Faculty Advisor

Bunting, Andrea

Faculty Advisor

Golding, Dominic

Project Center

Melbourne, Australia


To assist Zoos Victoria in their goal of creating a new educational program that promotes learning throughout the day, we evaluated the three educational programs currently offered to school groups at the Melbourne Zoo. Through observations, interviews, and surveys we evaluated how well the three models engaged students and encouraged student connections with nature. We determined that the New Model proposed by the zoo effectively engages students, but the older Educator-led Model also engages students and is preferred by teachers and zoo educators. This reticence may reflect in part a lack of familiarity with the New Model and we suggest several recommendations to improve each of these programs in the future.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs