Year levels

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

Join us in our Wild Lab and become a scientist for the day using the power of STEM-based inquiry.

Program Description

Using the power of STEM-based inquiry, students will investigate and explore why living things are the way that they are.

Join us in our Wild Lab and explore the natural world in our exciting outdoor laboratory. Student scientists will be presented with numerous problem-based activities and able to experiment, observe, test ideas: discovering a way of knowing and doing to create a better world where all living things can thrive.

Through STEM-based inquiry learning, students will engage in a variety of play-based problem-solving activities designed to extend student thinking and bring the curriculum to life. Able to engage all their senses, students can dive in to hands-on, minds-on, self-directed exploration. Guided discussion and rich investigations will help students to develop understandings of where plants and animals live, what they need to survive and how we can care for them and their habitats.

During the day, students will learn about the form and function of different plants and animals, their habitats, and what they require to survive in their environments. Students will be encouraged to gather information through investigations and consider questions about the form and function of a variety of plants and animals.

Students in Wild Lab will learn:

  • The form and function of various animal and plant species.
  • The purpose and use of different materials used in habitat building.
  • How to sort, match and classify a variety of objects and features through play-based learning.
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

Program resources

Learning outcomes

VEYLDF and Victorian Curriculum 1 - 2 Science

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 problem-based inquiry learning, students are given the opportunity to explore animal and plant features, habitats and survival needs.

Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (VCSSU044)

  • Through problem-based inquiry learning, students will explore materials used in building animal shelters, taking into consideration the purpose of different materials and how they are suited to different environments.
Science Inquiry Skills

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

  • Using unique zoo-based resources, students will be encouraged to engage their senses: listening, observing, smelling and touching in order to explore living and non-living things. This will be supported through examining clues found throughout the Wild Lab, engaging in problem-based activities and being immersed in a unique, purpose built environment that encourages play-based learning and exploration.

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world.

  • Students learn ways to care for their environment and contribute to a sustainable future.
Social Awareness and Management

Name and practice basic skills required to work collaboratively with peers (VCPSCSO006)

  • Students will be encouraged to listen to the ideas of others, share equipment and resources, ask further questions and identify and consider problems through teacher- guided outdoor investigations.

Plan your excursion 

Wild Lab is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for all 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