Education workshops

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As a charity with a longstanding role in nature and conservation education we are committed to providing nature-based learning opportunities for all ages. 

Immersive 15-minute learning hub sessions 

Our schools programme has adapted to align with current requirements. We are leaving the classroom and venturing out into the zoo!

The accommodation of animals in our park has been developed to showcase naturalistic environments which are loosely categorised in thematic areas. ‘Energy for Life’ tropical house (themed around carbon cycles), ‘Wild-explorers’ (themed around conservation efforts), ‘Evolution’ (themed around natural history) and Fur Feathers and Scales (themed around classification) are immersive environments that form the centre stage for conversations about nature and conservation.

Educators and other school group leaders can now book one, or several 15-minute curriculum linked sessions. Pre-booked sessions are available year-round during term time and led by experienced zoo educators who will meet groups of up to 30 pupils at a designated areas in our park.

All topics are suited to all key stages and you can book as many 15-minute hub visits for your school group as you want.

You have the option of keeping focus on the same topic over different hub locations or you can opt to change topic at each hub.

All sessions and topics have clear curriculum links and further details about topic content and hub locations can be found under the headers below. 

The hubs

Hub locations are spread out over the park, please allow sufficient time to move from one hub to the next.

Evolution 2

Located adjacent to the Heart of Africa where viewable species include; giraffe, blesbok, roan antelope, plains zebra and bongo.

Wild Explorers

Located at the start of our wild explorers trail across the African savannah where viewable species include; white rhino, grevy’s zebra, common ostrich and scimitar-horned oryx.

Energy for Life, tropical house

Deep in the heart of Marwell's own living rainforest where viewable species include a range of free flying tropical birds, a variety of fish, javan chevrotain, Burmese mountain tortoise and a Linné's two-toed sloth.

Science & Learning Centre

Located at our Science and Learning centre is an interactive hub designed to feed the curiosity of your pupils through hands on activities using animal biofacts to discover more about the hidden secrets of the natural world.

The topics

All about animals

A general session following pupils' interest and the animals viewable on the day.

This topic is bookable at all hub locations.

Please refer to the ‘all about animals’ overview sheet for more detail [link the words “’all about animals’ overview sheet” to all about animals pdf file] 

Adaptation

How are animals adapted to survival?

This topic is bookable at all hub locations.

Please refer to the ‘adaptation’ overview sheet for more detail 

Classification (Fur, Feathers and Scales)

Ranging from the basics of grouping animals to the more detailed characteristics of the 5 vertebrate groups.

This topic is bookable at all hub locations.

Please refer to the ‘classification’ overview sheet for more detail 

Conservation

How do scientist know which species need help? How does conservation work in the wild and how can individuals help?

This topic is bookable at all hub locations.

Please refer to the ‘conservation’ overview sheet for more detail 

Rainforests

What are rainforests like and why are they important?

This topic is bookable at the ‘Energy for Life (Tropical house)’ hub location and the ‘Science and Learning Centre’ hub location.

Please refer to the ‘rainforests’ overview sheet for more detail 

FAQs 

How many can take part in these workshops?

Up to 30 children can attend a hub at any one time. 

What ages is it aimed at?

We can provide these zoo-educator led outdoor learning experiences for all key stages. 

Will it be under cover?

Hub locations are under or near covered areas. 

Will we get to touch live animals?

We’re choosing not to have pupils handle or touch animals currently. We encourage viewing of animals in their habitat where they are displaying their natural behaviours. 

Will the children get to touch animal artefacts, e.g. skins, skulls etc.

The S&L hub gives the opportunity to see and, if relevant, touch some of our bio-artefacts up close. 

Will it meet covid-19 guidance?

Yes, please refer to our guest guidance for more details.

 

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Alton College, KS5 group

Animal Behaviour Conference: The staff were great and made the session very interactive for the students. This is one of the reasons why we come back every year. Many thanks.Bianca Junge, 7th June 2019

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