Year levels

Foundation, Year 1, Year 2




Student webinars for this program run every week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from October 6th 2020. Times are detailed below.


Animal Features, Ecosystems / Habitats, Families, Life cycles

Students will become ‘Wild Explorers’ by learning how to care for and respect animals and the natural world.

Program description

Zoos Victoria is offering free Virtual Excursions programs. Each excursion comes with a teaching guide, activities and a student webinar. While not a tour of the zoo, you will have an expert educator working remotely to talk directly to you.

Year F-2 students will become ‘Wild Explorers’ by discovering the natural world around them. They will uncover animals' features, habitats, life cycles and what they need to survive. Students will exercise their sense of wonder as they uncover clues as to what makes animals special.

Students will learn:

  • How to identify living and non-living things
  • How living things grow and change
  • The unique features and needs of various animal species
  • How to respect and care for animals

Student webinar

Wild Explorers includes a free 30-minute student webinar. A Zoo teacher will run a workshop for your students and answer their questions. Students won’t be on camera and will type their questions and ideas.

Webinars run every week from Tuesday 6th October 2020:

  • Australian Animals – Mondays 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEDT
  • Life Cycles – Tuesdays 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEDT
  • Life Cycles – Wednesdays 12:00pm - 12:30pm AEDT
  • African Animals – Wednesdays 2:45pm - 3:15pm AEDT
  • African Animals – Fridays 1:45pm - 2:15pm AEDT

Program resources

In addition to the student webinar, this Virtual Excursion includes the following teaching resources:

Teaching guide – instructions for activities to do before and after your webinar.

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Narrated PowerPoint – interactive student activities lead by Zoo Teachers. Download for hours’ worth of activities to use independently or as a class.

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Student worksheet – instructions for students to do a nature scavenger hunt.

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Wild Explorers Guide – a PDF storybook.

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Virtual Excursions FAQ – frequently asked questions about our Virtual Excursions.

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Learning outcomes

Victorian Curriculum Year F-2:

  • Science – Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met
  • Science – Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves
  • Science – Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions