We’ve selected some of the best educational experiences linked to sea life and oceans for year-round fun for all ages.
A lockdown fundraiser thought up by two pupils at Ballard School in New Milton has raised almost ten times the fundraising target amount for Marwell Zoo.
We spoke to Stu Higgs, the schools programme manager for the National Marine Aquarium, as well as a school about their experience of the virtual sessions.
The lessons are being broadcast from the National Marine Aquarium, part of the trust, and also aim to provide children and their parents and teachers with some of the wellbeing benefits linked to watching aquatic life.
The Ocean Conservation Trust, which runs the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, has released downloadable lessons and virtual tours, using the ocean as a hook for teachers to deliver all subjects of the curriculum.
The learning and discovery team at Knowsley Safari in Prescot, Merseyside have launched an on-site Wellbeing Through Wildlife workshop to support children’s mental health, along with a virtual tour for schools unable to visit yet.
Schools can sign up for free and download a pack of resources to help plan the wild month as well as receiving ideas to inspire them to stay wild beyond June.
The Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset has released the course to help teachers and students at Key Stages 1-3 learn from home.
While physical school visits aren’t possible at the moment, children can still learn plenty about animals and their environments with a range of free home education resources released by the zoo.
With the Coronavirus affecting school visits abroad for now, there’s plenty of top attractions closer to home for future planning towards the end of this year and into the next.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s new Interactive Adaptation Trail aims to provide teachers with a route around the site to visit as many enclosures as possible, with special activities along the way.
SEA LIFE attractions are well-known for super fun days out, or perhaps as an exciting and rewarding end of term trip - but there’s much more. Think you know everything about them? Think again!
School groups of all ages and levels of study can see conservation in action at Monkey World, which offers a range of talks and curriculum-linked workshops.
Schools have until the end of February to enter the Cheshire wildlife attraction’s give-away.
A group of Primary school children were collected by a tractor & open-top trailer and taken to an animal park in Warwickshire to learn about the importance of eating a hearty breakfast.
Designed for Secondary school and college students, the on-site session aims to develop key employability skills.
The small family-run zoo near Alfriston in East Sussex houses a range of exhibits which are targeted towards children between two and ten-years-old.
We’ve done the research so you don’t have to, picking out ten brilliant attractions which provide a wild day out away from the classroom.
Two schools have shared their experiences of trips for SEND pupils, one to Magdalen Farm, the other to UK Parliament.
Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts are running six new workshops for Key Stages 1-5.
A new report commissioned by The Wildlife Trusts has shown that Primary school children can improve their wellbeing by taking part in different nature-based activities.
Chester Zoo in Cheshire hosted a day of public talks led by young conservationists from schools around the country.
Twycross Zoo has teamed up with the University of Leicester to host Genetics Outreach Day, which will see three schools win a complimentary educational trip.
A group of Primary school children and their teachers were treated to a day out at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, courtesy of coach company Bakers Dolphin.
The head of education for Wild Planet Trust, the charity with zoos in Devon, Torquay and Cornwall, will offer new workshops this September after becoming a UN Accredited Climate Change teacher.
Drusillas Park in Alfriston, East Sussex has added a ‘Buddy Bench’ for pupils who want to make new friends on their trip to the zoo.
Living Coasts in Torquay covers everything from plastic in the ocean to a penguin encounter.
Marwell Zoo in Winchester has welcomed a rare okapi calf into the world, offering visiting pupils the chance to witness the uncommon animal in captivity alongside its other attractions for school trips.
The Wild Place Project in Gloucestershire has introduced a new trail, featuring 20 bear sculptures to celebrate the opening of its new bear enclosure.
Five schools have won a host of free trips and workshops as part of a competition to celebrate 10 years of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC).
Education is at the heart of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) which has two zoos in the UK - London Zoo & Whipsnade Zoo. Discover the experiences on offer for your next school visit.
The Hop Farm in Kent features the world’s largest collection of Victorian Oast Houses.
Every year brings with it a new selection of workshops, learning spaces and sites suitable for students.
Fresh air, team activities and exposure to the working world made for a trip to remember for 39 pupils from Flora Gardens Primary School in London.
Marwell Zoo is said to become the first attraction in the world to host the giant brick dinosaurs.
Find out who the finalists are for this year’s School Travel Awards, ahead of the ceremony in November.
Drusillas has over 100 species of animal including penguins, monkeys, lemurs, meerkats, sloths, camels and flamingos, as well large play areas, Hello Kitty Secret Garden and a new three ride attraction Go Safari!
A new resource to help teachers plan learning outside the classroom has been revealed by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT).
Conservation charity Marwell Wildlife has recently celebrated its one millionth student visit to its zoo in Hampshire, showcasing its educational benefits.
Counting rabbits, navigating a maze and building a den were all part of a day of fun, fresh air and adventure enjoyed by a group of pupils from North Yorkshire.
The pupils from Winton Primary School in King’s Cross visited Lee Valley Park Farms to meet the animals and learn about how milk is made during a Field to Fridge guided tour.
Children from four Weston-Super-Mare schools recently boarded a Bakers Dolphin coach for a trip to Longleat Safari Park, courtesy of Rotary International and KidsOut.
Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey has revealed its latest resource, which takes pupils on an exploration trail around the attraction.
The Miniature Pony Centre in Devon has a schools programme suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils.
Lee Valley Park Farms in Essex is offering schools a ‘Field to Fridge’ day to enable them to meet animals and learn about milk production.
St Davids in Wales has recently been announced as the first ‘Bee Friendly’ city in the country and has launched a themed tourist trail, suitable for school children.
We take a look at some ocean-inspired trips to tie in with a new initiative, World Ocean Day for Schools, which aims to engage the younger generation in conversations about the world’s oceans.
Boost your student’s learning at Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre, where a dedicated education team can lead your class in a curriculum-focused workshop or talk.
The Education Department at West Midland Safari Park has recently been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge for its educational visits.
SEA LIFE Manchester’s new deep-sea attraction, Lair of The Giant Crab, features two giant Japanese spider crabs, amongst other ‘monster-sized’ sea creatures.
The National Marine Aquarium has announced it will be offering educational boat trips to explore the Plymouth Sound from this month.
The Merlin attraction has now opened its doors to its new turtle rescue zone which allows visitors to learn about conservation.
The new feature will allow school groups to discover the UK’s largest population of Piranhas and learn about some of the world’s most venomous jungle critters.
The park’s Ice Age exhibit is set to open today (30th March), just in time for Easter and the following school term.
The farm in Peterborough has revealed its upgraded tractor trailer which aims to make school visits even more attractive along with some new educational packages.
The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth will celebrate this year’s British Science Week with a programme of educational activities.
Chessington World of Adventures Resort in Surrey will open a new Wild Learning Centre this year, where pupils can experience hands-on activities supporting the national curriculum.
Hobbledown in Epsom, Surrey, has introduced some new Science themed workshops to its educational offering.
Merlin Entertainments has revealed details of two new features to launch at Sea Life Manchester and Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester, this year.
Throughout the summer term, Peterborough-based Sacrewell Farm will be running Farm Camp for pupils and details have been revealed.
With events such as the Big Garden Birdwatch and the Big School Birdwatch taking place this month, we look at attractions to get children learning about our feathered friends.
Sea Life Brighton is set to unveil its newest creature installation, Sea Stars, which can be used during a school visit.
On 19th May, a massive expansion of NAUSICAA, the French National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer, will open to the public.
Paultons Family Theme Park in Hampshire will be launching seven new school workshops, suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 and covering a range of topics in the New Year.
Chessington World of Adventures, in Chessington will be adding some new workshops to its offering come 2018, and will see some new animal arrivals.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is offering a new workshop at The Living Planet Centre in Surrey, to tie in with both English and Science for Key Stages 1 and 2.
With Blue Planet being watched all over Britain since it hit our screens again a fortnight ago, we suggest some inspired trips to take your class on.
School trips to get pupils interested in the world around them and the variety of animals that live among us.
Sea Life Blackpool has launched a conservation campaign highlighting the importance of bugs and insects to the world’s rainforests.
Paultons Family Theme Park, in Hampshire, will be introducing new wildlife themed workshops suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils come 2018.
Drayton Manor Theme Park in Tamworth is introducing a new workshop for visiting schools, which ties in with Science.
STO looks at a new study from Planet Ark that suggests that teaching children outside the classroom can give them the skills they need to tackle the challenges of the future.
Chester Zoo has announced that from November to February 2018 school visits will be free.
STO takes a look at some school trip ideas for teachers to take their class on a PSHE trip.
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC), will be hosting three School Roadshows for teachers.
STO looks at county shows around the country and what they offer visiting schools.
STO talks to Willie White, education officer for East Ayrshire Council (EAC) to find out why learning outside of the classroom is so important.
STO looks at school trips to teach pupils about nutrition and food provenance.
Ways in which schools can prepare themselves for a crisis, even if it means thinking about the unthinkable.
The Marvellous Monsters exhibition at Longleat, opening on 8th April, will be introducing a brand new education workshop for schools.
STO speaks to Dr Kelsey Herrick, a veterinarian at SeaWorld California, who relates some of her experiences with LOtC.
This summer a newly built facility specially designed for visiting schools will open, called Safari Academy.
A new exhibition, which welcomes school visits, is opening on 1st April at Sea Life Brighton, and could be a good idea for pupils studying Science.
School Travel Organiser looks at the educational sessions available at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park.
STO takes a look at a typical day at the Butser Ancient Farm for Key Stage 2, concentrating on Iron Age to Roman.
80 school children recently enjoyed a breakfast-focused visit to Hatton Country World in Warwick. Here’s how they got on.
Watch your students clip clop their way to educational success with Racing to School – a charity that supports young people’s learning by encouraging an interest in horseracing at a number of UK racecourses.
School Travel Organiser speaks to Dr Sharon Redrobe from Twycross Zoo about the importance of learning outside the classroom.
To celebrate Science Week, Chessington World of Adventures Resort will be providing special workshops for children.
The Kids Country Food and Farming Day will take place again next year for its fifth run, in Peterborough.
Stratford Butterfly Farm provides schools with many educational opportunities including an exhibition about the rainforest’s ancient Maya civilisation.
Sea Life London has announced plans for a new exhibition called Ocean Invaders, confirmed to open next Easter.
Twycross Zoo offers many educational opportunities for schools including a hands-on experience in designing their own zoo.
School Travel Organiser finds out what educational activities Whirlow Hall Farm, Sheffield offers to Key Stage 1 to 5.
Chester Zoo offers Psychology workshops for AS and A Level students that concentrate on observing the zoo’s primates.
The RHS has launched a competition called the Green Plan It Challenge that relates to Science and Citizenship.
Plant growth and garden birds are high on the learning agenda at the Beth Chatto Education Trust Gardens.
Bill Quay Community Farm in Gateshead has expanded its education programme for Primary school students to include more workshops.
One World Adventures is a new tailor-made educational programme that provides conservation experience for students between 15 and 18.
Nurture your pupils’ enthusiasm for Science with the support of some furry companions at these UK animal-themed attractions.
The Deep aquarium in Hull is offering some new superhero-themed workshops in March and April.
Port Lympne Reserve has announced that preparations are underway for a new dinosaur attraction, and visiting pupils will be able to dig for fossils and try their hand at palaeontology.
Visit Sea Life Brighton for an itinerary tying in Science, Geography, Art and Drama for Key Stages 1 and 2.