Year levels

Foundation, Year 1, Year 2


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 5 students


Animal Features, Ecosystems / Habitats, Families, Life cycles

Students will become Wild Explorers for the day, learning about what makes animals special and meeting many along the way.

Program Description

In this fun-filled and educational day out at the zoo, students will become Wild Explorers and learn respect and care for animals. They will engage all their senses and exercise their enquiring minds to learn what makes animals special and uncover animals' features, habitats, life cycles and what they need to survive.

Your Wild Explorers will have the chance to meet an animal up close and explore the zoo to discover what makes our animals so special. Guided discussions, animal encounters and inquiry learning help students understand where these animals live, what they eat and how we can care for them and their habitats.

By the end of their mission into the wild, students will understand how special our animals are, how to care for them, the environment and contribute to a sustainable future.

Wild Explorers will learn:

  • How to respect and care for animals
  • The unique features and needs of various animal species
  • How animals grow and change
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 F – 2

Science Understanding


Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)

  • Through educator-led discussions, an animal encounter and play-based learning students are able to explore animal features, habitats and survival needs

Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)

  • Students will explore animal lifecycles and the characteristics of living and non-living things through educator-led discussions, an animal encounter and unique zoo-based resources
Science Inquiry Skills

Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)

  • Students will be encouraged to engage their senses: listening, observing, smelling and when appropriate touching animals or animal artefacts in order to explore living and non-living things, this will be supported through storytelling, educator-led discussions, an animal encounter and guided outdoor investigations
Ethical Capability

Explore the types of acts considered right and those often considered wrong and the reasons why they are considered so (VCECD002)

  • An animal encounter is used as a provocation for students to understand the experience from the viewpoint of the animal, to recognise animal sentience, to encourage emotional connection with animals, and to promote respect for animals and their habitats

Plan your excursion 

Wild Explorers 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