Stage 1: Backyard Buddies

Stage 1: Backyard Buddies

Which living things in our backyards could use a helping hand? 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. 

What's involved

This workshop will be delivered in the Backyard to Bush House at Taronga Zoo Sydney and is also available at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. See below for further information.

At school

Indigenous Australia is made up of many different nations. Learn about your local Aboriginal community and life in the past. Discuss Aboriginal words from the local area and how some of our animals and suburbs and their Aboriginal meanings. Read Dreaming stores about animals you may see at the Zoo.

At the Zoo

Taronga Zoo SydneyTaronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo
During this workshop you 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. You will explore the bush area to discover habitats for native animals and ways people can help native animals meet their needs for survival.Your class will see plenty of Zoo animals at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo, but you might be surprised how many wild, native animals also call the Zoo home. See if you can spot a cockatoo, a bird next, a pacific black duck or a noisy minor as you explore the natural areas of the Zoo and discover habitats for native animals, both built and natural.


Stage 1

  • ST1-4WS investigates questions and predictions by collecting and recording data, sharing and reflecting on their experiences and comparing what they and others know
  • ST1-10LW describes external features, changes in and growth of living things
  • ST1-11W describes ways that different places in the environment provide for the needs of living thing