Dubbo School Workshops

Dubbo School Workshops

Workshops Across Taronga Dubbo

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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

Stage 2: The Earth's EnvironmentStage 2: The Earth's Environment
Stage 2: The Earth's Environment
Stage 2: The Earth's Environment

In this workshop students will examine the climate, vegetation and native animals of Australia and Sumatra. They will learn about the importance of habitats for animals and people and discover the ways people value environments, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Stage 3 - 5: Enclosure DesignStage 3 - 5: Enclosure Design
Stage 3 - 5: Enclosure Design
Stage 3 - 5: Enclosure Design

In this fascinating workshop, students will develop a design brief for a new animal exhibit by undertaking research and observation of animals in Taronga’s care. They will learn about and consider animal welfare and enrichment, visitor engagement and interpretation, keeper safety and functionality.

Stage 3: Surviving in a Changing WorldStage 3: Surviving in a Changing World
Stage 3: Surviving in a Changing World
Stage 3: Surviving in a Changing World

Adaptations are the remarkable features that have evolved in animals over millions of years to help them survive in their environment, but what happens when that environment starts to change? At the Zoo students will observe a range of animal adaptations and discuss the challenges facing our wildlife today.

Stage 4 - 5: Connecting to CountryStage 4 - 5: Connecting to Country
Stage 4 - 5: Connecting to Country
Stage 4 - 5: Connecting to Country

Students will learn about the importance of the land’s role in kinship, spirituality and everday life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. This workshop draws on the location of Taronga Zoo Sydney’s culturally significant sites to explore Aboriginal history and identity while reinforcing a connection to Country.