Wildlife, Safaris and Sea Life Centres

Our planet's ecology

Obviously, seeing a troop of monkeys remove the wipers from the coach is going to be the highlight of your day out for a lot of children, but there is plenty more to be gained from trip to study the local, and not so local, wildlife. This section covers zoos and safari parks, sea life centres, as well as places to study British wildlife. If you want to study animals, birds, or fish, as part of key stage 2, 3 and 4 science, then see below for inspiration.

The UK has a wonderfully diverse array of natural wildlife, especially ornithological and places like the RSPB and WWT have centres up and down the country where you can go to study the habitats of our feathered friends. As well as helping your class understand the importance of our native wildlife, you will also be helping to support the protected areas which act as havens for species that would otherwise be under threat.

All these venues give great opportunities for cross-curricular study, especially biological adaptation, the geographical impact we humans can have on such delicate eco-systems through climate change, and environmental miss-management, and how we can protect them, both for future generations, and for our own well-being.

Popular Wildlife Trip March 2019

Magdalen Farm
Magdalen Farm
Magdalen Farm
Magdalen Farm

Our dedicated team of staff are on-hand to ensure that your visit to Magdalen is memorable for all the right reasons. The tutors have a wealth of experience leading outdoor education activities that are fun and stimulating. If you are looking to high quality accommodation and fresh homecooked ...

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Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington World of Adventures

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
London & South East
Education is at the heart of what we do and with 10 themed lands, 40 rides and attractions, over 1000 amazing animals and a SEA LIFE centre; Chessington really is Britain’s Wildest Classroom! ...
Chessington World of Adventures

Woodland Ways Bushcraft Experience Day - Leicestershire

Woodland Ways Bushcraft Experience Day - Leicestershire

East Midlands
Allow students to unplug and tune in to nature. Let them learn and practice ancestral skills through a range of hands-on bushcraft experiences. Leave walls behind; join us in our private woodland at Belvoir Castle where young minds will be inspired.....
Woodland Ways Bushcraft Experience Day - Leicestershire

All Things Wild

All Things Wild

Midlands
Why not 'Step Through Time' with our fantastic Dinosaur Experience? Or get up close to our animals in an environment that is as close to their natural habitat as possible. ...
All Things Wild

Magdalen Farm

Magdalen Farm

South West
Set on a working organic farm Magdalen provides a unqiue base for students, children and adults to explore the great outdoors. A range of tutor led activities are tailored to you and we provide high quality accommodation with homecooked meals. ...
Magdalen Farm


Fellowship Afloat Charitable Trust

Fellowship Afloat Charitable Trust

East of England
Your next adventure starts here! Based on a converted lightvessel moored on the Essex coast, FACT provide unique residential experiences through outdoor adventure activities in this stunning saltmarsh setting. ...
Fellowship Afloat Charitable Trust

Bramhope Scout Centre

Bramhope Scout Centre

North
Bramhope Scout Campsite is set on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales less than 10 miles from Leeds City Centre. Set in 13.5 acres Bramhope Campsite offers a variety of accommodation and activities for all ages, abilities and different sized groups. ...
Bramhope Scout Centre

Sayers Croft

Sayers Croft

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
London & South East
Sayers Croft is nestled at the foot of the Surrey Hills and provides outdoor experiences for 27,000 visitors each year for all ages and abilities through our bespoke residential and day visits, Duke of Edinburgh programme and family run events. ...
Sayers Croft

Adam Hensons Cotswold Farm Park

Adam Hensons Cotswold Farm Park

South West
Introduce your class to over 50 flocks and herds of rare breed farm animals, travel back through time to discover how British farming has changed throughout the years and let off steam in the adventure play areas. A truly memorable school trip! ...
Adam Hensons Cotswold Farm Park


Habitat Study Trips

Habitat Study Trips

London & South East
Enjoy a curriculum linked day of hands -on habitat study with surveys of pond, woodland,rare chalk grassland and meadow. Use sweep nets and pond nets, observe creatures under magnification and discover and identify predator and prey in a food chain. ...
Habitat Study Trips

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Midlands
Why is white chocolate white but milk chocolate brown? Which plant makes both furniture and clothes? Which birds roam free around the grounds? Discover these answers and much more as you explore our spectacular glasshouses and beautiful gardens! ...
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Chatsworth

Chatsworth

East Midlands
Our programme of arts engagement and outdoor learning is focused on treasures from the collection and the built and natural environment allowing for the integration of the arts and creativity to STEM based learning, making us an ideal STEAM centre. ...
Chatsworth

Woburn Safari Park

Woburn Safari Park

London & South East
Woburn Safari Park is a fantastic venue for school groups of all ages! It combines learning with an enjoyable experience. School groups can make their own way around the Park or opt for an educational activity....
Woburn Safari Park


RSPB Sandwell Valley

RSPB Sandwell Valley

Midlands
What's the difference between a backswimmer and a water boatman? That's just one of the many questions your class will have answered on a visit to RSPB Sandwell Valley. Children will have a memorable day discovering nature on their doorstep. ...
RSPB Sandwell Valley

Hampstead Heath Schools Programme

Hampstead Heath Schools Programme

London & South East
Hampstead Heath is the ultimate outdoor classroom. Our hands-on school sessions allow students to have fun, develop their knowledge and key skills, and explore different aspects of this beautiful open space. ...
Hampstead Heath Schools Programme

Woodland Ways Bushcraft Experience Day - Scotland

Woodland Ways Bushcraft Experience Day - Scotland

Scotland
Allow students to unplug and tune in to nature. Let them learn ancestral skills through a range of hands-on bushcraft experiences. Leave walls behind; join us in Scotland at our stunning East Lothian woodland where young minds will be inspired... ...
Woodland Ways Bushcraft Experience Day - Scotland

Paradise Wildlife Park

Paradise Wildlife Park

London & South East
At Paradise we offer educational talks from reception, through primary and secondary schools, into College and even to University level. We have 3 classrooms and a large Animal Rescource Centre that is a fantastic venue for learning. ...
Paradise Wildlife Park


Woodland Ways Bushcraft Residentials - Scotland

Woodland Ways Bushcraft Residentials - Scotland

Scotland
Allow students to unplug and tune in to nature. Let them learn and practice ancestral skills through a range of hands-on bushcraft experiences. Leave walls behind; join us in our stunning East Lothian woodland where young minds will be inspired... ...
Woodland Ways Bushcraft Residentials - Scotland

Galloway Activity Centre

Galloway Activity Centre

Scotland
We’re a friendly family run outdoor activity centre that’s been operating since 1988 and caters to a wide range of children’s groups all year round. From the smallest group sizes to over 100 and from day trips to week long residential holidays....
Galloway Activity Centre

Greenwood Forest Park

Greenwood Forest Park

Wales
The BEST School Trip in North Wales... ...
Greenwood Forest Park

In School Farm Experience

In School Farm Experience

Various Regions
Kew Little Pigs focuses on animal enrichment for children, giving children stimulating opportunities they may never have at home to spend time with animals they may never usually have hands on experience with. ...
In School Farm Experience


Outdoor Skills Workshop

Outdoor Skills Workshop

Various Regions
Grow your students confidence, develop their teamwork and communication skills and help them become more resilient through outdoor skills such as Bushcraft, outdoor cooking, knife skills, archery and navigation. ...
Outdoor Skills Workshop

Woodland Ways Bushcraft Experience Day - Oxfordshire

Woodland Ways Bushcraft Experience Day - Oxfordshire

London & South East
Allow students to unplug and tune in to nature. Let them learn and practice the skills of their ancestors through a range of hands-on bushcraft experiences. Leave the walls behind; join us in our 250-acre woodland where young minds will be inspired.....
Woodland Ways Bushcraft Experience Day - Oxfordshire

Woodland Ways Bushcraft - Leicestershire

Woodland Ways Bushcraft - Leicestershire

East Midlands
Allow students to unplug and tune in to nature. Let them learn and practice ancestral skills through a range of hands-on bushcraft experiences. Leave walls behind; join us in our private woodland at Belvoir Castle where young minds will be inspired.....
Woodland Ways Bushcraft - Leicestershire

Woodland Ways Bushcraft - Oxfordshire

Woodland Ways Bushcraft - Oxfordshire

London & South East
Allow students to unplug and tune in to nature. Let them learn and practice the skills of their ancestors through a range of hands-on bushcraft experiences. Leave the walls behind; join us in our 250 acre woodland where young minds will be inspired.....
Woodland Ways Bushcraft - Oxfordshire


Woodland Ways Bushcraft Experience Day - Derbyshire

Woodland Ways Bushcraft Experience Day - Derbyshire

East Midlands
Allow students to unplug and tune in to nature. Let them learn and practice ancestral skills through a range of hands-on bushcraft experiences. Leave walls behind; join us in our stunning Peak District woodland where young minds will be inspired... ...
Woodland Ways Bushcraft Experience Day - Derbyshire

Falconers Quest

Falconers Quest

Midlands
The UK's biggest Birds of Prey Show at Warwick Castle! Let your imagination soar as you join Warwick’s Falconer on an epic quest of discovery to find the finest Birds in all of the land, in this brand new, action-packed, spectacular show. ...
Falconers Quest

Moving Mountains

Moving Mountains

South West
The most flexible camping residential you will find! You will have EXCLUSIVE use of our beautiful site next to Bristol and Bath where we offer alternative activites including fishing, orienteering, outdoor cooking, bushcraft and hiking. ...
Moving Mountains

Dartmoor Zoological Park

Dartmoor Zoological Park

South West
Set in a unique location, Dartmoor Zoo offers a wide range of workshops designated to inspire students to learn about the animal’s world, conservation and our native wildlife. ...
Dartmoor Zoological Park


Woodland Ways Bushcraft Residentials - Derbyshire

Woodland Ways Bushcraft Residentials - Derbyshire

East Midlands
Allow students to unplug and tune in to nature. Let them learn and practice ancestral skills through a range of hands-on bushcraft experiences. Leave walls behind; join us in our stunning Peak District woodland where young minds will be inspired... ...
Woodland Ways Bushcraft Residentials - Derbyshire

The venues specialising in sea life are always popular with children, perhaps because it gives them an insight into what is normally hidden from view. The examples listed here offer tailor-made workshops, ideal for allowing your class to gain hands-on experience and to fully understand the issues and challenges associated with marine biology.

Clearly, despite the frequent rural sightings of leopards, tigers and other big cats, some wildlife is going to be completely new to your class. They have probably seen them on television, but that is no substitute for getting up close and personal with some of our planet’s more unusual fauna. Zoos and safari parks have changed and are no longer just somewhere to take the kids for an ice-cream and the chance to marvel at the giraffes. Even the more traditional parks are changing what they offer, developing more intelligent ways of engaging their visitors. And the ability to create artificial biospheres means it is now possible to visit a tropical jungle without leaving our temperate climate.



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