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Add an extra layer of learning to your school excursion with a 45 minute workshop involving animal encounters. These hands-on curriculum-based classes cover a range of key learning areas, including Science, Geography and History.

Taronga Zoo Sydney offers over 15 education workshops which are developed and delivered by experts including qualified teachers, keepers, scientists and veterinary staff. Taronga’s workshops are available for Stages ES1 – 6 and are aligned with the NSW NESA Syllabuses.

Stage 1 Science & Technology: Backyard Buddies

Stage 1 Science & Technology: Backyard Buddies

Which living things in your backyard could do with a helping hand? Visit the Zoo and discover how to create habitats for wildlife and learn how different places provide the needs of animals. Put it all into practice back at school and get busy creating homes that meet the needs of your Backyard Buddy friends. Be prepared to get your hands dirty!

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Stage 1 Science and Technology: Bug Garden

Stage 1 Science and Technology: Bug Garden

Bugs alive! Identify the invertebrates in a garden at your school and discover if they are a pest or a friend. Explore Taronga’s gardens to examine wild invertebrates and meet some of their predators. Let us help you design a way to improve the bug balance in your garden.

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Stage 2 Science & Technology and Geography: Forests For The Future

Stage 2 Science & Technology and Geography: Forests For The Future

Forests are essential for our survival. They are teeming with living things and provide homes for an abundance of plants and animals. This workshop allows students to meet forest dwelling animals and explore the interconnections between them and the environment. Discover how the simplest of actions can help the survival of these animals and inspire others into action through the creation of digital campaigns.

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Stage 2 Geography: The Earth’s Environment – Comparing Australia and Indonesia

Stage 2 Geography: The Earth’s Environment – Comparing Australia and Indonesia

Examine the climate, vegetation and native animals of places in Australia and Sumatra. Learn about the importance of habitats for animals and people and hear about the ways people value environments, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Find out how people can use places and environments more sustainably. The concepts discussed in this workshop can be reinforced when visiting the NEW Tiger Trek experience.

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Stage 3 Science & Technology: Surviving in a Changing World

Stage 3 Science & Technology: Surviving in a Changing World

Adaptations are remarkable features that have evolved in animals over millions of years to help them survive in their environment. But what happens when that environment changes too rapidly? Observe a range of animal adaptations and use Taronga Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital as a case study to consider how animal adaptations are challenged by today’s changing environments. How can marine species tell the difference between a plastic bag and a jellyfish? And what can we do to combat negative human impacts on the environment?

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Stage 3 – Stage 5 STEM: Enclosure Design

Stage 3 – Stage 5 STEM: Enclosure Design

Modern zoos are conservation, education and research facilities and support conservation both onsite and in the wild. Develop a design brief for a new animal exhibit by undertaking research of animals in Taronga’s care. Consider animal welfare and enrichment, visitor engagement and interpretation, keeper safety and functionality, as well as budget and ethical and sustainable design principles.

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Stage 4 Science: Classification and Adaptations

Stage 4 Science: Classification and Adaptations

Investigate why classification is so important and how scientists group living things. Relate the structure and function of different animal groups to their classification, survival and reproduction. Discover some amazing adaptations that give our native wildlife the edge for survival.

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Stage 5 Science: Exploring Ecosystems

Stage 5 Science: Exploring Ecosystems

Ecosystems are complex, incredibly diverse and come in all different sizes. This workshop explores how energy flows through food chains and food webs as well as considering the importance of keystone species. Students have the opportunity to meet a range of Australian animals and investigate the roles they have within ecosystems. The workshop investigates the threats and challenges to ecosystems and the role we can play in protecting them.

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Stage 5 Geography: Environmental Change and Management

Stage 5 Geography: Environmental Change and Management

Develop an understanding of the causes and consequences of human-induced environmental change in Australia and Sumatra that is challenging sustainability. Explore worldviews influencing approaches to environmental use and management. Evaluate the management responses to deforestation in both countries, propose ways individuals can contribute to environmental sustainability and recognise that there are differing views on how sustainability can be achieved. The concepts discussed in this workshop can be reinforced when visiting the Tiger Trek experience.

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Stage 6 Biology: Biological Diversity (Year 11)

Stage 6 Biology: Biological Diversity (Year 11)

Biodiversity is important to balance the Earth’s ecosystems. Learn about the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, evidence for evolution and the effect of various selective pressures, focusing on species observed by Charles Darwin. Investigate types of adaptations and the relationships between organisms in terms of specialisation, using Australian species as examples.

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Stage 6 Biology: Maintaining a Balance (Year 12)

Stage 6 Biology: Maintaining a Balance (Year 12)

Multicellular organisms have specialised organ systems that are adapted for the uptake and transport of essential nutrients from the environment, the utilisation or production of energy and the removal of waste products arising from cellular activities. Using a range of Australian animals as case studies, investigate the diverse ways in which animals regulate their temperature, maintain water balance and excrete nitrogenous waste.

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Stage 6 Business Studies: It's Zoo Business

Stage 6 Business Studies: It's Zoo Business

As a unique organisation, Taronga plays an important role in global wildlife conservation programs and requires a strong business model to achieve set objectives. The focus of this workshop is the main elements involved in the development and implementation of Taronga’s successful marketing strategies. Use Taronga as a case study and discover the strategies employed to ensure our goals are met through marketing, operations and financial efficiency. This workshop can be adapted for the Preliminary or HSC syllabus.

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