of environmental sustainability and liveability in an urban setting
  • Gain inspiration to design action that will lead to a more equitable and sustainable future in their own lives
Activity Duration
Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.40 - 10am) 10 minutes
Session with Melbourne Zoo teacher 40 minutes
Explore the Zoo – visit animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks                        1 - 4 hours

Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum 7 – 8

Science Understanding


Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable (VCSSU100)

  • Students will learn about regenerating resources, such as composting, water reclamation and plant growth

Water is an important resource that cycles through the environment (VCSSU101)

  • Students will learn how humans manage the water cycle at Melbourne Zoo
Geographical Knowledge

The challenges of managing and planning Australia’s urban future (VCGGK126)

  • Students will learn about the challenges and implications of urban environmental sustainability measures

Ethical Capability

Explore the extent of ethical obligation and the implications for thinking about consequences and duties in decision-making and action (VCECD017)

  • On the continuum between strictly obligatory and  ‘above and beyond the call of duty’, students will learn the reasons and implications of Melbourne Zoos sustainability choices

Plan your excursion 

SustainABILITY 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 via Rail Gate. The organising teacher must present their booking confirmation to Admission staff prior to students and remaining teachers entering the Zoo. 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