Primary School Visits

Whether you are just visiting YWP for a school visit or adding an education session on to your day, your students are guaranteed to have an amazing educational trip at YWP.

Choose your education sessions

Why not incorporate an award-winning education session into your day with us? We have lots of fantastic sessions to choose from, for all Key Stages, from Foundation stage to Key Stage 2. A lot of our education sessions are linked to the national curriculum, click the tabs below to pick the relevant Key Stage!

Take a wild Educational visit to the award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park! Explore Project Polar, home to the only Polar Bears in England! Engage in national curriculum-linked interactive activities and get hands-on with incredible creatures and unique artefacts.

Spot some of the worlds most endangered animals including Amur Leopards and Tigers.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is the perfect fun and safe environment for your next educational expedition and our dedicated award-winning team will take the stress out of planning your trip!

School visits at YWP are self-guided (under 16’s must be supervised at all times), although education sessions can be booked to enhance your visit.

Education Class Outreach

Education Outreach Session

On Park Education

On Park

Education Virtual

Online Session (Video Call)

Aren’t Animals Amazing

During this general fun, hands on education session students will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of animals. They will observe and touch a range of animal artefacts such as skulls, claws, feathers and at least one live animal.

*Only children aged 3 and over will be permitted to handle live animals.

On Park Education
Education Virtual

Animal story time – ‘Joeys Journey’

Children will join in with a story about Joeys Journey which is about the little wallaby that was too scared to jump. The session incorporates lots of animal artefacts, plenty of actions, noises and guess work! *No live animals are used in this session.

On Park Education
Education Virtual

Animal Detectives

Children will help our animal ranger solve the problem of their missing item? They will get clues to work out which animal is the culprit. This is a hands-on session with lots of guess work and animal bio-facts for the students to handle.

*No live animals are used in this session.

On Park Education
Education Virtual

Bear Necessities 

Linking with YWP’s Project Polar and the only Polar Bears in England! Join us for our Bear Necessities session to learn about polar bears through a range of interactive activities. Students will learn about the Polar Bears at YWP, adaptations, their Arctic habitat, threats they face in the wild and what we can do to help. Students will get to handle a replica Polar Bear skull and claws during this session.

Education Class Outreach
On Park Education
Education Virtual

Food Chains and Diet

This session includes a group food chain activity where the children will make simple food chains. Examples of animals who are carnivores, herbivores, omnivores will be used. It involves using a range of animal bio-facts and the use of live animals.

On Park Education

Animal Groups - Fur, Feathers & Scales 

Students will identify and name a range of animals from different animal groups. Animal bio-facts will be used to group animals in various ways and there will be a chance to handle live animals.

On Park Education

Aren't Animals Amazing 

During this general fun, hands on education session students will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of animals. They will observe and touch a range of animal artefacts such as skulls, claws, feathers and at least one live animal.

On Park Education

Roars, Paws & Claws 

During this hands-on education session students will gain knowledge of our three big cat species and the Polar bears. They will learn about their special features such as their paws, claws, whiskers and fur and how these help them survive in the wild. They will observe and touch a range of animal artefacts such as replica skulls, claws and paw prints. *No live animals are used in this session.

On Park Education

World Habitats & Adaptations

Students will learn about desert, polar, savannah and rainforest habitats. They will learn about some of the animals in our collection that live in these various habitats and what they need to survive there. The session includes being hands on with a range of animal bio-facts and live animals

On Park Education

Creepy Crawlies 

This session is all about bugs! Full of fascinating facts all about our giant exotic creepy crawlies through lots of hands-on interactive activities. There is also the opportunity to meet and handle some real bugs.

On Park Education

Virtual School Visit

Bring the excitement of Yorkshire Wildlife Park into your classroom through Skype. This involves a Q&A session with the YWP education team live from Project Polar, home to the only Polar Bears in England! Alternatively, you can book our ‘Aren’t Animals Amazing’ session, brought to you live from the Wildlife Discovery classrooms. This Q & A session also includes looking at some of our bio-facts and even live animals. This session can be booked as a pre- or post-visit experience or as a standalone session.

Education Virtual

Bear Necessities

Linking with YWP’s Project Polar and the only Polar Bears in England! Children will learn about Polar Bears through a range of interactive activities. Students will learn about the Polar Bears at YWP, their adaptations, their arctic habitat, threats they face in the wild and what we can do to help. Students will get to handle a replica Polar Bear skull and claws during this session.

Education Class Outreach
On Park Education
Education Virtual

Endangered Animals & Conservation

Children will learn about the animals in our collection and conservation projects YWPF are involved with. It includes a sorting activity, looking at animal bio-facts from the endangered animals in our collection, as well as items seized by HM Revenues and Customs. Reasons why animals are in danger will be discussed.

*This session is aimed at Year 4+

On Park Education

Aren’t Animals Amazing

During this general fun, hands on education session students will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of animals. They will observe and touch a range of animal artefacts such as skulls, claws, feathers and at least one live animal.

On Park Education

World Habitats

The session will focus on African Savannahs, polar, desert and rainforest habitats and some of the animals that live there. This session involves a habitat game activity, animal bio - facts and live animals.

On Park Education

Teeth and Eating

Will involve a group food chain activity to show how energy flows through a food chain with all associated terms used. Involves bio-facts including skulls, teeth, live animals and interesting examples from the YWP.

On Park Education

Animal Adaptations 

This session focuses on several animals in YWP’s collection and looks at their special adaptations. Students will get to handle a range of animal bio-facts and live animals.

On Park Education

Animal Groups & Classification 

In this session students will learn about and use a simple classification key as part of an activity. Students will get to handle a range of animal bio-facts and live animals.

On Park Education

Adaptations & Evolution 

This session is aimed at year 6 students who are currently learning about the topic of evolution. The session focuses on animal adaptations, exploring why some animals have changed so much over a long period of time and how fossils have given us clues to the past. Links are made to Charles Darwin and the theory of natural selection and palaeontologist Mary Anning. *No live animals are used in this session.

On Park Education

Creepy Crawlies 

This session is all about bugs! Learn some fascinating facts all about our giant exotic creepy crawlies through lots of hands-on interactive activities. There is also the opportunity to meet and handle some real bugs.

On Park Education

Virtual School Visit

Bring the excitement of Yorkshire Wildlife Park into your classroom through Skype. This involves a Q&A session with the YWP education team live from Project Polar, home to the only polar bears in England! Alternatively, you can book our ‘Aren’t Animals Amazing’ session, brought to you live from the Wildlife Discovery Classrooms. This Q & A session also includes looking at some of our bio-facts and even live animals. This session can be booked as a pre or post visit experience or as a standalone session.

Education Virtual

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