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 January 2019

All Things Wild
All Things Wild
All Things Wild
All Things Wild

Our wide range of education activity sessions have been developed to meet the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework and the National Curriculum. The activities that we offer are based around our varied collection at All Things Wild and we aim wherever possible to bring in pract...

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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

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

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

RSPB Saltholme

RSPB Saltholme

North
Saltholme is a wetland oasis nestled within an industrial setting, a perfect example of how nature and people can co-exist and thrive. We have a range of habitats for your students to explore and investigate. ...
RSPB Saltholme


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

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

RSPB Rye Meads

RSPB Rye Meads

London & South East
At the RSPB, we're passionate about getting young people outside and experiencing nature first-hand. We offer a range of curriculum-linked activities including birdwatching, pond dipping and habitat investigations for Nursery age right up to A-level...
RSPB Rye Meads

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


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 Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere

East Anglia
RSPB Minsmere's Schools on Reserves programme brings learning to life at one of the top wildlife sites in the UK. With a series of curriculum-linked sessions for all ages and abilities from Early Years through to post-16. ...
RSPB Minsmere

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

Greenwood Forest Park

Greenwood Forest Park

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


Fellowship Afloat Charitable Trust

Fellowship Afloat Charitable Trust

East Anglia
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

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

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

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


Manor House Wildlife Park

Manor House Wildlife Park

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Wales
Set in 52 acres of protected Pembrokeshire parkland, our Wild Welsh Zoo has something for everyone. Experience close-up meetings with endangered animals from all over the world. ...
Manor House Wildlife Park

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

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

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

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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