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Students can now visit the Zoo without leaving their classroom through the use of a range of interactive video conferences.

Schools can choose from special events such as literacy and biodiversity and can now even book a complimentary pre-Zoo visit video conference. This is the perfect introduction prior to coming to Taronga for teachers and students. 

Find out more about the sessions we offer, how to book and our professional development services below.

Available Video Conferences

Have a devilish time over video conference! Primary Student Video Conference Series with Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo

Workshop Topic

In celebration of Biodiversity Month, Taronga Western Plains Zoo in partnership with the Department of Education and Communities Dart Connections Team, will be conducting a Video Conference Series with a focus on Australian animals. We will discuss their amazing adaptations, lifecycles, role in the environment, habitats, their current threats and information on what your students can do to take action For the Wild! The series will provide a unique opportunity for us to focus on the critically endangered Tasmanian Devil and learn about its biology and ecology and the disease that is currently contributing to its decline. The second video conference will occur Behind the Scenes at the Tasmanian Devil breeding facility. The presentation will occur from one of our key Tasmanian Devil keepers and will include access to very special footage of these fascinating animals!

 Stage/Age Targeted

 ES1 – Stage 3

 Dates:   

 Part 1: August 18th 2015 & Part 2: September 2nd

 Cost and How to Book:

 Video Conference: Session - $120 per max group of 30.

 Click here to book through DART Connections.

For more information, see download below

 Devil’s Advocate! Secondary Student Video Conference Series with Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo

 Workshop Topic

 In celebration of Biodiversity Month, Taronga Western Plains Zoo in partnership with the Department of Education and Communities Dart Connections Team, will be conducting a Video Conference Series with a focus on Tasmanian Devils. The series will provide a unique opportunity for us to focus on the critically endangered Tasmanian Devil and learn about its biology and ecology and the disease that is currently contributing to its decline. The first video conference will occur Behind the Scenes at the Tasmanian Devil breeding facility. The presentation will occur from one of our key Tasmanian Devil keepers and will include access to very special footage of these fascinating animals! The second video conference will include an expert panel of research scientists, curators and members of the Save the Tasmanian Devil program who will discuss topics relating to species conservation, with a particular focus on Tasmanian Devils. This may include how scientists prioritise species to save, an examination of other countries where top order predators have been successful in re-release programs and the pros and cons of free ranging ‘exclosures’, as compared to intensive management in breeding programs. A great opportunity for students to engage in critical, ethical and higher order thinking!

 Stage/Age Targeted

 Stage 4 – Stage 6

 Dates:   

 Part 1: September 3rd              Part 2: September 7th

 Cost and How to Book:

 Video Conference: Session - $120 per max group of 30.

 Click here to book through DART Connections.

 For more information, see download below.

 Video Conference before your excursion to Taronga:

Book in for a free video conference designed to compliment your zoo excursion. Pre-visit video conferences provide the perfect opportunity to prepare for your day at the zoo. The session will introduce some key concepts, build excitement before your visit and help students and teachers prepare for your day at either Taronga or Taronga Western Plains Zoos.

Pre-visit excursions are available for the following sessions throughout the year:

  • K-2 workshop
  • ZoosnooZ sleepover

Senior Biology Topics 

Along with a variety of senior biology programs available when booking an excursion to Taronga Zoo, this year we are offering specialised videoconferences on: The Evolution of Australian Biota, Communication, The Human Story and Maintaining a Balance.

The following Senior Biology video conference sessions are available at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Maintaining a Balance 

Workshop Topic

Curriculum-related workshop on Year 12 Biology Topic – Maintaining a Balance.
Workshop case studies a variety of Australian animals’ responses to temperature and water regulation. 

Stage/Age Targeted

Year 12 Biology

Dates:   

Stay tuned for our 2015 events but please feel welcome to call us for your own VC.

Cost and How to Book:

Video Conference: Session - $60 per max group of 30.

Click here to book through DART Connections. Hint: Select Taronga Zoo Sydney in the 'filter excursions by provider' drop down menu.

The Human Story at Taronga

Curriculum–related workshops and video conference sessions on year 12 Biology option – The Human Story. 

Description

During this workshop, primate characteristics are described, including hand/foot structure and function, opposable thumb or toe, skull shape and function, brain size relative to body size, arrangement of the vertebral column to the degree of upright stance and degree of stereoscopic vision, parental care and other reproductive features. Using this information a discussion is held outlining the features that classify humans as primates.

Prosimians are also compared with anthropoids, as are new and old world monkeys and apes.

Students will also be challenged in justifying positive values and attitudes towards and the consequences of the applications of science.

Stage/age targeted

Year 12 Biology

Dates

Stay tuned for our 2015 events but please feel welcome to call us for your own VC.

Costs and How to Book

Video Conference: Session - $60 per max group of 30.

Click here to book through DART Connections. Hint: Select Taronga Zoo Sydney in the 'filter excursions by provider' drop down menu. 

Communication

Curriculum-related workshops and video conference sessions on year 12 Biology option – Communication

Description

Throughout this Biology elective module, students will learn about many of the ways humans and animals communicate. A particular focus is placed on visual and auditory communication and the structure and function of the organs involved in a range of species. Live animals are shown to students to demonstrate the organs used in communication, giving students the opportunity to experience this first-hand.  We will explore the ability of different animals to produce and detect sounds in various ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum and explain why it is useful to communicate in various ranges.

Stage/age targeted

Year 12 Biology

Dates

Stay tuned for our 2015 events but please feel welcome to call us for your own VC.

Costs and How to Book

Video Conference: Session - $60 per max group of 30.

Click here to book through DART Connections. Hint: Select Taronga Zoo Sydney in the 'filter excursions by provider' drop down menu. 

Evolution of Australian Biota 

Curriculum–related workshops and video conference sessions on year 11 Biology Topic – Evolution of Australian Biota.

Description

This preliminary Biology module is brought to life with Australian animals. During the presentation students will learn a brief history of the Australian continent, from its early position as part of the very large southern landmass, Gondwana, to its present global location. Further to this, students will learn about the following syllabus-related information:

The climatic changes that have occurred on the Australian continent in the last 50 million years. The effect these environment changes had on the evolution of Australian animals, with particular reference to the evolution of kangaroos.

Examples of Australian animals which show variation within species and under what conditions these variations occurred.

Mechanisms employed by a selection of Australian fauna to ensure fertilisation and survival of the embryo and young after birth.

Stage/age targeted

Year 11 Biology

Dates

Stay tuned for our 2015 events but please feel welcome to call us for your own VC.

 Costs and How to Book

Video Conference: Session - $60 per max group of 30.

Click here to book through DART Connections. Hint: Select Taronga Zoo Sydney in the 'filter excursions by provider' drop down menu. 

Special Events

Let the Zoo help you and your students engage with and celebrate Australia’s nationally-recognised events in literacy and biodiversity.

Special video conference events for 2014 include:

  • Biodiversity Month (Adaptations of Australian Threatened Species)

  • Childrens Author (Garry Fleming's 'Bollygum'), Book Week 

  • Children's Authors (Literature Live! Aleesah Darlison)
  • Schools Tree day

  • Clean Up Australia Day

  • World Environment Day (Endangered animals)

  • Senior Biology programs

  • Business Studies

  • Science Week (joint Zoo and Botanic Gardens sessions)

  • Reconciliation Week

  • NAIDOC Week 

  • Col Hardy's 'Animals of the Dreaming' 

Click here for more information on these and other Zoo based themed workshops.

How to book a Video Conference

Bookings are made through DART Connections for NSW state schools.

To easily find a session, click on upcoming excursions and select Taronga Zoo Education Centre as a filter and browse to find the session you’d like.

If you are from a non-NSW state school, please contact us directly on (02) 9978 4624 or (02) 99784578. To be able to access our sessions you must have video conferencing facilities.