On Tuesday 8 October 2019, Taronga hosted a Masterclass at the Taronga Institute of Science & Learning for the University of Sydney’s Master of Education (Taronga Conservation Education) program. The Masterclass provided an opportunity for future students to taste test new curriculum delivered by Taronga under an innovative alliance between the two organisations.
The focus of the Masterclass, delivered by Dr Paul Mason was Conservation Leadership and Behaviour Change - a core unit of study within the Masters program.
“The postgraduate conservation education masterclass introduced ways that educators and conservationists can go further—to ensure not just successful delivery of environmental messages, but a widespread adoption and overwhelmingly productive implementation of environmentally-friendly actions.” - Dr. Paul Mason
With 70% of the world’s population set to live in urban areas by 2050, there has never been a more urgent and critical need to address the threats to biodiversity. In the absence of contact with rural and natural habitats, future generations risk growing up without an essential understanding of ecology, sustainability, and our place in the world. Taronga's efforts in conservation education answer the growing need to connect humans with the rest of nature.
Missed out on the Masterclass but want to know more? Watch the video recording:
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The Taronga - University of Sydney alliance also offers a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Taronga Wildlife Conservation). This four-year degree includes studies in biodiversity and evolution, animal biology, behaviour and wildlife management, and mathematics/statistics. Students develop skills and expertise in achieving conservation outcomes through a strong emphasis on establishment of links between theory and practice.
Taronga is also a Registered Training Organisation and offers accredited, certificate level training in Animal Care and Management.