Evolution of Australian Biota Study Day - Dubbo
A full day outreach program for Stage 6 Biology students.
This full day outreach program, developed by the Australian Musuem, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Taronga Zoo program is held at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo. Students examine fossils, specimens, live animals and plants to investigate the evolution and adaptations of Australian animals and plants.
The Study Day comprises three educator-led sessions of one hour and 15 minutes duration each:
- An Australian Museum educator facilitates this session. Students work in small groups and perform first-hand investigations using specimens of Australian animals to compare current and extinct forms. Activities focus on Australian megafauna and on platypus evolution. These activities are based on Activities 1, 4 and 5 within the Learning from fossils session available at the Museum.
- A Royal Botanic Gardens educator leads the students in a session where students investigate native Australian plants, both past and present, including living plant fossils and pollination strategies.
- A Taronga Western Plains Zoo educator leads the students in a session with live animals to learn about the adaptations and evolution of native Australian animals.
- Bookings for this venue are made direct with Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo:
Phone Taronga Western Plains Zoo on (02) 6881 1433 or Fax (02) 6884 4530
- Maximum number of students: 25 per session (3 groups per day)
- Duration: Three 75 minute sessions
- Cost: $19.00 (incl GST) per student for 3 sessions. Special 'Zoosnooz' rates available.
- Location: Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo
- Transport: Coach parking available
- Taronga Western Plains Zoo Risk Assessment form
Dates Available: 5 - 7 August 2014 (inclusive)
Booking changes or cancellations:
- Decreases or increases in your booked number must be advised by 4 weeks before the excursion date.
- If the number of students attending the Study Day is significantly lower (by 5 students or more) than expected, the school will be invoiced for the booked number of students.
- We reserve the right to cancel days/sessions not fully filled.
Evolution of Australian Biota Study Days are also available on selected dates at:
Education Resource Kit
An Education Kit will be sent by Taronga Western Plains Zoo before your booked excursion date.
- Student activities for the three sessions are sent following booking.
(The Museum session can also be viewed at any time – it is based in Activities 1, 4 and 5 within the Learning from Fossils program .)
- Answers for teachers are either sent after booking or provided at the venue.
- Biology Stage 6
The Study Day is specifically designed for the Stage 6 Biology Syllabus topic, 8.5 Evolution of Australian Biota.
The outcomes addressed by the Museum session are detailed below. The Museum activities (Activities 1, 4, 5) that relate to each syllabus outcome are indicated below.
All students complete Activity 5 on Platypus evolution, and one other activity (either Activity 1 or 4) on Australian megafauna.
Syllabus outcomes for Biology 8.5 Evolution of Australian Biota:
1. Evidence for the rearrangement of crustal plates and continental drift indicates that Australia was once part of an ancient super continent
|2. The changes in Australian flora and fauna over millions of years have happened through evolution||
|4. A study of palaeontology and past environments increases our understanding of the possible future range of plants and animals||
The syllabus links for the Gardens and Zoo sessions are provided in the Education Resource Kit that is sent following booking.
Beth Blaxland , Education Project Officer