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National Science Week is an annual celebration of science in Australia and an opportunity to join together to enjoy and explore the wonders and benefits of Science.

This year, Taronga Zoo and the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust are combining to offer workshops that explore the incredible strategies plants and animals use to adapt to their surroundings.

Living in the rainforest is as demanding as the driest of deserts but for very different reasons. Animals and plants are successful in both types of environment but just how do they contend with all that nature throws at them?

Expert biologists, including staff from Taronga Zoo and the Gardens will deliver specialised workshops and video conference sessions that excite and inspire students to understand and care for animals and plants.  School groups will visit either Taronga Zoo or the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, attending 2 x one hour workshops with a lunch break between sessions.

Video conference sessions also available.

Stage/Age Targeted

Stage 3 - There is only room for 4 groups - so get in quick!

Curriculum links

  • Science LT S3.3, interactions between living things and effects on the environment
  • Geography ENS 3.5, connectedness of between environments and how individuals can act in a ecologically responsible manner.

Dates and schedule

Theme: “Rainforest Relationships”

Sessions available on Tuesday 19th August

10.30am, Lunch, 12.30pm

Location: Taronga Zoo

Theme: “Cactus Connections in the Succulent Garden”

Wednesday August 20th - please contact Royal Botanical Gardens Education Staff for times and bookings.

Mary Bell

Community Education Officer

Tel +61 2 9231 8127 | Fax +61 2 9231 8388

Location: Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Video Conference session only  (45 mins)

Royal Botanic Gardens and Taronga Zoo staff will present the video conference from the Taronga Zoo video conference studio.

Students will be encouraged to interact with the presenters as they explore the adaptations of live animals and plants from a range of environments. Through this interactive discussion, students will explore and be challenged to protect our valuable flora and fauna.

Friday 22nd August @ 10.00am, 12.00pm

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


$120 per session. Recommended class size 30