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Habitat Heroes

Habitat Heroes

Year level 
Foundation – Year 2
Cost 
$18 per student
Availability 
Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Explore a rich habitat and learn how living things grow, change and survive.

Learning Outcomes

Victorian Curriculum F – 10

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)
    Students will participate in a range of activities within a habitat, which help them to understand that plants and animals require food, water and shelter to survive
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)
    Students will have opportunities to explore the life cycles of various living things

Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF)

  • Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
    Children are immersed in a habitat where they can explore and play to develop their respect for living and non-living things to develop their understanding of the interdependence between land, plants and animals
  • Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners
    Children are immersed in a carefully planned environment designed as The Third Teacher with provocations to stimulate curiosity, wonder, imagination and questioning and allow for intentional teaching practice

Program Description

Program Description

Explore our newly-designed Habitat Haven where students share a habitat with wildlife and are encouraged to play, explore and learn.

Teach environmental stewardship from a young age. The Habitat Heroes experience promotes learning through spontaneity, self-managed risk, exploration, discovery, manipulation and observation, where children can meet and learn about a range of animals in a shared habitat.

Students are supported to use all their senses as they explore habitats, understand the interdependence natural systems and determine how the survival of living things are interconnected.

The fun doesn’t stop there. Children are given the chance to learn about even more animals by taking a guided safari bus tour, exploring the self-guided walking trails or joining a keeper talk.

Students will learn:

  • The basic needs of plants and animals
  • The lifecycles of various living things
  • To stimulate curiosity, wonder, imagination and questioning and allow for intentional teaching practice.
  • Respect for living and non-living things and develop an awareness of the interdependence between land, plants and animals.

What to bring

Habitat Heroes is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection.

Student ratio

1 adult for every 5 students are admitted for free with this program. Additional adults are welcome to join for a reduced rate.

Plan your visit

The organising teacher should make themselves known to Admission Staff prior to entering the Zoo so that payment can be made. More information 

The day's activities

Activity:
Length:
Activity 
Welcome and introduction to your day (arrivals between 9.50 - 10.05am)
Length 
10 minutes
Activity 
Session with Werribee Open Range Zoo teacher
Length 
30 minutes
Activity 
Safari bus tour
Length 
40 minutes
Activity 
Self-guided walking trails and options to join educational keeper talks
Length 
1 – 4 hours
THEMES
Animal Features
Australian Animals
Ecosystems / Habitats
Endangered Species
Families
Life Cycles

Become a Habitat Hero. Call (03) 9340 2788 between 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week to book and let’s start exploring!

A confirmation will be emailed following your booking.