Safari Rangers

Outreach

Our Safari Ranger team is ready and set to visit schools and community groups within 60 minutes of the zoo to deliver exciting interactive workshops to your students - for FREE!

Chester Zoo’s Safari Ranger service was initiated in 2010 offering workshops to schools and community groups on an outreach basis. In 2017 this service got even bigger and better and now has a greater focus on reaching audiences who face barriers to engaging with Chester Zoo, in particular children living in economically deprived areas.

The Safari Ranger Outreach Programme is split into two main areas, one-off workshops and project schools. All activities offered are free of charge. 

Download our teacher guidelines

One off workshops

Our exciting array of interactive workshops cover all sorts of different topics and are tailored to each Key Stage. We have a choice of workshops for each year group from Reception upwards, each lasting 40-60 minutes. You can explore our range of workshops on the links below. They work either as a stand-alone session or as preparation for a zoo visit and we're always happy to discuss your needs beforehand so your pupils have the best possible experience from our visit.

Our intrepid Safari Rangers arrive in the Rangermobile and bring along brilliant resources including biofacts for use in our workshops. Elephant tusks, snake skins, macaw feathers, skulls, porcupine quills or ostrich eggs are just a few of the amazing biofacts which our Safari Ranger uses to engage your pupils about the natural world in our interactive sessions. Our resources really do bring a little bit of the zoo to you!

Just so you know, no live animals are included in our visits.

This offer is available for all schools with the only restrictions being our availability and the travel times listed here;

Travel time from the zoo 
(based on AA route planner)

up to 30 minutes

up to 45 minutes

up to 60 minutes

Minimum number of classes

1

4

7

Maximum number of classes (dependent on 3 Safari Rangers being available)

12

12

12

Start time

9.30am

9.45/10am

10am

Notes

We'd always like to see more than one class to make our visit worthwhile so please check if other classes in your school would like a visit too before you book.

To fit 4 sessions into your school day you may need to be flexible with break times.

To fit 7 sessions into your school day you may need to be flexible with break times

Project schools

This area of our work focusses on schools which face barriers to engaging with Chester Zoo. The criteria for schools being eligible for this service is that they have a high percentage of students receiving free school meals (32% or higher), and that they are within 60 minutes’ drive time from Chester Zoo. Following this schools will be prioritised by those which have not previously visited/been visited by Chester Zoo or have not visited for a long time.

This project approach aims to inspire and enable conservation action through multiple workshops with a common theme.

The delivery offer includes;

  • Kickstarter meeting to introduce the school staff to the project, additional FREE learning resources that we have on offer, and ideas for how the teachers can make this a cross-curricular project for all year groups.
  • Between 2 and 4 Safari Ranger led interactive workshops in the school setting for each class.
  • A visit to Chester Zoo including teaching and activities led by the wider Chester Zoo education team.
  • Creative work to enable reflection and recording of learning.
  • An event or display within school to enable sharing of learning with wider school community.

To find out more about available project topics contact our Safari Ranger Team.

Project ignition

If your school is interested in being a project school but you are not eligible under our project school criteria you can still get involved. Providing you are within the 60 minutes’ drive time from Chester Zoo we can offer the following;

  • Kickstarter meeting to introduce the school staff to the project, additional FREE learning resources that we have on offer, and ideas for how the teachers can make this a cross-curricular project for all year groups.
  • One-off content-based Safari Ranger led workshop in the school setting for all classes.
  • Access to all of our online learning resources to develop the project within your school.

Book a FREE visit

To book a visit to your school, or for more information, you can contact our Safari Ranger team by emailing safariranger@chesterzoo.org or by phone on 01244 389 738. Our Safari Ranger is out at schools for a good part of the day so leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.