Virtual Excursions

Take part in our free virtual excursions and take students on a learning journey of animals and conservation.

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A girl crouching between two large logs looks into a grass nest which holds an Eastern Barred Bandicoot.
Wild Explorers
Melbourne Zoo | Early Childhood
Children will become a Wild Explorer for the day, learning about three special endangered Australian animals through song, story and play.
Three happy students looking at a tortoise on a wooden table.
Wild Explorers
Melbourne Zoo | Foundation, Year 1, Year 2
Students will become Wild Explorers for the day, learning about what makes animals special and meeting many along the way.
View child looking at a map in Keeper Kids.
Inclusive Learning
Melbourne Zoo | Foundation, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, VCE
Melbourne Zoo’s flexible Inclusive Learning program offers a unique experience for students to engage with animals and take on personal challenges to discover more about our world.
Wild Explorers (Foundation - Year 2)
Melbourne Zoo | Foundation, Year 1, Year 2
Students will learn how to care for and respect animals and the natural world.
A young male student in a maroon uniform holding some sticks.
Wild Lab
Melbourne Zoo | Year 1, Year 2
Join us in our Wild Lab and become a scientist for the day using the power of STEM-based inquiry.
Group of four students scaning items at the Zoopermarket while on excursion. Sign on the left saying "I want the choice" which is in relation to palm oil labeling.
Ethics and Conservation (Self-Guided)
Melbourne Zoo | Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10
Is it fair that animals are treated differently from people?
Three students examine an animal skull at Melbourne Zoo. Animal skull has mouth open and students are looking at and feeling the sharp teeth.
Local Legends
Melbourne Zoo | Year 3, Year 4
In this new version of the Local Legends program, students will discover animals that are Local Legends and learn how they can become a hero in the lives of these unique creatures.
A female zoo worker crouching and holding a torch while another woman looks out of a tent door flap.
Zoo Snooze Overnight Camp
Melbourne Zoo | Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10
Sleep overnight at Melbourne Zoo!
Animal Adaptations and Features
Melbourne Zoo | Year 3, Year 4
Does this skull have sharp teeth for tearing apart its prey or large flat teeth for crunching and grinding on grass and leaves? The adaptation of living things comes alive when you witness a snow leopard’s skull and other artefacts…
Three primary students are delighted to see a Tortoise in Growing Wild Melbourne Zoo. (Tortoise not pictured)
STEM for Sustainability | Terms 3 and 4 2020
Melbourne Zoo | Year 3, Year 4
Students will grow their STEM skills and knowledge by designing sustainable solutions for the Zoo.

Program Description

These free Virual Excursion programs are mapped to the Victorian Curriculum and can be used as part of a longer learning unit or a week’s classes. Zoos Victoria is offering these free virtual excursions during the time of remote learning. 

You will use a teaching framework called ‘Connect – Understand – Act’:

  • Connect – powerful experiences that transform the way a student thinks and feels about their world
  • Understand – the cycle of repeated practice that transforms new skills and knowledge from working memory into long-term memory
  • Act – applying what has been learnt in real-world contexts, which leads to mastery

Your students will also participate in a free 30-minute webinar run by a Zoo teacher. In this workshop, they will gain new knowledge and have the opportunity to ask lots of questions. Multiple webinars will be offered during the week so you can choose one that fits your timetable.

Term 2 Virtual Excursions:

Level

Virtual Excursion Program

Hosted By

Foundation, Year 1-2

Wild Explorers

Melbourne Zoo

Year 3-4

Aussie Animal Adventurers

Healesville Sanctuary

Year 5-6

Call of the Wild

Melbourne Zoo

Year 7-8

Geography, Gorillas and Us

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Year 7-8

Animals Adaptations and Classifications

Melbourne Zoo

Year 9-10

Geography, Gorillas and Us

Werribee Open Range Zoo

VCE

Sustaining Life in an Ecosystem

Melbourne Zoo