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Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Taronga Western Plains Zoo is home to hundreds of rare and endangered animals including giraffes, rhinos, elephants and big cats. Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s education programs immerse students in stunning animal environments with strong conservation themes. Each workshop with live animals provides first-hand specialist information, skills and inspiration for students to further develop conservation ideas and begin designing solutions. The connections they make with wildlife while on their school group tour will last a lifetime. Discover more about Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s education program including workshops that align to science, geography, biology and cross-curricular learning outcomes.
Download Taronga Conservation Society’s education kit:

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Book an education workshop any school day of the year, or join the Zoo in celebrating:
  • World Environment Day (K-12) on 3 June 2016 - The most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. Join the Zoo for the 2016 theme: Join the Race to Make the World a Better Place.
  • World Rhino Day (K-12) on 22 September 2016 - Come and celebrate this day with the Zoo’s iconic rhinos and learn more about their efforts to reduce the trade in rhino horn through the Wildlife Witness App.
  • HSC Biology Case Study Day on 15 June 2016 - Add a new dimension to your HSC Biology course and bring your students to the Zoo! Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s genuine case studies in the control of animal disease, plus the reproductive strategies employed by the scientific team will bring an exciting context to your students’ learning. 

Want to stay overnight at Taronga Western Plains Zoo with your students? Check out ZoosnooZ in the Accommodation section.


Go Below Ground and Back Thousands of Years

Wellington Caves and Phosphate Mine 

  Wellington Caves is located in an outcrop of Early Devonian limestone, part of the Garra Formation, which is about 400 million years old. Included in the Complex are two magnificent show caves, the Cathedral and the Gaden Caves. The Cathedral Cave is famous for its huge stalagmite known as Altar Rock which is 32 metres in circumference at its base and 15 metres high, described for many years as the world’s largest stalagmite. The Phosphate Mine was a functioning mine during World War 1. Over 6,000 tonnes of phosphate was mined during its four-years of operation before it closed in 1918. Wellington Caves and Phosphate Mine offers guided and self-guided tours. Discover more about the Wellington Caves and Phosphate Mine including syllabus-based learning outcomes by downloading their education kit:

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Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens

  Science and culture will inspire and enthral students at the Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens, home to four distinct garden spaces. Shoyoen is one of Australia’s most authentic traditional Japanese Gardens. The Sensory Garden invites students to enliven the five senses. Oasis Valley provides a living link to Australia biogeographical history and promotes conservation of the threatened ‘dry rainforests’ while the Biodiversity Garden displays local plants in settings that replicate their natural habitat.