Ocean Experts: Years 9-12
Years 9 - 12 students
Maybe you’ve heard about the island of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean? You might feel like that’s a problem too big to tackle, but people around the world are doing their bit to save our seas – and now teens can too!
We’re inviting curious teens to join us for a deep dive into the issue of marine plastics to discover world-leading solutions, what we can do to generate awareness and to inspire real change in the world.
Together we’ll discover how to transform mountains of plastic into a valuable resource that can help to educate Zoo visitors about our impact on the planet.
- Meet like-minded teens in a unique and fun environment
- Work in a team to solve a real-world challenge
- Explore and experience what it's like to be a marine biologist and see if it’s possible to be a professional artist
- Make a difference acting for nature and wildlife
- Show adults that young people have what it takes change the planet for good
Please bring your own snacks, lunch and a drink bottle for the day. You can bring some money if you'd like to buy your lunch at one of the Zoo's cafes.
FAQ's and terms and conditions
Please note, all events require minimum bookings to go ahead. See the full terms and conditions
Gen Wild events are about meeting other teens and working with zoo experts to support wildlife and conservation. If you are interested in getting up-close to an animal, you can find out about zoo encounters here. Or if you are thinking about a career as a keeper, find out more about our Keeper for a Day program here.
WHO WILL BE RUNNING THE EVENT?
Our youth events are run by trained Zoo teachers (they’ve got some great stories to tell). There will be times where other zoo staff and industry experts from outside the Zoo are running a part of the day/all of the day. Our Zoo teachers will always be present during these times.
HOW MANY OTHER TEENS WILL BE AT THE EVENT?
Gen Wild is a tribe of teens. Each event is designed for up to 200 people, which means you get to meet heaps of other like-minded teens. Throughout the day you will be forming smaller groups for certain activities.
WILL WE GET A CHANCE TO EXPLORE THE ZOO?
We definitely want you to check out the amazing animals we have in our Zoo. There will be several opportunities throughout the day for you to explore.
WHERE CAN WE STORE BAGS/BACKPACKS/PERSONAL BELONGINGS DURING THE EVENT?
We recommend you keep personal belongings with you. The event space will be secure from the public so you can leave items in their as well.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE FOR US TO HAVE LUNCH?
There are several options at the Zoo for eating. The best spots for lunch are one of the cafes or kiosks, pavilions and lawn areas.
WHERE ARE THE TOILETS?
There are several toilets located around the Zoo. Refer to the map for more information.
WHERE CAN I BUY DRINKS OR FOOD?
There are various places you can purchase food and drinks around the Zoo. Refer to the map for more information.
WHAT IF THERE IS BAD WEATHER ON THE DAY?
Melbourne Zoo is an outdoor all-weather venue. In the event of rain, the event will still go ahead as most of the day will be spent indoors. In the event of extreme or dangerous weather conditions, participants will be notified of a cancellation.