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Ethics and Conservation – Self-guided Trail

Ethics and Conservation – Self-guided Trail

Year level 
Year 9 & Year 10
$18 per student
Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Book your excursion by calling (03) 9340 2788.

A confirmation will be emailed following your booking.

Learning Outcomes

Victorian Curriculum: Ethical Capabilities, Levels 3- 10. Covering Ethical Concepts and Decision Making and Actions

This program has been designed specifically for the Ethical Capabilities in the Victorian Curriculum. This Trail was developed in partnership with the Teacher Association, VAPS (Victorian Philosophy in Schools).

Victorian Curriculum: Science

Melbourne Zoo in partnership with the teacher association for Philosophy in Schools (VAPS) has designed a self-guided trail to explore the ethical considerations in conservation. Teachers and students will be guided to explore and discuss the ethical principle do not harm to others through three case studies that support learners from Year 3-10.

  • Ethics and Conservation is a self-guided Education for Conservation program where visiting teachers support their own students through a specially designed Ethics Trail developed in partnership with the Teacher Association VAPS (Victorian Association of Philosophy in School). The trail has been designed to explore the ethical principle “Do no harm to others”. The trail and discussion prompts link to and support learning outcomes for Ethical Capabilities in the Victoria Curriculum from Levels 3 to 10.
  • Three case studies are explored through the prompt ‘Is it fair that animals are treated differently from people?’ The trails encourage students to observe and discuss conservation campaigns and programs for Fur Seals, Sumatran Orang-utan and the Southern Corroboree Frog.
  • Students are encouraged to attend the Seal Presentation, Orang-utan Talk and the Corroboree Frog encounter where they will be able to ask staff questions.
  • Visiting teachers Teachers guide their own students’ observations, discussions and learning during their visit to Melbourne Zoo. The Ethics Trail Teacher Booklet is an essential resources for visiting teachers, the pdf can be found as attachment below

What to bring

The Ethics and Conservation self-guided trail is an all-weather program. Students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions.

Student ratio

1 adult for every 10 students

Plan your visit

This program is delivered by the visiting teacher(s) guiding their own students’ learning using the Ethics Trail Teacher Booklet to support the learning.

You can find additional resources and support at Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools. 

The day's activities

Teacher led case studies
Approx. 1 hour each
Human Impact