A grand day out for schools and colleges

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There’s no denying that a visit to the zoo makes for a great day out. It may just seem like somewhere to see some exotic creatures, but by law, zoos in the UK must also play an active role in conservation and environmental education. This is particularly relevant given the increasing urbanisation of many areas, as zoos may represent the most accessible destination for people wishing to get in touch with wildlife. Although many of our activities, such as the sea lion and bird shows and our keeper talks, are aimed mainly at our general visitors, our education programmes are by no means limited to the public! Many of you will have heard of our work in Tanzania with the Udzungwa Forest Project, but you may not be aware that we also do a lot of work with local schools. Each year, thousands of students at every level from early years to post-16 visit the zoo to learn more about the world around them.

Our brand-new education team has been hard at work for the past year, completely revamping our education programmes to link up with the most up-to-date version of the National Curriculum. We now offer a wide range of workshops, guided tours and animal handling sessions, covering topics from care and respect for animals to conservation and captive breeding. We’re even working to introduce talks on business studies and marketing! Although educational visits already attract a substantial discount compared to our usual group rates, this winter we’re aiming to educate as many pupils as possible from our local area – so we’re offering schools in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey the unique opportunity to visit us for an educational session at just £1 per head! This offer only applies from December to February whilst we are closed to the public, so visiting schools will have exclusive access to the zoo and education centre. We’ve already been in touch with the relevant schools and there’s been plenty of interest so far, so it’s shaping up to be a busy winter for us! Schools in Ryedale need not worry – more offers will be on the way in the new year, so get in touch if you’d like us to keep you updated! For schools who may be unable to make it to us, we also have a popular outreach programme where we come to you.

If you are a teacher and are considering bringing your school to Flamingo Land, please contact us for the most up-to-date list of activities we offer. We also offer bespoke options if there’s a particular subject you have in mind. You can call us on 01653 668 287 (ext 225), or email zooeducation@flamingoland.co.uk.