VCAL for Community Conservation

Year levels



$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students

Students will work together to analyse the Zoos Victoria's "Bubbles not Balloons" community conservation project. They will then collaborate with zoo experts on a plan to implement a similar community-based project at school.

Program description

Students will take a closer look at Zoos Victoria’s “Bubbles not Balloons” community conservation campaign, which engages the community in the environmental issue of plastics in our oceans.  

They will discover how Zoos Victoria created this campaign to help save species in ocean habitats and use a similar process to address this issue within their own school community. 

This community conservation framework can be extended by VCAL teachers at school, to cater for individual student needs and meet all outcomes within PDS Units 1 or 2. 

This program is mapped to the Foundation curriculum, but can be adapted to Intermediate and Senior levels.

Students will learn: 

  • The process Zoos Victoria employs when creating community conservation projects
  • How to develop and implement a project which addresses an environmental issue within their school community

Program sequence

Before your visit


Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to spark students curiosity before their zoo visit.

During your visit

Connect and Understand  

Students will have the opportunity to build their ideas, ask questions and solve potential problems with a Zoo Teacher during their excursion at Melbourne Zoo.  

Your zoo visit will include:  Zoo Teacher workshop (40 minutes), explore the zoo and attend keeper talks. Check out your Teaching Guide for other ideas of what to do at the zoo. 

After your visit


Use activities in the Teaching Guide to deepen students’ learning.After developing and implementing their project back at school, students can share their achievements with Melbourne Zoo. 


Use the Teaching Guide to enable students to master their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts.

Program resources

Zoo Map *coming soon*

VCAL for Community Conservation Teaching Guide *coming soon*

Learning outcomes

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

Personal Development Skills

Foundation Unit 1:

Learning Outcome 2.0  Demonstrate knowledge specific to a simple activity 

2.1  Identify and demonstrate knowledge that will contribute to the achievement of a simple activity 

2.2 Access and gather information required to complete the activity 

  • Students will gain knowledge of Zoos Victoria’s approach to the development of their community project, “Bubbles Not Balloons”. This information can then contribute to the implementation of a related activity back in their school community

Foundation Unit 2:

Learning Outcome 2.0  Plan and organise a simple activity 

2.1 Discuss and select an environmental, cultural or social issue within a community 

  • Students will discuss the environmental issue of plastics within ocean environments with a zoo expert

Learning Outcome 3.0  Communicate information about a simple environmental, cultural or social activity within a community 

3.1 Identify sources of information regarding a simple environmental, cultural or social activity within a community 

3.2 Collect and interpret information about the activity 

  • Melbourne Zoo is a rich source of information that students can tap into to help them develop an environmental activity within their community

Plan your excursion

VCAL for Community Conservation 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 Melbourne Zoo via the Rail Gate 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. 

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