Traveling to Dubbo

By: Karen Player, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 07 Aug 2015

Last week I traveled to Dubbo to teach the Evolution of Australian Biota study days at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo.

Students with Diprotodon fossils

Students with Diprotodon fossils
Photographer:  © James Horan

It was a great oppurtunity to bring our collections and science to the central west of NSW. Staff from the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust and Taronga Zoo also made the journey to Dubbo to deliver the intensive program.

Now in its 15th year, the Evolution of Australian Biota study days continue to be one of our most popular events booking out year after year. This popular full day program was developed by the Australian Museum, the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust and Taronga Zoo. Students examine fossils, specimens, live animals and plants to investigate the evolution and adaptations of Australian animals and plants.

We had almost 270 students over the 3 day with some students travelling over 3 hours to get to the sessions.

The Sydney sessions started in June and we have also travelled to Coffs Harbour to deliver another 3 day program. In August we take a break in Sydney and run sessions out at Mount Annan and Mount Tomah and run the Australian Museum Science Festival.

This hugely successful program reaches approximately 5000 students – almost 30% of all HSC Biology students across NSW.

It is a very busy time but very rewarding. I can't wait to do it all again next year!

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