Full Day Programs

Full Day Programs

Inspire your students to become champions for change!

Each school term our Education team holds special events and full day programs designed to increase student engagement with nature and sustainability.

Important notice

After careful deliberation and with consideration to the current situation regarding COVID-19, we have had to come to the decision to postpone all face-to-face school education programs. 

We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment this may cause. However the safety and well-being of our guests, staff, and animals is always our highest priority. Please be assured Taronga is continuing to closely monitor the situation and we will keep you informed as to when normal bookings will resume again. 

In the meantime, we can connect with you and your students through our engaging digital programs. Read more about what you can book to stay connected and feel supported by Taronga’s Education team.

Sooty Owl with Keeper Karen
Sooty Owl with Keeper Karen

Sydney - Meet a Keeper

Stage 5 - Stage 6

The Meet a Keeper program is a day-long experience for school students who are fascinated by the work of our team does and want to get a better idea of what it’s like to work at our Zoos or in captive animal care in general.

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Sooty Owl with Keeper Karen
Keepers with Galapagos Tortoise hatchlings
Keepers with Galapagos Tortoise hatchlings

Dubbo - Meet a Keeper

Stage 5 - Stage 6

Meet a Keeper is for school students aged 14 years and over who have expressed a keen interest in pursuing a career at the Zoo or in the captive animal care industry.

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Keepers with Galapagos Tortoise hatchlings
Southern Corroboree Frog
Southern Corroboree Frog

Schools for the Wild

10 week unit, Stage 3

This 10 week unit uses a project based learning approach which enables students to explore the real world challenge of conserving endangered species. Students will be empowered to take action within their communities, which significantly contributes to the conservation of Taronga Zoo’s legacy species from Australia and Sumatra.

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Southern Corroboree Frog
Sea Turtle
Sea Turtle

Oceans of Waste

Geography focus day, Stage 2 and Stage 5

This curriculum focus day explores the marine environment and the impact of pollution. The day’s inquiries will stimulate your students’ geographical knowledge of Sydney Harbour and ignite their passion for exploring sustainable solutions to real world problems.

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Sea Turtle
Southern Corroboree Frog
Southern Corroboree Frog

Sydney - Wildlife at Risk

Depth study, Stage 6 (Year 11)

On this Depth Study day, students will engage with Taronga’s scientists and experts to deepen their understanding of risks threatening wildlife populations and conservation efforts that are trying to protect them. 

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Southern Corroboree Frog
Plains Wanderer. Photo: Mark O'Riordan
Plains Wanderer. Photo: Mark O'Riordan

Dubbo - Wildlife at Risk

Depth study, Stage 6 (Year 11)

During this depth study students will have the opportunity to directly engage with scientists and experts working in the field of Conservation Biology. They will develop an understanding of the role that these expert’s scientific skills, research and fieldwork play in protecting some of Australia’s most vulnerable animals and ecosystems.

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Plains Wanderer. Photo: Mark O'Riordan
Sun Bear
Sun Bear

Observing Animal Behaviour

Depth study, Stage 6 (Year 11)

This depth study introduces students to the necessity of observation to drive scientific investigation. With over 4000 animals in our care, Taronga Zoo Sydney is the perfect environment for students to plan, observe and record animal behaviour.

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Sun Bear
Shingleback Skink. Photo: Gary Ramage
Shingleback Skink. Photo: Gary Ramage

Sydney - Biological Diversity

Study day, Stage 6

This program has been developed by the Australian Museum, the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust and Taronga Zoo. Students will examine fossils, specimens, live animals and plants to understand biological diversity by explaining the relationships between a range of organisms in terms of specialisation for selected habitats and evolution of species. 

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Shingleback Skink. Photo: Gary Ramage
Bearded Dragon.
Bearded Dragon.

Dubbo - Biological Diversity

Study day, Year 11 Biology

This program has been developed by the Australian Museum, the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust and Taronga Zoo. Students will examine fossils, specimens, live animals and plants to understand biological diversity by explaining the relationships between a range of organisms in terms of specialisation for selected habitats and evolution of species. 

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Bearded Dragon.
Giraffe at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Giraffe at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Tourism: An Economic Activity

Stage 6 (Year 12)

This program is a partnership between Observatory Hill EEC and Taronga Zoo Sydney Education Centre and focuses on the Stage 6 Geography topic ‘People and Economic Activity‘.

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Giraffe at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Marine debris washed up on a beach. Photo: Lesley Small
Marine debris washed up on a beach. Photo: Lesley Small

AUSMAP

Depth Study, Stage 6

This full day program takes students through the Citizen Science Australian Microplastic Assessment Project. AUSMAP is coalition of school students, environment groups, universities and educators gathering critical new data about microplastic in our waterways.

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Marine debris washed up on a beach. Photo: Lesley Small
Southern Corroboree Frog
Southern Corroboree Frog

Dating with DNA

Self-guided, Stage 6

Visit Taronga Zoo Sydney and witness the results of our successful breeding programs, whilst exploring the Zoo's current science communication initiatives to gain ideas for your students' own design project.

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Southern Corroboree Frog
Education at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo
Education at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo

Dubbo - Careers Day

Stage 6

When people initially think about careers in the Zoo, Zoo Keepers come to mind, but Taronga also offers employment in a variety of areas. Careers Day will allow students to find out all they want to know about potential career opportunities at Taronga Western Plains Zoo and will have the opportunity to hear from industry experts.

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Education at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo