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Taronga's Education programs are discovery with a difference! We offer schools and teachers fun and interactive learning opportunities that enable students of all ages to:

  • Engage with wildlife
  • Develop a deeper knowledge of conservation and the natural world
  • Become a wildlife ambassador

Lessons and Themed Workshops are conducted by qualified educators, our unique hands-on workshops are curriculum-based and are tailored to meet the needs of your students and ensure your school gets the most out of their visit to Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo offers Schools a variety of options when visiting:

Plan your Excursion

Taronga Education can provide advice on making the most of your excursion. Please also see our Excursion Tips.

Opening Hours
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is open every day of the year from 9am to 4pm.

Costs and Bookings
All school excursions must be pre-booked. Please click Booking and Costs for more information.

Recommended Ratios
One supervising adult per five students for Year 2 and below.
One supervising adult per ten students for Year 3 and above.

Risk Assessment Form for Teachers
The Risk Assessment Form was developed in consultation with the NSW Department of Education and Training. Please be aware that Taronga Zoo and Taronga Western Plains Zoo cannot make the assessment for you. You must make your own assessment based on the information provided. To assist, we have included a Safety and Venue Information table that answers all of the questions asked by the Department of Education and Training. Download the risk assessment form at the end of this page.


Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Living Classrooms brings learning to life by immersing students in nature and letting them to interact with a variety of animals.

Daily Keeper Presentations

Daily Keeper Presentations
Don't miss out on our exciting keeper presentations. Held daily, these presentations are a great way to see the animals at feeding time and learn about the different species at the Zoo.