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.
A pdf resource pack about tigers and tiger conservation for teachers/home educators is available to download here.
2019 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) : £7.50
Coach drivers are admitted free.
Concessionary price for Isle of Wight school groups: £7.20 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.
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 as a model for your own. This document also includes our code of conduct.