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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Open the door to acres and acres of adventure and enter the UK’s biggest zoo. Home to animals including elephants, rhinos and hippos, a visit to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo can get your class close to some of the world’s biggest creatures. With free daily talks and events and downloadable self-guided resources, your class will be fully engaged in their visit and amazed at the animal life they will encounter.
The indoor Butterfly exhibit will bring students through the lifecycle of butterflies from pupae to adult, showcasing colour, camouflage and complex patterns. Check out our new Lifecycles education session that helps students understand lifecycles and get to participate in hands on, interactive games to reinforce their learning.
Enhance your day with an exciting education session from our award-winning Discovery and Learning team. Your students will have the opportunity to develop skills and explore concepts around evolution, biodiversity, climate change and conservation with sessions such as ‘On the Edge, ‘Classification and ‘Habitats’
Designed to link with the national curriculum and exam board syllabi these sessions provide enjoyable hands on experiences, delivered by our discovery and learning team. Your students will have the chance to use objects from the natural world to in a unique learning environment with Whipsnade’s Discovery & Learning Team.
Free talks and shows
Get ready for an unforgettable experience. Explore free talks and shows and get ready for an unforgettable experience. ‘Sealion Splash’ ‘Birds of the World’ and ‘Bear Brunch’ will give your students the opportunity to see our animals up close and and hear our informative keeper talks.
Free self-guided resources
Investigate the Zoo with our wide selection of free self-guided resources as your class tours around the Zoo. These complement our schools sessions and are developed to link to National Curriculum and Exam Board syllabi.
Once you book you are entitled to a free pre-visit to make sure your trip is well planned and you have everything you need for an enjoyable trip.
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Combining curriculum with creatures, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo launches a brand new educational outreach programme in a bid to inspire more local students to protect wildlife – be that overseas, in their own back gardens, or even in their schools.
Primary schools local to the Zoo will be able to book outreach visits – with students having the chance to engage with ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s inspiring educators on the role zoos play in conserving endangered animals, climate change, plastic pollution and other key environmental topics in their own school.
Cat Hickey, Education Engagement Manager at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo said: “At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo we know that people are more likely to act for causes they feel a connection to and are passionate about; and we want to inspire as many young people as possible to work for wildlife.
“Our sessions are aligned with the national curriculum, and with a focus on real conservation action that students can take home, we bring important environmental topics to life – using real-world examples from ZSL’s global conservation projects, from tackling illegal wildlife trade to boosting rare dormice numbers in the UK.
Exploring a variety of fascinating topics including species’ habitats and endangered animals, KS1 students will be tasked with matching animals to their specific habitats, while KS2 sessions focus on students trying to piece together how a fake elephant tooth, a honey jar and a camera trap are all linked.
Showcasing the scale of plastic pollution, KS2 sessions will also be accompanied by a life-size replica tuna fish – helping students understand the journey a single piece of plastic can take from a supermarket shelf to the ocean.
Each session delves into important environmental topics, sparking students’ interest in STEM subjects and bringing them a closer understanding of how wildlife health and human health are so closely interlinked.
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