School programs

A new perspective on learning is coming...

From 2015 we’re enhancing the educational opportunities our zoos provide all Victorian schools, helping students and their teachers explore the zoo like they never have before, getting the chance to develop connections with the world’s wildlife and to feel inspired to care and protect them.

The revitalised journey combines the incredible setting of our zoos with inquiry-based learning elements and access to some of the world’s leading industry experts, giving students across all levels the opportunity to take away strengthened curriculum outcomes for VEYLDF, AusVELS and VCE Study Designs.

The exciting new learning experience will also provide the opportunity to create a zoo-based education community of Victorian schools, students and teachers beginning before students visit our zoos and continuing long after they have left.

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Baby Elephants

Reproduction

Melbourne Zoo
Zoo educator led
VCE

Animals use a wide range of different strategies to successfully reproduce – some straightforward, others quite unusual.

Eastern Barred Bandicoots

Reproduction: Feed 'em, Breed 'em and Release 'em

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Zoo educator led
VCE Biology

Breeding endangered animals in captivity is harder than it looks! Investigate the reproductive strategies of these species and how Zoos Victoria is fighting their extinction. 

Baby platypuses

Reproduction: Strategies for Success

Healesville Sanctuary
Zoo educator led
VCE Biology

Investigate the unique reproductive processes of Australian animals and how Healesville Sanctuary is breeding endangered species in captivity.

Rhinoceros

Self-guided challenge

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Self-guided
Year 5 – Year 10

Take the Fighting extinction challenge: collaborate and take action.

Tiger and students

Self-guided challenge - fighting extinction

Melbourne Zoo
Self-guided
Year 5 – Year 10

Take the Fighting extinction challenge: collaborate and take action.

Tawny frogmouth

Suggested itineraries for Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary
Self-guided
All ages

The following are some suggested itineraries that enable you to make the most of your school excursion to Healesville Sanctuary based on your booked Discovery Session time.

Endangered Challenge at Gorillas

The endangered challenge

Melbourne Zoo
Zoo educator led
Year 5 – Year 8

The endangered challenge is an eye opening session that addresses how our everyday choices affect species around the world.

Tree Frog

The natural balance (formerly Habitat heroes)

Melbourne Zoo
Zoo educator led
Year 4 - Year 7

Nature is an amazing balancing act! In all ecosystems, living things form relationships of needs and depend on each other to survive. 

Tiger

Tiger Tales VCE Genetics Conference

Melbourne Zoo
Student Conference
VCE

How can an understanding of genetics be used to fight the extinction of the endangered Tiger subspecies? Tiger Tales challenges students to apply their  VCE biology understandings to current and authentic conservation genetic issues.

Wash for wildlife platypus

Waterways for Wildlife

Healesville Sanctuary
Zoo educator led
Year 5 – Year 10

Come and learn about our precious waterways, the animals that depend on them, and what you can do to help.