School excursions

School excursions

Bring the curriculum to life.

Taronga has been providing schools with unique learning experiences that align with curriculum for over 40 years. An excursion to Taronga Zoo Sydney will help you consolidate what is learnt in the classroom, allow your students to explore their curiosity beyond the topic and have some fun!

Exciting update!

The Taronga Education team is please to announce that from Term 4, excursions at Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo will be resuming!

This follows an update from NSW Health and NSW Department of Education on the recommencement of excursions and overnight camps, issued on 24 September 2020. This will enable Taronga to deliver, with you, amazing experiences for your students where they can explore and enjoy the world's wildlife, in a COVID-safe outdoor environment.
 
What does this mean?

  • Your excursion for next term can be booked via our online booking form
  • If you already have an excursion or overnight booking, our Education Admin staff will contact you before your visit to keep you updated
  • The usual excursion, workshop, and overnight experiences at Taronga will look a little different, as we work to keep our top priority of keeping you, your students, our staff and our animals safe. More information on how we’re keeping you safe at Taronga can be found on our our important update webpage
Desert immersive Habitat Classroom at Taronga Zoo Sydney. Photo: Milos Mlynarik

School workshops

Meet some of our amazing animals up close at Taronga Zoo Sydney in a lesson led by a qualified member of our teaching staff. All topics are tied to syllabus outcomes across Science, Mathematics, Geography, Creative Arts, English, History and Business Studies.

Suitable for students from Early Stage 1 to Stage 6.

Looking for excursions to Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo? Read more about Dubbo excursions.

Learning spaces

From the one-of-a-kind immersive Habitat Classrooms within the Taronga Institute of Science & Learning down to Backyard to Bush and more, there are a number of places your workshop could take place at Taronga Zoo Sydney.

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Taronga Zoo Sydney Wildlife Hospital staff caring for a bat injured in the bushfire crisis. Photo: Chris Wheeler
Taronga Zoo Sydney Wildlife Hospital staff caring for a bat injured in the bushfire crisis. Photo: Chris Wheeler

Wildlife crisis response

We believe conservation education is more important than ever and we appreciate how distressing the bushfire crisis has been for so many, including young people. Throughout the immediate drought and bushfire crisis, Taronga has been critical in the NSW response by helping to save wildlife from devastation through provision of emergency shelter, medical care and rehabilitation. 

We believe we can convey the message of hope to your students by discussing the wildlife crisis response and what everyone can do to make a difference for both people and wildlife. 

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Taronga Zoo Sydney Wildlife Hospital staff caring for a bat injured in the bushfire crisis. Photo: Chris Wheeler
Students at Backyard to Bush at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Students at Backyard to Bush at Taronga Zoo Sydney

Self-guided visits

Enjoy the Zoo with your school group at your own pace and encourage your students to be ambassadors for the wild. Suitable for all ages, students will get the chance to come face to face with wildlife, develop a deeper understanding of the importance of conservation and expand their knowledge of the natural world.

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Students at Backyard to Bush at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Full day programs at Taronga Zoo Sydney. Photo: Rick Stevens
Full day programs at Taronga Zoo Sydney. Photo: Rick Stevens

Full day programs

Inspire your students to become champions for change! Each school term our Education team holds special events and full day programs designed to increase student engagement with nature and sustainability.

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Full day programs at Taronga Zoo Sydney. Photo: Rick Stevens

Overnight and evening programs

ZooSnooz

This unique overnight experience offers school students the opportunity to learn about animals, the environment and what we can all do to help make a difference for wildlife.

Twilight Safari

Bring your students to explore the Zoo as the sun goes down for this 3-hour evening experience. Students will enjoy dinner under the stars, discover wild creatures on a private night walk and get up close to animals. 

International schools programs at Taronga Zoo Sydney
International schools programs at Taronga Zoo Sydney

International schools programs

International students can join our staff on a Wildlife Workshop – a specially designed program for overseas students with customised activities and schedules.

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International schools programs at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Wild Ropes at Taronga Zoo Sydney. Photo: Pat Suraseang
Wild Ropes at Taronga Zoo Sydney. Photo: Pat Suraseang

High ropes course

Get out of the classroom and immerse yourself in nature, right in the heart of Sydney. Students will challenge themselves and work as a team on our high ropes course while they master suspension bridges, tunnels, obstacles and flying foxes.

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Wild Ropes at Taronga Zoo Sydney. Photo: Pat Suraseang

Costs, planning and brochure

Sydney booking costs

View the booking costs for all excursions to Taronga Zoo Sydney, including workshops, full day programs, self-guided visits and more.

Plan your excursion

View and download important information regarding your visit including booking costs, our compulsory school excursion teachers guide, risk assessment and more. 

Download the brochure

Download the all-in-one Sydney education brochure to read about all available workshops and programs available to book.