School Visits

Since 2008 we have been one of Kent’s most popular destinations for school visits and since that time we have listened to you input to improve our facilities and services to make this one of the best educational supplements to your classroom learning.  Please take a look through these pages to see what we are able to offer you for your next school visit.

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Educational Days out in Kent’s Top Wildlife Attraction:

  • More species than any other wildlife park or zoo in Kent
  • The largest collection of animatronic dinosaurs in Kent
  • Key stage 1 & 2 keyword signs
  • 22 classroom talks
  • Talks available for ANY of our species, giving us more educational talks than any other venue in the county
  • Secure place to leave lunch bags / boxes
  • Free risk assessment visit for 2 staff members per visit
  • Suggested itineraries for popular topics
  • A chance for students to get close to animals

Visits Tailored to your Age Group:

We listened to your comments (after your visit please take the time to fill in the email questionnaire as it does make a difference) and have given the control about what you are taught to you.  Please click the right link below to be taken to specific visit information for your age group and take a look at the talk topics below to see which might be of most interest to you and can fit in best to what you are currently teaching.  The talks will be tailored to your age group to ensure that your students are only getting the information which is relevant to them.

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Our Educational Talks:

For sessions in our education center where we may be able to offer contact with props (we are currently not offering handling of live animals) we have 22 different topics to chose from at the moment:

  • 5 more minutes – the one about hibernation and winter survival skills.
  • A bug’s life – the one about the lives and life-cycles of terrestrial invertebrates.
  • Cold blooded – the one about the lives of reptiles around the world.
  • Deserts and their inhabitants – the one about who lives in desserts & how they do it.
  • Different teeth for different jobs – the one about how different types of teeth work.
  • Dinosaurs, fossils and extinctions – the one about prehistoric animals.
  • Evolution of animals, including us – the one about how modern life came about.
  • Forests and their inhabitants – the one about non tropical forests & their inhabitants.
  • Grazing isn’t lazing – the one about herbivores.
  • Human population and chimpanzees – the one about our charity work in Uganda.
  • Jungles and their inhabitants – the one about tropical rainforests & their inhabitants.
  • Let’s talk about poo and pellets – the one where we dissect animal waste products.
  • Life at night – the one about nocturnal animals & their adaptations.
  • Life in the sky – the one about the lives and life-cycles of birds.
  • Living in, under and around water – the one about animals living in & around water.
  • Nature on your doorstep – the one about native British animals.
  • On the hunt; the circle of life – the one about carnivores and the food chain.
  • Rainforest S.O.S – the one about deforestation and the palm oil debate.
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle – the one about how waste affects the planet.
  • Ugly is in the eye of the beholder – the one about how everyone is beautiful.
  • Weird wildlife – the one about unusual adaptations.
  • What’s that sound? – the one about the noises which animals make.

The above sessions are booked in on a first come first served basis during the school arrival process on the day of your visit.  To ensure that school talks are not interrupted we cannot book these in advance due to unknown variables such as traffic.  However, if you want to be able to fit a talk in for your school at a specific time, why not think about booking one of our keeper talks.  This gives you access to talks about ANY one of our animals.  These are done outside the animal enclosure so we cannot guarantee that your group will be the only people there but we will make sure to fit you all in and can advise about space prior to booking.  The talk will be 15 minutes long followed by 15 minutes of questions and answers which will be reserved for your group only.  Just some of the species you can choose from include:

  • Tigers
  • Chimpanzees
  • Flamingos
  • Lions
  • Penguins
  • Lemurs (from outside the exhibit)
  • Tapirs
  • Red pandas
  • Macaws
  • Goats
  • and many more!

Please note that keeper talks need to be discussed and booked in before filling in your booking form.  Please email us using the form below or phone us on 01227 720836 to discuss these talks further.

Itineraries:

If you’re looking for some more ideas about how to make the best out of your day with us or would like to structure your visit around a certain topic, perhaps one of our itinerary ideas would suit your needs?

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What Schools Have Said About Us:

We are very proud to have been such a popular school trip venue since we took the park over in 2008 and have made conscious efforts to get teachers involved in making sure that our educational visits are the best they can be.  We still have some changes we want to make and will continue to increase the number of educational exhibits available for you, however here are some of the things which teachers have said about us using the post visit questionnaire:

Key Stage 1

Great communication, visited a few times but still found risk assessment very useful/ clear.
5.0
2019-06-10T16:21:36+00:00
Great communication, visited a few times but still found risk assessment very useful/ clear.

Key Stage 1

We had a wonderful day. Thankyou so much for making a school trip as pain free and enjoyable as possible.
5.0
2019-06-10T16:17:29+00:00
We had a wonderful day. Thankyou so much for making a school trip as pain free and enjoyable as possible.

Key Stage 1

Very well organised when we arrived, even though there were lots of school groups arriving at the same time.
5.0
2019-06-10T16:19:54+00:00
Very well organised when we arrived, even though there were lots of school groups arriving at the same time.

Key Stage 2

Fab visit. We will definitely be back again. Super staff, excellent venue and goody bags a treat for the teachers too!!

Key Stage 2

5.0
2019-06-07T09:40:27+00:00

Key Stage 2

Fab visit. We will definitely be back again. Super staff, excellent venue and goody bags a treat for the teachers too!!

Key Stage 3

What a fab day out!! it was easy to book when phoned the staff were helpful, they were great when we arrived and the whole day was really good. Brilliant disabled access throughout which was really great and the disabled toileting area with hoist for our group was a real help. Thank you for a fab day we will definitely be back!
5.0
2019-06-10T16:19:15+00:00
What a fab day out!! it was easy to book when phoned the staff were helpful, they were great when we arrived and the whole day was really good. Brilliant disabled access throughout which was really great and the disabled toileting area with hoist for our group was a real help. Thank you for a fab day we will definitely be back!

Key Stage 2

We thought the staff were helpful and well informed. They were very kind and helped when one child fell and needed some first aid. There were plenty of seats for lunch, and overall the children were very happy to have enjoyed the day. Thank you.
5.0
2019-06-10T16:21:02+00:00
We thought the staff were helpful and well informed. They were very kind and helped when one child fell and needed some first aid. There were plenty of seats for lunch, and overall the children were very happy to have enjoyed the day. Thank you.

Key Stage 3

A really nice and friendly park. our group is Autistic and it is our second year of visiting. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the park and we will be coming again!
5.0
2019-06-10T16:22:29+00:00
A really nice and friendly park. our group is Autistic and it is our second year of visiting. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the park and we will be coming again!

Key Stage 1

We had a great day and the children all were very excited to talk about what they had learnt when they got home.

Key Stage 1

5.0
2019-06-07T09:35:46+00:00

Key Stage 1

We had a great day and the children all were very excited to talk about what they had learnt when they got home.

Key Stage 1

I regularly visit Wingham as it is close to home and my own son enjoys it. The children in my class all loved the visit and all went home to tell their parents to visit as well.

Key Stage 1

5.0
2019-06-07T09:37:30+00:00

Key Stage 1

I regularly visit Wingham as it is close to home and my own son enjoys it. The children in my class all loved the visit and all went home to tell their parents to visit as well.

Key Stage 2

I have been coming to Wingham for approximately 10 years and I love visiting Wingham. I am impressed with the way it has developed over the years. Better enclosures, signage etc.
5.0
2019-06-10T16:18:42+00:00
I have been coming to Wingham for approximately 10 years and I love visiting Wingham. I am impressed with the way it has developed over the years. Better enclosures, signage etc.

Key Stage 2

I would certainly recommend a visit. Our children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and gained so much from the experience. Thank you.

Key Stage 2

5.0
2019-06-07T09:38:36+00:00

Key Stage 2

I would certainly recommend a visit. Our children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and gained so much from the experience. Thank you.
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