School visits

Our education objectives

Our aims are more than visitor enjoyment and we continue to work to further our educational objectives. Our mission is conservation through education and to emphasise its importance, our objectives are published here. We aim to:

  • Inform and stimulate greater interest in Britain’s native wildlife and increase awareness of the need and means to
    conserve it and its habitats.
  • Place public education at the heart of everything we do and make it a key part in every visitor’s experience.
  • Develop facilities for schools and other educational organisations to conduct teaching and field studies.
  • Advance our own knowledge of British wildlife and share this with both the public and the scientific community.

Bring your teaching to life!

With our collection of over forty different species of native wild animals and our team of knowledgeable keepers, the British Wildlife Centre offers the ideal venue to learn about Britain’s own wonderful wildlife. To provide a safe  environment  the Centre will be closed to the public during your visit. Depending on your group size other pre-booked schools may be visiting.

School Visits: Reception to Year 7 - 'Animal Encounters'

Our ‘Animal Encounters’ schools programmes are designed to complement a variety of national curriculum skills and topics in science, history and geography for pupils at Key Stages 1, 2 & 3. These visits are based at the Centre with its collection of over forty different British wild animals and birds. This is a unique opportunity for children to learn about Britain’s wildlife – a real life natural history lesson! Our minimum school group size is 20 children, our maximum is 90. Dates in the spring and summer terms get booked up to a year in advance, so the earlier you can book, the better your chances of visiting on your preferred date. We are now taking bookings for 2021.

September to October 2020:  £8.50 per child
November to February 2020/21: £7.50 per child
March to July 2021 £8.50 per child
One teacher/adult helper free for every 8 children. Adults over this ratio will be charged at the child rate.

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Animal Encounter Highlights

  • Just call or email us to check availability of dates
  • To complete online booking confirmation form
  • Recce visit for teachers in advance (by arrangement)
  • Visit risk assessment document available
On the Day
  • The Centre will be closed to the public during your visit, ensuring a safe, inspiring and focused trip
  • Each group has a dedicated keeper to escort them throughout the tour and provide
    age-appropriate animal talks
  • One teacher free for every 8 children
  • All breaks are taken in our shaded picnic area (if the weather is unsuitable we can accommodate your group in the Visitor Centre)
  • Complementary tea/coffee for teachers at the mid morning break
  • Free coach parking

How to book

Before completing a school visit booking form please contact us first to check availability and to make a provisional booking:
By Phone  01342 834658 (during office hours)
By Email

complete School Visit Booking Confirmation Form

Information to download:
School Visits Booklet – Animal Encounters
Risk Assessment – Animal Encounters

Our Animal Encounters school visits are suitable for Reception classes up to Year 7. Please note we do not take bookings for groups of younger children during school term time.

Secondary schools
Please contact us for details on cost, availability and to discuss your requirements.

Further education
View details of our fully guided tours for A-level, College and University students

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Sadly, during these unprecedented times we have of course had to close to visitors and help minimize the spread of Covid-19 and relieve pressure on the NHS. Our source of income has entirely stopped, whilst many of our costs are ongoing. The feeding and care of our animals is our top priority. Our Head Keeper, Matt and his deputy, Izzy are working very hard and long hours to ensure that our high standards of animal welfare are maintained.

We are appealing for donations to help us to survive during this challenging period. Any donations, large or small, will be very much appreciated. We would love to be here for you when normality returns, so you can enjoy the animals and continue to share our passion for Britain’s wonderful wildlife.

Thank you

Every penny of every donation will go towards the care of our animals.

Payment is made securely by Pay Pal.