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.

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Dartmoor Zoological Park


Whether you’re interested in our curriculum linked workshops delivered by our team of skilled and highly knowledgeable Discovery and Learning Officers, a personalised tour tailored to your curriculum objectives, or prefer to lead your own self-guided visit, we have all the information you need for an inspirational day out. Whatever the age our workshops and tours at Dartmoor Zoo are a great way to introduce your pupils to science, with literacy and numeracy embedded, create lasting memories that enhance and reinforce classroom learning. They’re fun, hands-on, interactive AND curriculum linked! If you don’t see a workshop that quite fits your needs we can always create individualised lessons plan to accommodate the most specific of curriculum objectives. ...

Dartmoor Zoological Park
Dartmoor Zoological Park







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



Stay overnight at Bore Place and enjoy the fantastic grounds and countryside. Learn how to bake bread, explore the grounds and ponds for minibeasts & create beautiful artwork from nature. Finish up with a nightwalk and hot chocolate around a campfire...

Residential Trips at Bore Place



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
Sayers Croft
Sayers Croft
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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
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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
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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



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



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



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



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
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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



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 our Bedfordshire woodland for an experience day where young minds will be inspired... ...

Woodland Ways Bushcraft Experience Day - Bedfordshire



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



The BEST School Trip in North Wales... ...

GreenWood Family Park



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



A range of outdoor, hands on activities to enrich curriculum learning. Set in the beautiful venue of Forestry England's Wyre Forest. Activities promote SMSC and PHSE outcomes too. ...

Curriculum Enrichment - Outdoor Learning



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



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



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



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



We offer outstanding outdoor experiences taught through challenge, creativity & curiosity. Experience the creative curriculum through high quality activities, enjoy sole use of our inspiring setting, beautiful accommodation & experienced staff team....

Naturesbase



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



Outdoor Learning, Forest School and Team Building, hands on activities set in the Wyre Forest or location of your choice. These promote Personal and Social Development and can contribute to SMSC and PSHE outcomes for your group. ...

Personal Development- Outdoor Learning



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



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



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



Conwy on the North Wales coast is set in the historic medieval walled town. The castle its self overlooks the important crossing for the Conwy river. It is a really fantastic location just on the edge of town, but within easy walking distance for his...

Pro-Active Adventure Conwy



Learn how to bake bread and grind wheat into flour, explore the stunning grounds and ponds for minibeasts and create beautiful artwork from nature. Enjoy a tour around our organic farm, meet our herd of dairy cows and discover where they live. ...

Day Trips at Bore Place



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



Discover the wonders of the sea at Deep Sea World - Scotland's National Aquarium. Situated under the Iconic Forth Rail Bridge Deep Sea World is home to over 4,000 sea creatures from Starfish to Sand Tiger Sharks there is something for everyone! ...

Deep Sea World Education



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



Manorbier in Pembrokeshire is set on beautiful cliff tops overlooking the Irish Sea. It is a really fantastic location reached by a private road from the nearby village. This is a perfect location for your activity school trip to Pembrokeshire and So...

Manorbier



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 STEM centre. ...

Chatsworth



Learning about the animal kingdom? Travel around the world and come face to face with a range of different animals through virtual reality! Workshops start from £1.99 per pupil! ...

Animals VR Workshop



Bringing the skills needed to survive and thrive in the wild to your students, WiseUp Team Building's Bushcraft Challenge is a fantastic way for learners to get hands on, practical experience. Firelighting, shelter building, natural crafts and more! ...

Bushcraft–We Come To You–Unlimited Numbers



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



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



We grow around 6,000 rare and exotic plant species in 22 subtropical acres, attracting some of the most beautiful wildlife. Our garden creates opportunities to study Geography, Geology, History, Horticulture, and learn about rare plants and wildlife....

Ventnor Botanic Garden



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



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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