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$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

What is Tourism’s Impact and how can we minimise tourism’s negative consequences?

Program Description

Get a first-hand insight into how Zoos Victoria assesses and mitigates tourism’s impact with an opportunity to collect and analyse on-site data.

What are the environmental, economic and cultural impacts of tourism and can we harness tourism to deliver positive environmental impacts? Through Tourism's Impact, VCE Geography students gain a first-hand insight into the impact and opportunities of tourism on the environment using Zoos Victoria as a case study.

Start the day with a workshop conducted by a zoo-based educator exploring the big question, how effective are organisations in having a positive impact on tourism? A second workshop introduces students to a zoo-led conservation campaign in preparation for on-site fieldwork.

In the field, students will prepare a visitor heat-map or undertake visitor interaction to obtain primary source data for the unit. Students will also have access to zoo data for further, in-depth analysis.

Tourism’s Impact offers students a behind-the-scenes insight into the operation of the zoo and investigates how organisations can effect change to minimise tourism’s impact. Using the zoo as a case study, students observe how a large organisation gathers, collects and implements data to inform decision-making about the relationships between tourism and conservation.

Students will:

  • Collect, sort, process and represent primary source data and other information.
  • Learn to identify tourism’s impact at different locations and scales.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of management strategies in relation to environmental sustainability, economic viability and socio-cultural value of tourism.
  • Meet their fieldwork requirement by gathering real data on-site.
Activity Duration
Workshop with Melbourne Zoo teacher – How effective are organisations in having a positive impact on tourism?
45 minutes
Workshop with Melbourne Zoo teacher – exploring a campaign and environmental interpretations and prepare students for onsite fieldwork 45 minutes
Student-led fieldwork opportunity for students, undertaking visitor heat mapping or visitor observations at additional campaign sites Flexible
Explore the Zoo – visit animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks  1 – 2 hours

Learning outcomes

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – Geography

Unit 2: Tourism

Area of study 2: Impact of Tourism

  • The students are required to collect observational data while at Melbourne Zoo. At school using primary and secondary data to complete a fieldwork report, answering the effectiveness of these strategies

Area of study 2: Impact of Tourism

  • The students are required to not only identify the impacts of tourism but suggest possible solutions and justify their responses

Area of study 2: Impact of Tourism

  • The students look into the impact of tourism at local, national and international and study the complexity of how the value of tourism is measured

Area of study 2: Impact of Tourism

  • An important part of the excursion is the fieldwork report. To complete this fieldwork report the students will collect, analysis and suggest possible solutions based on the data that they have collected

Area of study 2: Impact of Tourism

  • Focusing on the positive and negative aspects of tourism and judging the impact at local, national and international levels

Plan your excursion 

Tourism’s Impact is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. Students will need a copy of the student workbook (download from below), electronic device e.g. smart phone, clipboard and a pen.

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