Trained education staff at the Isle of Wight Zoo have been enthusing young
people for the natural world and giving expert insight into conservation issues for many years. We welcome educational groups of all ages and abilities. Educational visits take place during normal zoo opening hours.
The Isle of Wight Zoo is proud to have been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
Our Education Centre.
2017 Admission charges
Please note that you must book your visit in advance if you wish to take advantage of the educational group rates.
Child/student (over 3 years old) :
£7.25 inc VAT
Coach drivers are admitted free.
Concessionary price for Isle of Wight school groups: £6.95 per child/student
To make your booking:
Contact the education officer to check whether your chosen date is available and to discuss your requirements.
You can do this by emailing the Education Department
or telephoning the Education Office on 01983 403883 (Ext 4). We are often busy out on the site so you may need to leave a message.
Experience has shown us that groups get the most from their visit if they book an education session. We make no additional charge for these sessions.
If you book a general education session your group will receive a short talk followed by a zoo tour. The content of the session will be pitched at an appropriate level for your students and will include animal behaviour, adaptation, habitats and wildlife conservation.
Alternatively you may prefer a taught session on a particular topic. We are always happy to provide such sessions as long as we are given sufficient notice of your learning objectives.
Please also let us know if any of your pupils have specific needs.
Pre- or post- visit activities
If you are looking for some fun but thought-provoking activities to do at school before or after your visit there are some carefully-developed free resources on the website of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).
The 'What do Good Zoos do?’ resource pack is aimed at KS2 students but could be adapted for use with older or younger students. The pack includes lesson plans and resources for three classroom activities, pupils’ information sheets and background information for teachers.
The resources can be downloaded from http://www.biaza.org.uk/education/goodzoosresources
If you need to amend your booking after it has been confirmed:
Please contact the education officer at the earliest opportunity if you need to change the date or time of your visit or to cancel your booking. During busy periods education sessions become booked up very quickly, so please understand that if you cancel your booked slot, we may not be able to offer you an alternative.
We encourage teachers to make an exploratory pre-visit to the zoo free of charge before bringing their pupils. This will help you to plan your day in detail and to carry out your risk assessment.
If you would like to take advantage of this offer please contact the education officer to make the necessary arrangements.
If you are unable to visit in advance you are welcome to use our risk assessment to use as a model for your own.
Download a copy of our risk assessment