Taronga Teachers' Association

Taronga Teachers' Association

The Taronga Teachers' Association is committed to supporting and assisting teachers to become more effective environmental educators. TTA offers quality professional development and learning opportunities to teachers that will positively impact on their teaching and learning.

The TTA runs exclusive workshops, behind the scenes tours, guest lectures and animal encounters as free-to-attend events throughout the year for its members, all with a view to inspire and empower teachers.

Membership benefits

Teachers can enjoy unlimited Zoo entry at Taronga Zoo Sydney, Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo with their annual TTA membership, as well as the following benefits:

  • Free admission for 12 months to Adelaide, Melbourne, and Perth Zoos
  • NEW! 20% off bookings at the brand new Wildlife Retreat at Taronga for all overnight stays before Saturday 29 February 2020*
    - Redeem this exclusive offer by calling reservations on +61 2 9978 4791 and quoting your unique TTA membership number when booking your stay
  • 15% discount in all Taronga Zoo Shops
  • 10% discount at Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo Sydney on select days
  • Regular updates from the Taronga Education e-newsletter, including new syllabus, relevant workshops and professional learning opportunities
  • Member exclusive events
  • Discounted memberships for family members
  • Exclusive pre-sale opportunities and ticket discounts for our best events including Taronga’s New Year’s Eve party and the Twilight at Taronga concert series
  • Regular education updates

and more!

*Taronga Teachers' Association 20% off opening offer available for stays before Saturday 29 February 2020. Blackout dates apply during peak and event periods. Discount on room package only. No discount applies to incidentals. Offer valid for current Taronga Teachers' Association members and is not transferrable. 

How to join or renew

Looking to become a member of the Taronga Teachers' Association or, do you have an existing membership that is expiring soon and you need to renew? 

Submit your details via the online form to join or renew today. 

After submitting the online form:

  • Your TTA card will be available for collection upon your next visit to the Zoo by visiting the Zoo Friends office located just outside the Main Entrance of Taronga Zoo Sydney
  • Ensure you have your NESA teaching Card or a recent pay slip to bring with you
    This is used as your proof of teaching and is a compulsory requirement.
  • Your photo will be taken to identify you for future visits
  • Be sure to bring your card with you whenever you come and visit the Zoo (incl. Taronga Zoo Sydney, Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo and Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth Zoos)

If you are experiencing any difficulties using the online form, you can join or renew in person at the Zoo Friends office at Taronga Zoo Sydney by showing your proof of teaching (NESA ID Card or recent payslip) and by filling in your membership details.

2020 events

In 2020, TTA will be hosting video-conferences once a term, exclusively for TTA members, where you will be able to hear from Zoo Scientists, Keepers and both national and international experts in environmental conservation.

Dates

Term 1Thursday 5 March 20203.30pm to 4.30pm
Term 2Monday 1 June 20203.30pm to 4.30pm
Term 3Wednesday 26 August 20203.30pm to 4.30pm
Term 4Tuesday 17 November 20203.30pm to 4.30pm

Registration for these events will be advertised in 2020.

Curriculum Critical Friend

The TTA is seeking curriculum expertise and advice on the programs and workshops that Taronga offers. The Education Team proudly provides workshops and programs to schools that are strongly linked to syllabus outcomes, that is supported by current conservation research and enhanced by animal encounters.

As a TTA Critical Curriculum Friend you would play a critical role in connecting your classroom curriculum with the Zoo.  

What’s expected? 

When completing the application form, you will select your preferred stage and subject that you believe you could offer meaningful and valuable feedback to.

After this, you will be periodically sent lesson plans to review and provide feedback. There is no set time period to return your feedback and we always like to reward our members who offers support to the Zoo. 

If you are interested in becoming a TTA Critical Curriculum Friend, please complete the application form.  
 

Terms and conditions

Please read these conditions of membership carefully

  • Membership privileges are available only to individuals currently registered with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) or the ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI). Your NESA or TQI Teacher Accreditation card with your Name, Account number, Accreditation level and card expiry (or equivalent) will need to be presented as proof when picking up your membership card. Part time and casual teachers are eligible. Proof of current NESA or TQI registration must be presented at each membership renewal time also
  • One only additional adult member can be added at a cost of $90. A maximum of 2 free child memberships can be attached per adult
  • Zoo Friends Taronga Teachers membership is non refundable and non-transferable. Only the named person listed on the membership card may use it, and misuse or failure to present it at the ticket office could result in the payment of full admission charges and the cancellation of membership
  • Any changes to membership must be made in the first 30 days. Membership grants the listed member unlimited entry during normal working hours to Taronga Zoo and Taronga Western Plains Zoo
  • There is no pro rata on membership subscriptions.Members must abide at all times by the conditions of entry of all Zoos
  • Day trip tickets cannot be upgraded to a TTA annual membership
  • Membership privileges, terms and conditions may be amended or revoked at anytime

Terms and Conditions updated as of 7 November 2019.