Education bookings are now open for 2023! 

As a world-class zoo in Western Sydney, we offer students and teachers the opportunity to see wildlife from around the world, learn about conservation, and be immersed in Aboriginal Culture.

EARLY childhood

Traditional music and dance​

This interactive workshop gets your students up and moving as they learn about the traditional creative arts. Students will learn about traditional musical instruments, such as the didgeridoo and clapsticks, and explore the sounds they make. They will also gain an understanding of traditional dance movements and the stories behind them.

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Indigenous perspectives, Music, Dance

Animal feature focus

Learn all about different animal features and get up close with our Australian ambassador animals. This workshop includes a book reading about some of our zoo residents.

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with out Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Animal needs and characteristics 

EARLY Stage 1

Traditional music and dance​

This interactive workshop gets your students up and moving as they learn about the traditional creative arts. Students will learn about traditional musical instruments, such as the didgeridoo and clapsticks, and explore the sounds they make. They will also gain an understanding of traditional dance movements and the stories behind them.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
DAES1.1     MUES1.4

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Indigenous perspectives, Music, Dance

Food and fibre

Through live demonstrations and exploring traditional artefacts students will gain an understanding of how plants and animals were sustainably used for food, fibre, tools, weapons, and medicines. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES
STe-3LW-ST

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Indigenous perspectives, food and fibre

Kinship and families

Our Sydney Zoo Aboriginal guides will explain the complexities within family and kinship systems. Students will learn that families are varied and different, while also learning the importance of place to communities.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
HTe-1    GEe-1

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
History, family and community

Living things at Sydney Zoo

What do we notice about living things?

Students will be introduced to some of our amazing animals that call Sydney Zoo home and learn about their basic needs. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES
STe-3LW-ST

PROGRAM RESOURCES

S1 Teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with out Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Animal needs and characteristics

Stage 1

Traditional music and dance​

This interactive workshop gets your students up and moving as they learn about the traditional creative arts. Students will learn about traditional musical instruments, such as the didgeridoo and clapsticks, and explore the sounds they make. They will also gain an understanding of traditional dance movements and the stories behind them.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
MUS1.1     DAS1.2

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Indigenous perspectives, Music, Dance

Food and fibre

Through live demonstrations and exploring traditional artefacts students will gain an understanding of how plants and animals were sustainably used for food, fibre, tools, weapons, and medicines. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES
ST1-5LW-ST

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Indigenous perspectives, food and fibre

Connection to place

Students will be engaged by Aboriginal guides to create a personal connection for themselves and their school as they learn about the responsibility to care for Country wherever they find themselves.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
HT1-2    GE1-1    GE1-2

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
History, geography, caring for country

Feature of living things

Learn more about features of animals and their environments. Students will be hands on with activities to improve environments for animal survival and meet Australian ambassador animals.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
ST1-4LW-S

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with out Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Animal features and their environment

Stage 2

Food and fibre

Through live demonstrations and exploring traditional artefacts students will gain an understanding of how plants and animals were sustainably used for food, fibre, tools, weapons, and medicines. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES
ST2-5LW-T

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Indigenous perspectives, food and fibre

Traditional art

This hands-on workshop explores traditional Aboriginal art with a focus on ochre painting. In this session students will learn about how Aboriginal art was used as a communication and recording tool. Students will also gain the practical experience of creating art through traditional methods. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES
VAS2.1    VAS2.4

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Art, Indigenous perspectives

People, places and colonisation

People, places and colonisation explores the deep attachment and bond for Aboriginal people to their Country, families and peoples and the effects of colonisation. This is delivered in a culturally sensitive and respectful way.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
HT2-4    GE2-1    GE2-2

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
History, geography, colonisation

Classification

Learn how to group living things based on their external features and distinguish them from non-living things. This program will explore why and how we classify animals using a branching key. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES
ST2-4LW-S

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Stage 2 Classification teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with out Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Animal needs and characteristics

Stage 3

Traditional art

This hands-on workshop explores traditional Aboriginal art with a focus on ochre painting. In this session students will learn about how Aboriginal art was used as a communication and recording tool. Students will also gain the practical experience of creating art through traditional methods. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES
VAS3.2    VAS3.4

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Art, Indigenous perspectives

Rights and freedom

Delve into the complex history of Aboriginal people in their pursuit for recognition and equality. Our guides will share some of the iconic and historical events that have led to a resilient and ongoing fight for justice since colonisation till present day.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
HT3-1

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
History, geography, colonisation and equality

Amazing adaptions

How do animals survive in their environment? Students will meet animals up close to learn about their structural and behavioural adaptations that help them survive in the wild.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
ST3-4LW-S

PROGRAM RESOURCES

ST3 Teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with out Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Animal adaptions

The koalas schools project

Science for Wildlife and Sydney Zoo have partnered to launch an exciting education program: The Koala Schools Project.

After a fire season no one will forget in 2019/20, this cross-curricular program will educate the next generation about bushfires, local wildlife and the iconic Koala species, while contributing to Geography and Science & Technology syllabus outcomes.

Students will engage in an incursion onsite at their school to start the program and the class will be able to attend the zoo for free during Threatened species week to complete the program. See more details here.

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with out Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Features of living things, classification, wilidlife

Stage 4

High school cultural workshop

Workshops for high school can be delivered to the level and topic that is required by the students. Please include the topic and stage of students when enquiring about this program.

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Indigenous perspectives

Traditional weaving

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have utilised natural materials from their local environment using skill and innovation for many thousands of years. Students will explore how a wide variety of woven designs were used for fishing, gathering, and storing food, and carrying water. This practical workshop will teach students how to weave with natural materials using traditional methods. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES
DT4-1    DT4-3

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Indigenous perspectives, technology, design

Traditional food technology

This program explores traditional use of plants for food and medicines and how Aboriginal peoples have sustainably cared for Country for thousands of years. Students will learn about the seasons and cycles and how this influenced the movement of tribes across the land. In this session, students will have the opportunity to make some traditional foods with our Sydney Zoo cultural guides.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
FT4-12    FT4-13

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Children will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Indigenous perspectives, food technology

Classifications and adaptions

Students meet Sydney Zoo ambassador animals to learn how to classify animals and explore their adaptations for survival in their unique habitats.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
SC4-14LW relates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival, and reproduction

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with out Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Animal classifications adaptions

Stage 5

Traditional weaving

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have utilised natural materials from their local environment using skill and innovation for many thousands of years. Students will explore how a wide variety of woven designs were used for fishing, gathering, and storing food, and carrying water. This practical workshop will teach students how to weave with natural materials using traditional methods. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES
DT5-1    DT5-3

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with our Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Indigenous perspectives, technology, design

Environmental change and management

Chimpanzee conservation in Burundi.

Students will be introduced to Flora, an orphaned Chimpanzee living in Burundi. Learn about Chimpanzee habitats and how students can directly impact conservation efforts around the globe through environmental management.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

GE5-3 analyses the effect of interactions and connections between people, places and environments
GE5-4 accounts for perspectives of people and organisations on a range of geographical issues
GE5-5 assesses management strategies for places and environments for their sustainability

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Environmental change and management teacher toolkit
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with out Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Environmental change, sustainability, conservation

Stage 6

Operating a zoo

What are the features of operations management for a zoo?

Students will be introduced to the operations of Sydney Zoo and how the zoo markets itself. A moving tour of the essential parts of the zoo makes this an immersive lesson in business operations.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

P1 discusses the nature of business
P6 analyses the responsibilities of business to internal and external stakeholders
P7 Plans and conducts investigations into contemporary business situations

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Operating a zoo teacher toolkit
Operating a zoo student booklet
Planning resources
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with out Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Monday to Friday (during school term)

THEMES
Business operations, marketing

Biological diversity

How do adaptations increase the organism’s ability to survive?

Students conduct a practical investigation in teams to examine the adaptations of organisms that increase their ability to survive in their environment.

Students will research, develop, and then test enrichment items at Sydney Zoo on exhibit with zoo keepers placing them with certain species. The research and design will be species specific with resources supplied to guide students on their creations.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

BIO11/12-1 BIO11/12-2
BIO11/12-7 BIO11/12-10

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Biology diversity toolkits are supplied depending on which species students will be developing their items
Sydney Zoo map

PLAN YOUR EXCURSION
Students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat, and sun protection.

Organising teachers please check in with out Admissions team upon arrival.

AVAILABILITY
Set dates – contact us for available dates and species. Excursion sessions will be run on Wednesdays only.

THEMES
Biology, adaptions, scientific investigations 

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