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Nature’s Calling

Nature’s Calling

Year level 
$19 per student
Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Nature’s Calling on all the senses to explore, play and learn about wildlife and the natural environment. What will you discover?

Learning Outcomes

Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF)

  • Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
    Children feel safe, secure and supported to confidently explore and engage with their peers, educators and zoo teachers in a new environment through relationships and play
  • 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 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
    Children will have the opportunity to explore a new environment participating in physical play and negotiating play spaces to ensure the safety and wellbeing of themselves and others
  • 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
  • Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators
    A carefully planned natural environment provides children with abundant opportunities for sensory exploration that naturally encourages children to respond verbally and non-verbally to what they see, hear, touch and feel

Program Description

Being surrounded by nature inspires a sense of wonder, intrigue and curiosity in young children.

In Nature’s Calling, children will feel safe, secure and supported to explore the natural environment of the zoo. They’ll meet unique animals along the way and follow their curiosity by navigating the walking trails and play equipment of the zoo.

With keeper talks, a guided safari tour and a unique education workshop, there is plenty to keep the children intrigued and entertained.

This full-day, play-based experience is a unique and immersive learning experience, drawing on your children’s natural instincts to explore the world around them.

Children will learn:

  • To appreciate and care for the natural environment.
  • To explore using all of their senses in unfamiliar and unique terrain
  • About a range of different animals and habitats

What to bring

Nature’s Calling 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 3 children 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

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

Nature’s Calling your children to join us for an immersive learning experience. Call (03) 9340 2788 between 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week to book.

A confirmation will be emailed following your booking. We can’t wait to meet you!