Education Learning Spaces

Education Learning Spaces

One-of-a-kind learning experiences.

Taronga’s aim is to inspire and educate the next generation of conservation scientists. At Taronga Zoo Sydney, our educational experiences are delivered in a range of locations that provide students with a unique experience and authentic, interactive learning opportunities.

Our learning spaces are located throughout Zoo grounds and at the Taronga Institute of Science & Learning.

Students learning in the Woodlands Habitat Classroom

Habitat Classrooms

These spaces combine cutting edge technology and animal exhibits, giving students a unique opportunity to interact with wildlife. The classrooms are themed around three iconic habitats – a desert, rainforest and woodland environment. In each room, the animals move freely around the space and are conditioned to display natural behaviours.

The living classrooms provide a transformative experience by translocating students to the animals natural habitat, aiming to inspire students to participate in science and become conservation champions for the future. These authentic learning experiences align with curriculum priority areas, reinforce conservation messaging and have an underlying focus on connecting students with wildlife and the environment.

Students observing an Echidna in the Desert Classroom
Students observing an Echidna in the Desert Classroom

Desert Classroom

With its shocking red sand and busy flock of birds, the Desert classroom allows students to be transported to a location that epitomizes Australia.

With sand beneath their feet, students enjoy the incredible sounds of the circling finches while lizards enjoy the shade provided by the trees.

Termite mounds enhance the feeling of being in an arid landscape and are used as burrows for mammals. 

Students observing an Echidna in the Desert Classroom
Students observing a Cotton-top Tamarin in the Rainforest Classroom
Students observing a Cotton-top Tamarin in the Rainforest Classroom

Rainforest Classroom

The only room displaying exotic species, the Rainforest classroom is a sensory overload. The dense foliage achieved through the wall art and natural and artificial trees creates mystery and ensures that animals are not seen upon first entry.

The seamless glass balustrade ensures that the students get an uninterrupted view of the ground dwelling birds and reptiles. Overhead vines enhance the feeling of being in a tropical rainforest and provide pathways for the primates to move within the exhibit and out above the student’s space. 

Students observing a Cotton-top Tamarin in the Rainforest Classroom
Students observing a Quokka in the Woodlands Classroom
Students observing a Quokka in the Woodlands Classroom

Woodlands Classroom

Themed around a native dry Sclerophyll forest, the Woodland classroom creates a feeling of height with its floor to ceiling trees found in both the wall image and mix of natural and artificial trees in the exhibit space. As the natural light dapples through the trees, it highlights the leaf litter and animals below.

Students are introduced to animals including birds, ground lizards and small macropods. Fallen trees and hollows create habitat for the species as well as opportunity for animal releases. Natural leaf litter on the ground marries the exhibit with the student’s dwelling space.

Students observing a Quokka in the Woodlands Classroom
A workshop being held in the Taronga Institute Lecture Theatre

Lecture Theatre

Experience learning on a large scale in our state-of-the-art lecture theatre.

Your students will connect with Taronga experts as they take the stage to share their passion, knowledge and experience in this dynamic learning space.

Students studying in one of the Seminar Rooms
Students studying in one of the Seminar Rooms

Seminar Rooms

Bright, sleek and engaging, our seminar rooms are the ideal setting for up to 30 senior students, while Taronga’s research scientists work in glass-walled laboratories nearby.

With flexible room arrangements and high-end multimedia facilities, these collaborative spaces allow learners to connect with current sustainability and conservation initiatives.

Students studying in one of the Seminar Rooms
The Wild Asia Classroom
The Wild Asia Classroom

Wild Asia Classroom

Immerse your students in the sights, sounds and smells of Wild Asia in our South-East Asian Village School.

Nestled within the leafy rainforest next to the Asian Elephants exhibit, this purpose-built learning space provides a unique learning experience for a single class of up to 30 students.

The Wild Asia Classroom
Backyard to Bush Amphitheatre

Backyard to Bush Amphitheatre

This outdoor Amphitheatre is at the heart of an immersive Australian bush environment.

This rustic natural setting, with its glittering blue Sydney harbour backdrop, allows large groups to embrace the wild and connect with nature during class-time.

Backyard to Bush House
Backyard to Bush House

Backyard to Bush House

The Backyard to Bush House is full of everyday living things. We share our homes with many animals; from pets including rabbits and guinea pigs to cockroaches and spiders that hide away in our kitchens. There is even a python that lives in the outdoor loo!

The B2B House provides an amazing opportunity for your students to discover how people and animals can all live sustainably together.

Backyard to Bush House
Backyard to Bush Farm
Backyard to Bush Farm

Backyard to Bush Farm

Down on the farm, students can have close encounters with a range of farm animals and learn how people rely on animals for food and other products.

Your students will get down and dirty with hands-on activities and discover how important domestic animals are to our busy lives. They will explore both traditional and new ways of farming in Australia — such as native bee farming.

Backyard to Bush Farm