Discover how to use nature-based activities to teach science, stories and Aboriginal cultures.

Program description

This professional development has been designed for early childhood educators who want to include Science, nature play, storytelling, and Aboriginal cultures in their learning programs.

Join us for individual workshops or complete the whole series.

You will grow your knowledge, teaching skills and confidence:

  • Get support for Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) outcomes
  • Gain ideas for sparking your children’s interest and curiosity
  • Learn up-to-date information and real-world examples
  • Access lesson plans and resources that you can use right away

Cost

This series is free for Zoos Victoria members (except for the Teacher Member Movie Night). Not a member? Join here

Nature Play and Storytelling (Early Childhood)

Melbourne Zoo
Tuesday 1 March, 9.30-3.00

During this one-day workshop, you will:

  • Learn how to embed nature play and storytelling in your teaching
  • Experience how nature play and storytelling can be used to teach Science
  • Explore Melbourne Zoo and discover how to teach about animals
  • Talk with Zoo Teachers and other early childhood educators

Recognition: certificate for 5 hours of PD
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: 3.2, 6.2, 7.4

Call 1300 966 784 to book your place and let us know your dietary requirements.

Nature Play in Everyday (Early Childhood)

On-demand at a time that suits you.

During this online PD, you will:

  • Learn how to teach nature play and science in any outdoor space
  • Discover how to connect children with animals and their homes
  • Watch behind-the-scenes zoo videos

Recognition: certificate for 1 hour of PD
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: 2.1, 3.2, 3.4

Nature Play and Aboriginal Cultures (Early Childhood)

Healesville Sanctuary
Tuesday 5 April, 9.30-3.00

During this one-day workshop, you will:

  • Learn how to include Aboriginal cultures in outdoor activities
  • Experience Aboriginal storytelling and nature play
  • Explore Healesville Sanctuary and connect to Australian animals
  • Talk with Sanctuary Teachers and other early childhood educators

Recognition: certificate for 5 hours of PD
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: 2.1, 2.3, 6.2

Call 1300 966 784 to book your place and let us know your dietary requirements.

Nature Play the Wurundjeri Way (Early Childhood)

On-demand at a time that suits you.

During this online PD, you will:

  • Learn how to teach about Aboriginal cultures during nature and outdoor play
  • Discover how to connect children to animals, plants and the land
  • Watch behind-the-scenes zoo videos

Recognition: certificate for 1 hour of PD
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: 2.1, 2.4, 6.2

Fighting Extinction Schools Mentoring

Design or enhance educational programs for your class with the support of a highly skilled Zoo Teacher.