Silhouette of two students facing a seal swimming past the viewing glass at the seal pool Melbourne Zoo.

Wildlife, Water and Waste – Learning about Sustainability


Friday 18 October 2019


9am - 4pm


FREE for Zoos Victoria members ($72 to join as a teacher member) and CECV teachers

What to bring

Please be prepared for all weather elements and wear sensible shoes

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Call 1300 966 784

Teacher professional development

Our waterways and oceans are vital ecosystems influencing all life on Earth. There are over a million different species connected through ecosystems, which they depend on for their survival.

This program will investigate the ways in which we can connect and engage our students with these essential ecosystems, take action to monitor and contribute to data through citizen science projects and to reflect and act on the land-based decisions we make which have an impact on aquatic species.

Gather ideas to improve your teaching and discover the ground breaking approaches the Zoo and schools are taking to support sustainable patterns of living. Explore real-life community conservation campaigns that you can take back to the classroom and access practical resources you can use right away.

This all-day professional development program is free for all Zoos Victoria members to support primary and secondary school teachers in delivering engaging aquatic conservation and sustainability themes within the Victorian Curriculum.

On the day you will:

  • Learn how students can become involved in Zoos Victoria's action-based citizen science conservation program such the “Marine Debris Monitoring Project”, including how involvement promotes personal and social development and student leadership
  • Hear from experts in the field, including conservation educators, scientists and Zoo Keepers
  • Gather practical resources to use in the classroom
  • Build an understanding of ways to embed marine and freshwater conservation and sustainability themes within the Victorian Curriculum
  • Participate in workshops, discussion and presentations
  • Network and work collaboratively with like-minded peers

This professional development supports links to Victorian Curriculum F-10 and is mapped to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following:

  • Standard 2.1 – Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
  • Standard 3.3 – Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking
  • Standard 4.1 – Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities

You will receive a certificate for professional development hours. 

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.