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

Oral history is central to Aboriginal culture and Dreaming Stories are an integral part of Aboriginal life. These stories are used to pass on knowledge and skills to children and adults alike. During the workshop, students will listen to Dreaming Stories about various animals and learn more about the importance of these stories. They will learn about the ways in which Aboriginal People have lived on the land, using native flora and fauna to hunt and gather, making tools and shelter.

Early Stage 1 - Stage 6: Animal EncounterEarly Stage 1 - Stage 6: Animal Encounter
Early Stage 1 - Stage 6: Animal Encounter
Early Stage 1 - Stage 6: Animal Encounter

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 - Stage 6: Animal EncounterEarly Stage 1 - Stage 6: Animal Encounter
Early Stage 1 - Stage 6: Animal Encounter
Early Stage 1 - Stage 6: Animal Encounter

During this workshop, students have the opportunity to get up close to a range of native Australian animals and learn about their needs for survival. Students will discover some of their amazing structural and behaviour features and how these adaptations help them to survive throughout their life.

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

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 understand how the features of living things impacts their needs and why it is important that people take care of them.

Early Stage 1: Bird PatrolEarly Stage 1: Bird Patrol
Early Stage 1: Bird Patrol
Early Stage 1: Bird Patrol

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 they help animals meet all sorts of different needs.

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

A working farm combines technology and the environment to meet our everyday needs. Students will discover ways that animals and plants are grown for food and fibre production including traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, urban and commercial practices. This workshop also explores 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

Which living things in our backyards could use a helping hand? In this workshop students will meet a variety of native Australian animals. Many of them can be found in people’s backyards, local parks and reserves and even in your schoolyard. Students will conduct investigations to identify common invertebrates found in gardens and discover and create habitats other native animals.

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 ConnectionsStage 2 - 3: Cammeraigal Connections
Stage 2 - 3: Cammeraigal Connections
Stage 2 - 3: Cammeraigal Connections

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: Life CyclesStage 2: Life Cycles
Stage 2: Life Cycles
Stage 2: Life Cycles

Students will learn how the features and needs of animals change and develop as they move from stage to stage. They will meet animals with unique lifecycles and investigate how they can help overcome the challenges these species face as they develop and grow.