Learning at the Zoo

Boasting a diverse and highly skilled Education Team, we provide unique learning workshops for all ages and abilities. Linked to the National Curriculum, we aim to deliver interactive experiences using resources such as live animals, biofacts and multimedia. We have a wide range of both indoor and outside workshops available at each Key Stage!

If you are not able to visit the zoo in person, why not have the zoo come to you through our outreach programmes 

Digital outreach       Outreach in Schools

Our workshops

Education workshops are FREE from 1 September to February half term. Workshops cost £45 per workshop from February half term to 31 August. They are designed for groups of up to 35 students. Multiple workshops can be run concurrently throughout the day to cater for a whole year group, key stage or school’s needs. 

 

    Dimitri the Amur tiger cub at Whipsnade Zoo
    Bringing learning to life

    Foundation Education Workshops

    Get your students closer to nature with our learning workshops for all ages and abilities. Our interactive sessions provide an opportunity to bring learning to life.

    Chameleon eye close up
    Experiencing the full spectrum of animals

    Key Stage 1 Workshops

    Investigate the natural world and learn about camouflage, habitats and African wildlife!

    School visit at Whipsnade Zoo
    Fascinating animal adaptations

    Key Stage 2 Workshops

    Students can discover the fascinating ways that animals adapt to different habitats and about the threats that different species are facing.

    A Whipsnade Zoo presenter with a four teenage school children
    The life of a conservationist

    Key Stage 3 Workshops

    Learning what it takes to be a Zoologist and how can protect animals from climate change and wildlife crime.

    Chinese pangolin on a tree
    Inspiring future zoologists

    Key Stage 4 Workshops

    An introduction to big conservation ideas through immersive learning, like examining real Customs seizures from the illegal wildlife trade or acting as a zoo ethics board with real life situations.

    Phil the Chimp solving a puzzle at Whipsnade Zoo
    Learn conservation field skills

    Post-16 studies Education Workshops

    Apply real practical science to your learning and study our animals at the Zoo, assessing their intelligence and learning field skills.

    A group of Zoo Academy participants holding browse to feed animals
    For colleges delivering Animal Management qualifications

    College Practical Days

    Are you a college or school delivering Animal Management or other related practical courses? Here at Whipsnade Zoo we offer practical days for small groups of students to support their learning on their course.