12 Aug 2023

To celebrate World Elephant Day, we’ve worked in collaboration with the Deafness Support Network to create the first British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation at a UK zoo!


24 Jul 2023

On 6 July 2023, Chester Zoo welcomed representatives from 11 schools who took over our education programme for the day to share their passion for wildlife and what matters to them.


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6 Jul 2023

Yesterday evening we hosted our annual Conservation Schools Awards celebration evening. We wanted to recognise those who go above and beyond to educate the next generation about conservation, celebrating excellence across the whole education sector.

The awards ceremony was hosted in The Square, where we were joined by our shortlisted nominees and a number of invited guests including our Chair of Trustees and representatives from our Curriculum Advisory Panel and our Youth Board.

We’re delighted to share with you the winners of our 2023 awards and their stories:

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6 Jun 2023

During Power of Youth Day and to celebrate Volunteers Week 2023, we take the opportunity to recognise the achievements of young people engaged in Youth Volunteering at Chester Zoo and in the community.

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4 May 2023

One of the highlights of the Spring term has been the launch of Chester Schools Sustainability Network, which brings together student representatives and teachers from high schools across Chester and Wirral to discuss a topic they are passionate about.

26 Apr 2023

Young adults from the NeuroMuscular Centre, Winsford celebrated their Duke of Edinburgh volunteering achievements at our historic Oakfield venue earlier this year. The event was an opportunity for the volunteers to share their experience of volunteering at the zoo and celebrate with their family and friends.


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24 Nov 2022

For several years, Chester Zoo have been working with schools across the region to embed conservation and sustainability at the heart of the school curriculum. Through activities like the IgniteZoo project and our schools outreach projects we’ve been engaging with young people to inspire the conservationists of the future.

In the Autumn term, nearly 100 young people from 11 schools took over the zoo with a programme of talks, visitor engagement activities and expressive arts performances, exploring solutions to the global extinction crisis.

“We hope that people come out of this with a deeper understanding that animals are close to extinction and realise that they really need the help.”

St Bernard’s Primary School pupils.

Young conservationists from the schools engaged with zoo visitors, speaking passionately about topics such as sustainable palm oil, the illegal wildlife trade, fast fashion and the impact of plastics and waste in the world’s oceans.

Sean Dick, Learning Operations Manager, said: 

“To see so many young people ‘takeover’ Chester Zoo is truly amazing. These young conservationists are our future leaders, and they are already taking action to protect our planet. 

We believe that wildlife conservation should become a core component of the education system nationwide, taught across the curriculum in every year group for every child and young person. 

This is critical to the future of the planet they will inhabit; it is as important as any other aspect of their education. These are the issues our young people care about; you can see the passion and authenticity that they speak with, and we have to empower them with the skills to solve the challenges we are facing as a society.”

By developing our outreach project work and teacher CPD in partnership with academic experts and teachers, we have created a model that integrates conservation in a cross-curricular approach – from art, science and geography, through to English, maths and IT.  In doing this, the teachers and our education team encourage young people to look at real world issues from many different perspectives and apply their learning in a tangible way.

It’s through events like our School’s Takeover Day that young people get to take everything they’ve learned in school and showcase this by becoming a voice for change in conservation.  By giving them a platform, we hope that they feel more empowered to speak confidently about these important issues in the future.

“I think it’s good for the zoo to get involved with teaching young people, because we’re the next generation and if we don’t do something about it, then nobody else will”

-St Mary’s Catholic College pupils 

19 Aug 2022

We’ve launched two brand new games to engage even more people with our Sustainable Palm Oil campaign!

6 Jun 2022

Today is Power of Youth day, and we’re shining a light on the amazing contribution young volunteers make here at the zoo and in their local communities.

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2 Jun 2022

It’s Volunteers’ Week, and we want to say a huge THANK YOU to the amazing team of community volunteers working across our Nature Recovery Corridor project!