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Bringing learning to life!


“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught” (Baba Dioum, 1968)


These days, zoos and wildlife parks have a vital role to play in educating people about wildlife and its conservation. Our planet’s true wealth – its biodiversity – has never looked more fragile. It will survive only if people are taught to realise its value and to care.

The Curraghs Wildlife Park, with its unique wetland setting and animals from around the world, is an exciting and inspirational place of learning for all ages. Nothing compares to coming face to face with real animals – with their help we can make learning an unforgettable experience.

We now also run a lively Public Education Programme designed to deliver informal learning opportunities for all our visitors. With the help of volunteers, we run a wide range of talks, presentations, displays and activities. The focus is always on fun and enjoyment, so it’s quite likely that visitors won’t even notice they are learning! Choose one of the many workshops from our Education Programme, or just get in touch (liz.brunswick@gov.im) to discuss how you’d like us to plan a session especially to suit your topic.

A hands-on encounter with some of the Park’s invertebrates and reptiles is normally included in most of our sessions.

Our Education Programme caters to all levels of education.

Foundation Level

It’s never too early to start learning about our amazing planet and the animals who share it! For most children, a school trip to the Park is an exciting experience that they remember for many years to come.

For some classes, a walk round the Park looking at the animals, with time to stop for a play on our adventure playgrounds, is the best option. Many groups, however, enjoy a session in the classroom during which they can get close up* to a few strange creatures!

See the Education Programme for some exciting workshops designed especially for this age group, or get in touch (liz.brunswick@gov.im) to discuss how you’d like us to plan a session especially to suit your topic.

Key Stage 1

Children at this stage of school benefit enormously from a trip to the Park. So much of what they will encounter is brand new to them, yet they are old enough to engage with what they see and ask lots of questions. We know from teacher feedback that the visit makes a big impact on them, providing many opportunities for meaningful follow-up learning.

Most of the topics in our Education Programme can be adapted for this age group, or we can tailor a session to your particular requirements.

Key Stage 2

With their growing awareness of the natural world, children in this Key Stage will always benefit from having the curriculum brought to life by a visit to the Wildlife Park!

There’s a wide choice of education sessions and workshops listed in the Education Programme to suit this Key Stage; however please talk to us if you would like a session more closely tailored to your particular topic.

Key Stage 3

Liven up your timetable with a trip to the Wildlife Park! Whether it’s a team building day out, a workshop to support your study, or an off-timetable enrichment trip, we can provide a variety of trails and education sessions to keep your students engaged.

 If you don’t see a topic in the Education Programme to suit you, please talk to us about what you would like to do and we will try to accommodate you.

Please remember that teachers are responsible for the behaviour of pupils whilst at the Park. We would appreciate it if you could ensure that pupils and staff adhere to our Code of Conduct whilst at the Wildlife Park to ensure a safe and enjoyable time for everyone.

 

To book a school trip, please contact our education officer Liz Brunswick by email liz.brunswick@gov.im or by phone on 693582.