Chester Zoo’s Safari Ranger service offers 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.



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To book a FREE workshop, download our booking form, and email it to This means we will have all the information we need to help you with your booking.

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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 a 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. We can also offer a one-off content-based Safari Ranger led workshop in the school setting for all classes, plus access to all of our online learning resources to develop the project within your school.


To find out more about available project topics contact our Safari Ranger team here


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 here. 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.

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

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