School Workshops

School Workshops

Curriculum-linked learning.

Meet some of our amazing animals up close in a lesson led by a qualified Zoo Teacher, with all topics tied to curriculum points and syllabus outcomes. Workshops are offered at Taronga Zoo Sydney, Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo and via our Zoomobile program.

Current workshops

Early Stage 1 - Stage 1: Dreaming and Living on the LandEarly Stage 1 - Stage 1: Dreaming and Living on the Land
Early Stage 1 - Stage 1: Dreaming and Living on the Land
Early Stage 1 - Stage 1: Dreaming and Living on the Land

Dreaming stories are an integral part of Aboriginal culture and Indigenous Australians are the pioneers of sustainable land use. In this workshop your students will experience immersion in a natural environment and intimate native animal encounters.

Early Stage 1 - Stage 6: Animal EncountersEarly Stage 1 - Stage 6: Animal Encounters
Early Stage 1 - Stage 6: Animal Encounters
Early Stage 1 - Stage 6: Animal Encounters

In this animal encounter experience, students engage in an intimate session meeting some fascinating native Australian animals, learning about their roles in the environment and their unique features and adaptations that help them thrive in the wild.

Early Stage 1: Backyard to Bush TourEarly Stage 1: Backyard to Bush Tour
Early Stage 1: Backyard to Bush Tour
Early Stage 1: Backyard to Bush Tour

Your students will join a Zoo Educator and set off on an exciting adventure from the Aussie bush, through a working farm environment, and into an urban backyard. They will discover how each place is unique and each has a special purpose. Students will identify how these places meet the needs of living things and why it is important that people take care of them.

Early Stage 1: Wildlife Patrol - Living ThingsEarly Stage 1: Wildlife Patrol - Living Things
Early Stage 1: Wildlife Patrol - Living Things
Early Stage 1: Wildlife Patrol - Living Things

Students can observe birds as they interact with each other and their surroundings at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. They will have a chance to meet a wide range of native animals in the workshop, examine their features and identify how these help animals meet all of their different needs.

Schools for the Wild: 10 Week UnitSchools for the Wild: 10 Week Unit
Schools for the Wild: 10 Week Unit
Schools for the Wild: 10 Week Unit

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’s legacy species from Australia and Sumatra.  

Stage 1 - Stage 2: Food and Fibre on the FarmStage 1 - Stage 2: Food and Fibre on the Farm
Stage 1 - Stage 2: Food and Fibre on the Farm
Stage 1 - Stage 2: Food and Fibre on the Farm

Explore the ways that animals and plants that are grown for food and fibre production both in traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and in our world today. Students will investigate how the design features of our farm environment ensures a happy producer and a healthy meal, while discovering the many ways that animals help meet our fashion and functional needs.

Stage 1: Backyard BuddiesStage 1: Backyard Buddies
Stage 1: Backyard Buddies
Stage 1: Backyard Buddies

Your students will discover how to create habitats for wildlife and learn how different places provide the needs of living things. They can put this into practice back at school and get busy creating homes that meet the diverse needs of their Backyard Buddy friends.

Stage 1: Bug GardenStage 1: Bug Garden
Stage 1: Bug Garden
Stage 1: Bug Garden

In this workshop, your students will explore Taronga’s gardens to examine a rich variety of wild invertebrates and meet some of their predators. They will learn to identify different types of invertebrates and discover if they are a pest or a friend.

Stage 2 - 3: Cammeraigal Connections TourStage 2 - 3: Cammeraigal Connections Tour
Stage 2 - 3: Cammeraigal Connections Tour
Stage 2 - 3: Cammeraigal Connections Tour

This workshop is a unique, guided walking tour of the Taronga Zoo Sydney site.Students will engage with Dreaming stories and cultural learnings while highlighting the strong connections between Aboriginal people and the natural world.

Stage 2 - 3: Marradir, Garay, Birdany TourStage 2 - 3: Marradir, Garay, Birdany Tour
Stage 2 - 3: Marradir, Garay, Birdany Tour
Stage 2 - 3: Marradir, Garay, Birdany Tour

This workshop is a unique, guided walking tour of the Taronga Western Plains Zoo site. Students will engage with Dreaming stories and cultural learnings while highlighting the strong connections between Aboriginal people and the natural world.

Stage 2 - 3: Through the Eyes of a ScientistStage 2 - 3: Through the Eyes of a Scientist
Stage 2 - 3: Through the Eyes of a Scientist
Stage 2 - 3: Through the Eyes of a Scientist

Suitable for Stage 2 - Stage 3. Curiosity drives scientific discovery by bringing learners to knowledge. Students will become a scientist, exploring the scientific process through our amazing immersive classroom habitats.

Stage 2 and 5 Geography Focus Day: Oceans of WasteStage 2 and 5 Geography Focus Day: Oceans of Waste
Stage 2 and 5 Geography Focus Day: Oceans of Waste
Stage 2 and 5 Geography Focus Day: Oceans of Waste

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.