Year levels

Year 3


$19 per student


Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Student Ratio

1 adult for every 10 students


Animal Features, Ecosystems / Habitats

Inspired by STEM-based inquiry learning, Wild Lab allows students to become a scientist for the day: explore nature, examine clues, investigate unique zoo-based resources, piece together puzzles, and solve problems in an interactive play-based setting.

Program Description

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

Victorian Curriculum 3

Science Understanding

Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)

  • Students will be provided with unique zoo-based resources and be provided with the opportunity to manipulate and group authentic biological artefacts and group them according to observable features

Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)

  • Students will explore animal lifecycles and what they need to survive through educator-led discussions, an animal encounter and unique zoo-based resources
Science Inquiry Skills

Safely use appropriate materials, tools, equipment and technologies (VCSIS067)

  • Students have the opportunity to use tools for problem-based activities such as magnifying lenses, measuring equipment and natural materials for construction and classification activities
Critical and Creative Thinking

Investigate a range of problem-solving strategies, including brainstorming, identifying, comparing and selecting options, and developing and testing hypotheses (VCCCTM020)

  • Students will have the opportunity to investigate, develop and test hypotheses, and make comparisons as they engage in problem-solve activities in the Wild Lab
Measurement and Geometry

Measure, order and compare objects using familiar metric units of length, area, mass and capacity (VCMMG140)

  • Students will be provided with biological artefacts and other natural materials to compare and measure using formal units of measurement

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