Education Adventures

Featherdale SYDNEY is the perfect destination for youR school excursion:

We make school excursions FUN!

Our school excursions perfectly support your environmental education goals.

Our pre and post excursion activities make it EASY for teachers to provide a school excursion that backs school curriculum outcomes.

We’re easily accessible from anywhere in Greater Sydney. Arrive quickly at your excursion with fresh, enthusiastic students.

Our school excursions include ‘hands-on’ experiences which can enhance learning retention by up to 75%.

FEATHERDALE IS BRINGING A FRESH APPROACH TO WILDLIFE EDUCATION

Learning about our natural world, especially Australia's unique fauna and flora, is an integral part of the development of every child.

Featherdale provides more than students' ticking worksheets and learning facts. A day at Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park for your students allows them to gain respect for animals large and small while getting close to a wide range of Australian Native Animals and others from around the world.

Our leafy wildlife park also provides possibilities for teachers to introduce the importance of habitat conservation and habits that the children can adopt in their daily lives to help our natural environment.

We believe that conservation begins with educating the next generation from a young age, and that is what a Featherdale Wildlife Park Excursion can do for your preschool, school, or community group. Find out more about our commitment to Conservation

A UNIQUE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Our hands-on approach to learning about Australian native wildlife has a far greater chance of being absorbed in children’s minds that traditional classroom activities.

Our immersive on-site education experiences offer so much more than an incursion, with children being completely surrounded by animals in their own habitats. It's only by becoming a part of their world for a short time that most children will deeply understand the importance of all elements of biodiversity and how reliant creatures are on their surroundings.

We’re also happy to welcome home-school groups, Out of School Care groups, scouts, guides, high school, TAFE and University groups and other community groups for educational experiences at Featherdale Sydney.  Please contact us in advance to make the most of your visit.

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Studies on learner retention have shown time and again that people who participate in an activity can have up to a 70% greater chance at retaining that knowledge than if they are involved in passive forms of learning.  

FEATHERDALE EDUCATION ADVENTURES

your education adventure includes:

Wildlife Keeper presentations

Hands on animal experience

Meet and Greet Souvenir Photo for each child

Feathedale Wildlife Park Passport

Activity Workbook (digital File)

A child’s return ticket to the park

let us take the stress out of your school excursion

Our comprehensive teacher’s pack includes:

Risk Assessment Template

Pre visit lesson ideas aligning with the NSW school curriculum

Post visit lesson ideas aligning with the NSW school curriculum

Activity packs for each student (digital)

A copy of Park Rules for teachers to prepare students

Booking form

For smaller groups of primary aged students who have a specific passion for animals, these encounters may be a great option.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT ARE YOUR EDUCATION EXCURSION PRICES FOR SCHOOL GROUPS?

$20 per student, $15 for additional adult helpers.

CAN STUDENTS HOLD, PAT OR CUDDLE A KOALA AS PART OF THEIR EDUCATION ADVENTURE AT FEATHERDALE SYDNEY WILDLIFE PARK?

Guests cannot hold a Koala. It is against the law in the State of New South Wales to hold a Koala without the appropriate accreditation, however they will be able to get close to a koala and may have a chance to pat a Koala.

HOW MANY TEACHERS OR OTHER ADULTS NEED TO ACCOMPANY STUDENTS ON FEATHERDALE SCHOOL EXCURSIONS?

FOC:1:10 Students.

DO WE NEED TO BOOK OUR SCHOOL EXCURSIONS IN ADVANCE?

Yes. Please download the Teacher’s Pack with booking form and ensure your booking is confirmed prior to your excursion. We schedule additional keepers to ensure your students maximise their learning experience.

DO YOU HAVE AN EXCURSION RISK ASSESSMENT?

We sure do have a risk assessment. It's in our downloadable teacher's resources, ready to save you time and hassle.

Excursion Enquiry Form

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES

Featherdale Zoom (Animal Photography)

Learn animal photography from professional photographer June Anderson at Featherdale Wildlife Park.

Keeper for a Day

Don't miss the opportunity for your little animal lover to be a 'zookeeper for a day' this school holidays at Featherdale Wildlife Park

Keeper talks

We have a full schedule of keeper talks daily, so you can hear more about penguins, pelicans, echidnas and so many more of the amazing Featherdale animal family.

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Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park provides volunteer opportunities for those wanting industry-level experience working with native wildlife.


TAFE STUDENTS & TERTIARY STUDENTS

This program provides entry into the Exhibited Animal industry, rotating volunteers through different Animal Care departments. We will give priority to students currently studying Exhibited Animals or Animal Studies at TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation as a tertiary student, or university students studying zoological studies.


A successful applicant is someone who possesses the following:

· Passion for animals, driven and energetic.

· Interest in working in the Exhibited Animal Industry.

· Availability and commitment to volunteering at least one day per week 

(7:00 am-4:00 pm), including public holidays and NSW school holidays.


We are seeking candidates with the ability to:

– Follow directions and have good communication

– Work unsupervised and in a team environment

– Perform physical tasks, including extended periods of raking and lifting

– Work in all weather conditions


HIGH SCHOOL WORK EXPERIENCE

Please note that Featherdale does not offer work experience to High School students. Our team will communicate any future changes to our programme here.


Please download our Volunteer Application Form and submit following the provided instructions. Due to the high volume of submissions only successful applicants will be contacted.

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