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Explore our range of VIRTUAL ZOO curriculum linked workshops!

NOCTURNAL CREATURES

Age group: KS1 – recommended Years 1 & 2
Duration: 50 minutes
Learning space: Virtual Zoo Session delivered remotely to your classroom
COST: £95

Come with us on a journey into the dark in this immersive virtual zoo session.

In this virtual zoo session, join our zoo conservationists as we shine a light on some of the more secretive animals in the zoo, the ones that only come out at night! We’ll discover how they are perfectly adapted to their habitats and nocturnal lifestyle. With a variety of sights and sounds we’ll explore how nocturnal animals use their senses to find food and keep themselves safe. Our Nocturnal Animals virtual zoo session comes with an exclusive set of learning resources for your learners to complete after your live session.

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A RAINFOREST ADVENTURE

Age group: KS2 – recommended Years 3-6
Duration: 50 minutes
Learning Space: Virtual Zoo Session delivered remotely to your classroom
COST: £95

Come with us on a journey to the rainforest on this immersive virtual zoo session.

In this virtual zoo session, join our zoo conservationists on a journey to the rainforest from the comfort of your own classroom. Just make sure you’re dressed for the occasion! We’ll explore the different layers of the rainforest and the incredible variety of species that you can find there. We’ll think about the classification of animals in the rainforest, their adaptations, life cycles and food chains. While they may be incredible places, sadly rainforests are under threat. We’ll explore the causes of deforestation with a particular focus on South Asian rainforests and the impact of unsustainable palm oil production. We’ll show how Chester Zoo prevents extinction and talk about the small changes we can all make to act for wildlife.

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ASK CHESTER ZOO – A VIRTUAL ZOO SESSION 

Age group: KS1 to Post 16
DURATION: 25 minutes
Learning Space: Virtual Zoo Session delivered remotely to your classroom
COST: £60

Do you have a specific class topic that you’d like to ask us about? Then ASK CHESTER ZOO is for you!

The Virtual Zoo session can be tailored to fit in with your current topic – from penguins to health and safety and everything in between! This 25 minute virtual session is an opportunity for you to have a Q+A session with Chester Zoo experts from the comfort of your own classroom. Let us know what your topic area is at least 2 weeks in advance and we can prepare additional resources to support your learning.

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CAN’T FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?

Our education team can create a BESPOKE SESSION suitable for students 16+.

If you haven’t been able to find exactly what you’re looking for in the workshops we provide, we’re more than happy to discuss a BESPOKE workshop tailored to the needs of your class. Whether you’re looking for something on careers, endocrinology, animal behaviour, marketing or any other zoo related topic – we can work with you to create the perfect solution for your learners.

Contact our bookings team to discuss your ideas and ask any questions.

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A TALE OF THREE WINTERS 

Age group: KS1 and KS2
Duration: 55 minutes
Learning Space: Virtual Zoo Session delivered remotely to your classroom
COST: £95

In an ever changing world, what lessons can we learn from the past and our present to create the best future for wildlife?

Winter is a magical season but there are many challenges for wildlife at this time of year.

Join us as we travel back in time to meet the Mottershead family, preparing for winter at the start of the zoo’s life. Come with us to consider how things are different today and how our local wildlife gets ready for winter.  We will then take a journey forward to the future and discover what winters of the future might have in store.

Is there anything we might want to change we wonder?

‘A Tale of Three Winters’ is an interactive virtual session which includes elements of theatre, live activities with our team of zoo experts and footage of animals around the zoo. It’s the perfect winter treat for your learners…with an extra special festive surprise included!

THIS SESSION IS AVAILABLE FROM 30TH NOVEMBER 2020

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HISTORY OF THE ZOO

Age group: KS1 and KS2 
Duration: 50 minutes 
Curriculum links: History  
Learning Space: Virtual Zoo Session delivered remotely to your classroom 
COST: £95 

Join us on a walk through time to hear tales from the zoo’s past, meet the Mottersheads and discover how we become the most visited zoo in the UK from very such humble beginnings.

Our exciting new virtual session will allows your students to explore the zoo’s history, meet the main characters and understand the role they played in the early day of the zoo.

From humble beginning how did Chester Zoo become the most visited zoo in the UK? What was life like in the early days in the zoo for the keepers and how has it changed? Together we can explore extraordinary times the world has seen since the zoo began in the 1930s.

THIS SESSION IS AVAILABLE FROM NOVEMBER 2020

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PREVENTING EXTINCTION: CONSERVATION AT CHESTER ZOO

Age group: KS3 – recommended Years 7-9
DURATION: 50 minutes
Learning Space: Virtual Zoo Session delivered remotely to your classroom
COST: £95

Come with us on a journey around the world in this immersive virtual zoo session.

Here at Chester Zoo, our mission is preventing extinction. We’ll explore some of the zoo species that are most at risk and discover how the zoo works with these species both at home and around the world.

Students will: investigate the threats to biodiversity; learn more about the species that are affected; look at how we implement our specialisms as part of a conservation plan. This interactive workshop will explore how Chester Zoo’s involvement in 60 different projects, in 21 countries and in partnership with 51 different organisations, is helping to conserve species and we’ll explore the ways that your learners can act for wildlife to help out too.

THIS SESSION IS AVAILABLE FROM NOVEMBER 2020

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JAGUAR GENETICS: A MELANISM CASE STUDY

Age group: KS4 – Years 10-11
DURATION: 50 minutes
Learning Space: Virtual Zoo Session delivered remotely to your classroom
COST: £95

Join us for a virtual exploration into the science behind the spots!

What exactly is a black panther? What causes some animals to be different colours? And why is it so important for zoos to think about genetics when trying to save threatened species? We’ll reveal the answers to all these questions and more during this exciting 50 minute virtual zoo session.

With jaguars acting as our case study, we’ll use a combination of live Q&As and activities, as well as pre-recorded video content, to explore and apply Mendelian genetic theory. From phenotypes to genotypes, inheritance to Punnett squares – we’ve got it covered.

Whether taught as an introduction to the topic, or as a revision exercise, we’ll help to provide real-world context to reinforce your classroom learning.

THIS SESSION IS AVAILABLE FROM NOVEMBER 2020

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We have LOTS of downloadable learning resources available to you for free, to help support your learning back in the classroom, before and after a visit to Chester Zoo.

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What ELSE do we offer?

Whether you want to visit the zoo, have us come to your school or you want to sign up for our virtual zoo visits – or all three – we’re sure we’ve got an offer that will suit your needs.  Our team are always happy to help with any enquiries you may have too.

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