Year levels



$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students

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:

  • Take part in a discussion about sustainability
  • Learn about a select industry in a multidisciplinary workplace
  • Collect and interpret information about the social and environmental issue of sustainability
  • Learn about industrial sustainability as a vocational pathway
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


Literacy and Numeracy Skills – Foundation

Learning outcome 2: Oracy for Knowledge 

Element 1 Take part in a talk or discussion to provide or elicit information on a familiar topic

  • Students will take part in an informative discussion that will notify them about sustainability at Melbourne Zoo

Work Related Skills – Foundation

Learning outcome 1: Learn about a selected workplace or industry setting

Element 1.1 - explore a selected workplace or industry area using a minimum of three different information sources

Element 1.2 - identify different employment opportunities available within the selected workplace or industry

  • Through the lesson, VCAL students have the opportunity to explore a workplace or industry from an information source and they will be able to describe the employment opportunities the sustainability sector has to offer

Personal Development Skills – Foundation

Learning outcome 3: Communicate information about a social issue or community activity

Element 3.2 - Collect and interpret information about a social issue or community activity

  • Students will have the chance to collect and interpret information about the sustainability measures occurring at Melbourne Zoo
Industry Specific Skills

Provide vocational experiences relevant to student interests and abilities

  • Students will be provided with a vocational experience in regards to industrial scale sustainability 

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