Groups

Taralga Wildlife Park offers discount rates and an amazing educational experience to and for the following groups:

Primary Schools
Pre Schools
Seconary Schools
Mother’s Groups

A visit to Taralga Wildlife Park is a great way for students to learn and discover outside their classroom. With over 200 animals, birds and reptiles. 120 different species, there is plenty to learn about. Our landscaped exhibits and bird aviaries plus hands-on feeding areas are a great way for students to get up close with nature.
Here, you will find all the relevant information for bringing an excursion to Taralga Wildlife Park, along with an online booking form.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

ATTRACTION INFORMATION
To make the most of your time at the park, please take the time to familiarize yourself with this information:
• A huge range of exotic native Australian species to learn about
• More than 200 animals, birds and reptiles. Approx. 120 different species.
Native Animals
Exotic Animals
Animal Food provided (place food on a flat hand and allow the animal to take the food from the hand)
Friendship Farm Animals including the interactive farm yard.
Meet a variety of interesting animals, such as llamas, alpacas, camels, donkeys, ponies, sheep, goats, rabbits and farm birds.
Farm Show (Only available on special occasions at additional cost. Phone 0419014540 for detail.

Here, your students can meet a wombat, and up to 20 other Australian species.
Educational information provided by experienced keepers

PRICING INFORMATION FOR SCHOOL / PRE-SCHOOL GROUPS
Year/Age Group Cost Per Student Ratio of Free Adults
Kindergarten – year      1 Adult per 5 Students
Years 4 – 6       1 Adult per 8 Students
Special Needs  and disability groups    1 Adult per 4 visitors

Payment Options
Option 1
Payment can be made on the day via cash/cheque/credit card. A tax receipt will be provided on the day.

Please Note:
Extra adults/siblings etc WHO ARE NOT BEING PAID FOR BY THE SCHOOL must enter through the public entrance where they will pay the normal admission fee.
There is a discounted entry fee of $10.00 for any extra adults, above the ratio, WHO ARE BEING PAID FOR BY THE SCHOOL
Visiting parents/siblings will be expected to enter through the public entrance where they will need to pay the normal admission fee.
Prices are inclusive on GST.

NEED TO KNOW
Teacher Information
• School groups are provided with an undercover area  to leave school-bags in.
• There are no drinking fountains at TWP – drinking water is the school’s responsibility to organise.
• School groups are expected to make their way around the park in small supervised groups. Students are to be supervised at all times; no unsupervised free-time.
• Attending adults are provided with maps and guidelines upon entry.
• Safety is a priority for TWP; we expect it is a school’s priority also! We thank you, in advance, for your support and cooperation to achieve a safe, enjoyable and informative experience for your students.

Teacher Checklist
• I understand that my students are to be supervised at all times and I will ensure my supervisory team understand this also.
• I understand that we are required to make our way around the park in small groups (K-Yr3 = 5 children per group) or (Yr4-Yr7 = 10 children per group) and I will ensure my supervisory team understand this also.
• I will notify any additional parent-helpers above the ratio that they will be required to pay the normal TWP entry fee on arrival.
• I understand that any additional parent-helpers above the ratio that we (the school) will be paying for, receive a discounted entry fee, and are required to enter with the school, and I will ensure these additional parent-helpers know this also.
• I will ensure that our bus driver is notified that our bus cannot be left outside the TWP entrance.
• I understand that there are no water fountains in TWP and will therefore ensure my students have adequate drinking water.
• I will ensure that we have our meal breaks within our designated picnic areas.
• I understand that the TWP Kiosk is out-of-bounds to school groups.
• I will ensure that my students and my supervisory team understand the suggested method of animal-feeding and animal-touching as explained.

Please Come Prepared
It is expected that the teacher-in-charge will have read this information thoroughly prior to the excursion.
It is expected that the teacher-in-charge will have informed their supervisory team of relevant excursion information prior to their arrival.
It is expected that the teacher-in-charge will have briefed the students, prior to the excursion, about appropriate behavior around animals and around other patrons.

Buses/Driveway Guidelines
School buses to park in the designated parking area.
It is the responsibility of the school’s supervisory team to ensure the adequate supervision of the students, keeping in mind that the parking area is used by other patrons.
It is the responsibility of the teacher-in-charge to arrange a pick-up time with the bus driver.
It is the responsibility of the teacher-in-charge to notify the driver of this policy.

Briefing Upon Arrival
Upon arrival, TWP will greet the group at the main entrance of the park. The teacher-in-charge will be provided with TWP maps for each adult in the group. It is expected that they will then allow the adults sufficient time to read the info before making their way into the park.
TWP will obtain final student and adult numbers for payment purposes.
TWP will obtain the mobile phone number of the teacher-in-charge

Assigned Area
You will be assigned to an area/s where your group will be expected to have lunch and other breaks. Student’s bags will be secured in a safe place..
TWP recommends that valuables are not left unattended.

Supervision
It is the responsibility of the school to ensure that their students are supervised at all times, by an appropriate supervisory team, in compliance with the student to adult ratio specified by TWP.
It is the responsibility of the teacher-in-charge to ensure the implementation of effective supervision strategies, including regular head-counts and/or roll calls.
As the park will be open to public at the time of your visit, it is expected that students are well-supervised and behave appropriately to ensure an enjoyable day for all patrons.
It is expected that the school’s supervisory team will participate in TWP attractions with their students (rather than simply observe), actively monitor their student’s behavior and intervene as necessary.
TWP staff are available at all times; however will not be responsible for monitoring student’s behavior.
Students are not permitted to wander around TWP unattended.

Small Groups
School groups are required to make their way around the park in small groups (5-10 students), with each group accompanied by an adult at all times.
Larger groups will be asked to split-up.

Child Protection
TWP staff are not required to provide a Working With Children Check because they are not solely responsible for any children, without a parent/guardian/teacher being present.
It is the responsibility of the school to ensure that their supervisory team have appropriate clearances for working with children.

Communication Strategies
It is the school’s responsibility to ensure they have an adequate method of communication between students and their supervisory team.
Upon arrival, the teacher-in-charge will provide a mobile phone number to TWP. This ensures that TWP can make contact with the school, if need be, for the duration of the excursion.
Urgent messages from one school group to another can be made by contacting the closest TWP staff member.
School staff may use a TWP staff member’s telephone for urgent calls.

Students Arriving Late
If the school is expecting a student to arrive late, TWP are to be notified upon arrival.
When the student arrives at the main entry, TWP will contact the teacher-in-charge on their mobile phone to arrange for the student to be collected from the main entry. TWP will not be responsible for the student; therefore the parent/guardian will be required to wait until they can hand the student over to a member of the school’s supervisory team.
If the school is expecting a student to be picked-up early, it is appreciated if TWP are notified. TWP will not be responsible for the student; therefore the student is to be handed over to a parent/guardian by a member of the school’s supervisory team. This hand-over is to take place out the front of the park.
In these circumstances, parents/guardians are not permitted into the park to drop-off/collect their child, unless they wish to pay the normal park entry fee

Drinking Water
There are no water fountains in TWP. It is the school’s responsibility to ensure that students have adequate water.

Toilets
There are 2 male, 2 female toilets and 1 disabled toilet at the park; please see map.
Schools are not permitted to block-off the toilet blocks from general public.

Allergies
TWP is not a nut-free zone.
It is the responsibility of the school to ensure that any students with allergies are appropriately catered for. It is expected that schools will supply, carry and be trained to use relevant medication, including epipens, to be used in the event of an allergic reaction, where relevant.

At certain times of the year, there may be a prevalence of bees around the park.

Patrons in wheelchairs may have difficulty on uneven surfaces. Toilet block has a designated disabled toilets and wheelchair access.

Surfaces
The majority of the park is easily walked upon; however there are some uneven surface areas. Please exercise caution on uneven ground, and stick to obvious walkways where possible.
Garden beds are not to be entered and/or walked on.

Appropriate footwear is recommended.
Indoor surfaces may become slippery when wet, in which case ‘Slippery When Wet’ signs will be erected.

Water Features
Ponds, lakes etc around the park are fully enclosed and unable to be accessed by patrons.
Safety Signage and Barriers
School groups are expected to obey TWP signage. It is the responsibility of the school supervisory team to ensure that their students adhere to these signs.

Weather Conditions
Schools are encouraged to prepare for their visit according to the weather forecast.
Students are encouraged to be adequately protected (rain coats, umbrellas, sunscreen, hats, drinking water, etc.) for weather conditions.

Photography
By booking an excursion to TWP, the school accepts that photographs may be taken of their students, by other patrons. TWP will not be held responsible for this.

Direct Animal Contact
School groups are welcome to enter the Friendship Farm areas. For the most part, these do not allow direct contact with the animals, however there are some opportunities for participants from the crowd to bottle-feed lambs.
There are opportunities for touching of other animals.

Animal Feeding
One complimentary serve of Animal food is provided per student to feed the animals.
TWP suggests that feeding of animals is to be done by placing food on a flat hand, and allowing the animal to take the food from the hand. Poking or forcing feed into an animal’s mouth can result in bitten fingers.

Animal Welfare
Animals are not to be picked-up, chased, teased, tormented (ears or tails pulled, etc). School groups who ignore instructions and/or deliberately cause harm/stress to an animal, will be removed from the exhibit and/or the park, at the discretion of TWP.
Animals that are able to be touched, are to be touched gently on their back only.

First Aid
Monitoring the physical well-being of the students remains the responsibility of the school’s supervisory team.
Administering of first aid remains the responsibility of the school’s supervisory team. It is suggested that the school supervisory team has access to a school-provided first aid kit during the excursion.

Basic first aid supplies and assistance is available from the TWP kiosk if necessary.
Please Note: For cases of serious medical emergency, calling 000 should always be the school supervisory team’s first response. TWP can assist with this process if necessary.
Should an ambulance be called by the school to attend, TWP must be notified immediately to enable easy access and to implement an evacuation if needed.
To request assistance at any time, please call 0419014540 or ask the nearest staff member.
It is suggested that the teacher-in-charge has a list of full names, emergency contact details and medical/health information for their entire group; students and all attending adults.

Emergency Response Plan
TWP has extensive risk management planning and emergency procedures in place. We are confident in our ability to respond quickly and appropriately manage an emergency situation. Our first priority is to ensure the safety of all patrons.

For all group bookings please call 0419 014 540 or email: john_thesanctuary@bigpond.com