Zoos, Wildlife & Farms

Hobbledown Heath

Schools to be welcomed with animals at new Hobbledown Heath attraction


Hobbledown Heath, a new indoor and outdoor adventure playground in London, will be opening its doors for school trips from June. 

Drusillas Park, East Sussex

School children read stories to zoo animals on World Book Day


Drusillas Park, near Alfriston in East Sussex, invited local school children to share their favourite stories with the animals at the zoo in celebration of World Book Day.

Polar bears Yorkshire Wildlife Park

New facilities and polar bear family at Yorkshire Wildlife Park


Yorkshire Wildlife Park has announced it is welcoming back schools with “new surprises” including animals such as California sea lions and a polar bear family. 

The Deep Primary school

Some of the best experiences linked to sea life and oceans


We’ve selected some of the best educational experiences linked to sea life and oceans for year-round fun for all ages.

Simon Ridley, Head of Lower Prep at Ballard School

Ballard School pupils in Hampshire help Marwell Zoo with fancy dress fundraiser


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.

Ocean Conservation Trust's online resources

How the National Marine Aquarium has developed virtual learning


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. 

Ocean Conservation Trust's online resources

Ocean Conservation Trust provides free weekly online lessons & virtual tours


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. 

Ocean Conservation Trust's virtual tour

Ocean Conservation Trust launches virtual lessons and tours of the National Marine Aquarium


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.

Knowsley Safari's Wellbeing Through Wildlife session

Knowsley Safari introduces Wellbeing Through Wildlife session and virtual tour


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.

The Wildlife Trusts' 30 Days Wild Challenge

Thousands of schools sign up to take part in #30DaysWild


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. 

Monkey World

Monkey World’s free home schooling primate education course


The Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset has released the course to help teachers and students at Key Stages 1-3 learn from home. 

Drusillas Park

Drusillas Park releases online education activities for KS1-3


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. 

Woburn Safari Park

7 places for fantastic school trips in England


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.

Pupils at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Hands-on & interactive activities with ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s adaptation trail


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.


Schools can enter an underwater world with SEA LIFE

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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!

Monkey World

Combining fun with animal education at Dorset’s Monkey World

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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.

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is offering 42,000 free tickets to schools


Schools have until the end of February to enter the Cheshire wildlife attraction’s give-away.

Pupils eating breakfast at Hatton Adventure World

Pupils enjoy ‘hearty cooked breakfast’ at Hatton Adventure World


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. 

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park launches careers session


Designed for Secondary school and college students, the on-site session aims to develop key employability skills.

Drusillas workshop

Exciting animal encounters: Drusillas Park


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.

Pupils at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

10 of the best: Wildlife attractions for a school visit


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.

Houses of Parliament

Case Studies: Ideas for SEND pupils


Two schools have shared their experiences of trips for SEND pupils, one to Magdalen Farm, the other to UK Parliament. 

Paignton Zoo

Wild Planet Trust’s sustainability workshops for Key Stages 1-5


Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts are running six new workshops for Key Stages 1-5.

Primary school pond dipping as part of Wildlife Trusts' study

New report finds benefits in nature activities for pupils


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.

Young conservationists deliver a day of public talks at Chester Zoo as part of a ‘take over’ event

School children ‘take over’ Chester Zoo to talk conservation


Chester Zoo in Cheshire hosted a day of public talks led by young conservationists from schools around the country.

Twycross Zoo

Win a school trip to Twycross Zoo to celebrate Biology Week


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.

Wild Planet's climate change teacher Steve Nash

Wild Planet Trust to offer new workshops with climate change teacher


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

Drusillas Park installs ‘Buddy Bench’ for children to make new friends


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 Coast in Torquay

Marine life workshops: Living Coasts in Torquay


Living Coasts in Torquay covers everything from plastic in the ocean to a penguin encounter.

Niara the okapi calf at Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo announces arrival of endangered okapi calf


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.

Wild Place Project

Wild Place Project launches new bear sculpture trail


The Wild Place Project in Gloucestershire has introduced a new trail, featuring 20 bear sculptures to celebrate the opening of its new bear enclosure. 

Children playing on laptop

Schools win host of prizes as part of Council for Learning Outside the Classroom competition


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).

Watching the penguins at ZSL

Take learning out of the classroom with ZSL

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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.

Child at Hop Farm Family Park

Kent History & Fun: The Hop Farm Family Park


The Hop Farm in Kent features the world’s largest collection of Victorian Oast Houses. 

Chessington World of Adventures School Trips

What’s new for educational trips in 2019


Every year brings with it a new selection of workshops, learning spaces and sites suitable for students.

Students from Flora Gardens Primary School visiting Nethercott House

Life on the Farm: Nethercott House


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 Brickosaurs

Life-sized brick dinosaurs to join the animals at Marwell Zoo in 2019


Marwell Zoo is said to become the first attraction in the world to host the giant brick dinosaurs.


School Travel Awards finalists revealed


Find out who the finalists are for this year’s School Travel Awards, ahead of the ceremony in November.

Hippopotobus at Drusillas Park

Business Studies: Drusillas Park


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!


WWT Wetland Centres launches resources for planning school trips


A new resource to help teachers plan learning outside the classroom has been revealed by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT).

Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo highlights schools offering with milestone visit


Conservation charity Marwell Wildlife has recently celebrated its one millionth student visit to its zoo in Hampshire, showcasing its educational benefits.

Studfold Farm woodland

Fresh air and adventure: Studfold Walks and Trails


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.

School trip to Lee Valley Park Fams

From city to farming first-hand: Lee Valley Park Farms


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. 

Zoo Quest

Chessington launches new zoo trail for schools


Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey has revealed its latest resource, which takes pupils on an exploration trail around the attraction.

Mini ponies

Key Stage 1 and 2 learning supported at Miniature Pony Centre


The Miniature Pony Centre in Devon has a schools programme suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils.

Pupils from Winton Primary School

Lee Valley Park Farms offers ‘Field to Fridge’ school days


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 Cathedral

New trail to teach children about bee conservation


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.


Trips to celebrate World Ocean Day for Schools


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.

Arfur & Eveline chimps at Monkey World

Rainforests: Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre


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.

West Midlands Safari Park

West Midlands Safari Park gets LOtC badge for educational offering


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

Lair of The Giant Crab opens at SEA LIFE Manchester


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.

National Marine Aquarium

New boat trips to allow pupils to explore Plymouth Sound


The National Marine Aquarium has announced it will be offering educational boat trips to explore the Plymouth Sound from this month.

SEA LIFE Blackpool

SEA LIFE Blackpool launches turtle conservation area


The Merlin attraction has now opened its doors to its new turtle rescue zone which allows visitors to learn about conservation.


SEA LIFE London opens new Rainforest Adventure


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.

Ice Age

West Midland Safari Park opens new Ice Age exhibit


The park’s Ice Age exhibit is set to open today (30th March), just in time for Easter and the following school term.

Sacrewell Farm

New school packages and upgraded tractor ride at Sacrewell Farm


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.

Green turtle at National Marine Aquarium

National Marine Aquarium prepares to celebrate British Science Week


The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth will celebrate this year’s British Science Week with a programme of educational activities.

Wild Learning Centre

Learning centre and zoo ‘walkshops’ new for Chessington


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.

Blue Tongued Skink

Hobbledown launches new animal workshops


Hobbledown in Epsom, Surrey, has introduced some new Science themed workshops to its educational offering.

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

Merlin reveals new features at attractions in Manchester


Merlin Entertainments has revealed details of two new features to launch at Sea Life Manchester and Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester, this year.

Farm Camp

Sacrewell Farm prepares Farm Camp for schools


Throughout the summer term, Peterborough-based Sacrewell Farm will be running Farm Camp for pupils and details have been revealed.

Barn Owl

Attractions to inspire birdwatching


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

Star fish display at Sea Life Brighton to support Science


Sea Life Brighton is set to unveil its newest creature installation, Sea Stars, which can be used during a school visit.


More than ever for schools at French National Sea Centre


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

Paultons Park reveals more details of 2018 workshops


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.

Sumatran tiger

Chessington to add to educational offering in 2018


Chessington World of Adventures, in Chessington will be adding some new workshops to its offering come 2018, and will see some new animal arrivals.

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WWF offers new English and Science workshop


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.

SEA LIFE Blackpool

School trips inspired by Blue Planet


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.

Hawk Conservancy Trust

Teaching children about wildlife and nature


School trips to get pupils interested in the world around them and the variety of animals that live among us.

Sea Life Blackpool

New focus on rainforest wildlife at Sea Life Blackpool


Sea Life Blackpool has launched a conservation campaign highlighting the importance of bugs and insects to the world’s rainforests.

Paultons Family Theme Park

Paultons Park to launch new workshops in 2018


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

Drayton Manor introduces new Key Stage 2 workshop


Drayton Manor Theme Park in Tamworth is introducing a new workshop for visiting schools, which ties in with Science.

The importance of LOtC

Research Focus: LOtC and the challenging future


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

Chester Zoo offers free school visits


Chester Zoo has announced that from November to February 2018 school visits will be free.

School pupils at Kidzania

Tackling PSHE: top attraction ideas


STO takes a look at some school trip ideas for teachers to take their class on a PSHE trip.

CLOtC School Roadshows

Roadshows to focus on learning outside the classroom


The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC), will be hosting three School Roadshows for teachers.

The Great Yorkshire Show

School trips to county shows


STO looks at county shows around the country and what they offer visiting schools.

East Ayrshire Council

A Q&A with... The East Ayrshire Council


STO talks to Willie White, education officer for East Ayrshire Council (EAC) to find out why learning outside of the classroom is so important.

Tesco Happy Eat programme

Trips to bring healthy eating to life


STO looks at school trips to teach pupils about nutrition and food provenance.

No school wants to imagine that a crisis could happen on their own school trip. Unfortunately, once every dark day, accidents – which are unpreventable as far as school staff are concerned – happen.

The 5 Ps and school trip crisis control


Ways in which schools can prepare themselves for a crisis, even if it means thinking about the unthinkable.

Marvellous Mini-Beasts session

Longleat adds new education session to Marvellous Monsters exhibition


The Marvellous Monsters exhibition at Longleat, opening on 8th April, will be introducing a brand new education workshop for schools.

Dr Kelsey Herrick

A Q&A with Dr Kelsey Herrick, veterinary expert and LOtC enthusiast


STO speaks to Dr Kelsey Herrick, a veterinarian at SeaWorld California, who relates some of her experiences with LOtC.

Safari Academy

West Midland Safari Park to launch new education centre


This summer a newly built facility specially designed for visiting schools will open, called Safari Academy.

Japanese Crab at Sea Life Brighton

New crustacean exhibition set to open at Sea Life Brighton


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.

RZSS Highland Wildlife Park

Science and Geography at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park


School Travel Organiser looks at the educational sessions available at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park.

Students chalk bashing at Butser Ancient Farm

Itinerary idea: Iron Age to Roman at Butser Ancient Farm


STO takes a look at a typical day at the Butser Ancient Farm for Key Stage 2, concentrating on Iron Age to Roman.

Breakfast at Hatton Country World

Case study: breakfast at Hatton Adventure World


80 school children recently enjoyed a breakfast-focused visit to Hatton Country World in Warwick. Here’s how they got on.

A school group on a Racing to Schools day.

Maths, Science and Art with Racing to School


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.

Dr Sharon Redrobe%2C the chief executive at Twycross Zoo

Twycroos Zoo CEO on the importance of LOtC


School Travel Organiser speaks to Dr Sharon Redrobe from Twycross Zoo about the importance of learning outside the classroom.

Chessington World of Adventures Resort

New workshops mark Science Week at Chessington World of Adventures Resort


To celebrate Science Week, Chessington World of Adventures Resort will be providing special workshops for children.

Kids Country Food and Farming Day

Date for the 2017 Kids Country Food and Farming Day announced


The Kids Country Food and Farming Day will take place again next year for its fifth run, in Peterborough.

Stratford Butterfly Farm

History, Geography and Science at Stratford Butterfly Farm


Stratford Butterfly Farm provides schools with many educational opportunities including an exhibition about the rainforest’s ancient Maya civilisation.

Ocean Invaders

Jellyfish exhibition to open at Sea Life London


Sea Life London has announced plans for a new exhibition called Ocean Invaders, confirmed to open next Easter.

Twycross Zoo

Study Science, Geography and Design at Twycross Zoo


Twycross Zoo offers many educational opportunities for schools including a hands-on experience in designing their own zoo.

Whirlow Hall Farm

Literacy, Maths and Science: learning on a farm


School Travel Organiser finds out what educational activities Whirlow Hall Farm, Sheffield offers to Key Stage 1 to 5.


Study AS and A Level Psychology at Chester Zoo


Chester Zoo offers Psychology workshops for AS and A Level students that concentrate on observing the zoo’s primates.

Children RHS

RHS launches Green Plan It Challenge


The RHS has launched a competition called the Green Plan It Challenge that relates to Science and Citizenship.

Beth Chatto Education Trust Gardens

Outdoor learning at the Beth Chatto Education Trust Gardens


Plant growth and garden birds are high on the learning agenda at the Beth Chatto Education Trust Gardens.


Bill Quay Community Farm expands Primary school programme


Bill Quay Community Farm in Gateshead has expanded its education programme for Primary school students to include more workshops.


One World Adventures launches conservation trips for schools


One World Adventures is a new tailor-made educational programme that provides conservation experience for students between 15 and 18.

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Bring the Science curriculum to life with the help of animals


Nurture your pupils’ enthusiasm for Science with the support of some furry companions at these UK animal-themed attractions.

The Deep

Superhero-themed Science workshops at The Deep


The Deep aquarium in Hull is offering some new superhero-themed workshops in March and April.

The new dinosaur attraction will open in spring

Students become amateur palaeontologists at Port Lympne Reserve


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.

Snakehead Turtle

Itinerary Idea: Sea Life, Brighton


Visit Sea Life Brighton for an itinerary tying in Science, Geography, Art and Drama for Key Stages 1 and 2.

Pupils learning about animal welfare at Wood Green

Learning Literacy, Numeracy and PSHE with animals


We talk to Anna Cowling from Wood Green Animal Shelter about why animal welfare is an important lesson.