Our learning sessions can be tailored to meet the diverse needs of all ages and abilities, including SEND, EBD and SEMH. We aim to make the sessions as inclusive as possible, engaging pupils with the natural world, and developing their social and communication skills.

Our hands-on sessions take place in our themed classrooms in the Conservation Education Centre. Delivered by our dynamic and highly skilled Education Team, we offer a unique learning experience for all ages and abilities. We will incorporate interactive experiences using resources such as live animals, biofacts (skulls, skins, and stuffed specimens) and multimedia.

If you would like to discuss your visit with a member of our education team, please email edubookings@bristolzoo.org.uk with your phone number, and we will call you back as soon as we can.

Visual Story

Designed specifically for students with ASD, this resource will help to prepare your group for a visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens. 

Click here to download the story.



Polar experience - (October half-term to Easter)

A polar explorer greets the group and takes them into a research station to escape the roaring winds outside. The subjects covered may include

  • How animals and explorers survive in cold environments
  • Features of polar regions, including weather and locations
  • The life of an Antarctic penguin through the seasons


Subjects covered may include

  • Basic needs of animals for survival and how animals are suited to their habitats
  • Characteristics of two contrasting habitat types – you may choose from rainforest, polar, desert, coral reef or native woodland
  • Microhabitats and protect of habitats

Rainforest experience

The groups enters a rainforest clearing to the sounds of the jungle

Subjects covered may include

  • Features of rainforests, including weather and locations
  • How animals are suited to the rainforest habitat
  • Human use of rainforests and protecting rainforest


This session has a ‘lucky dip’ content, full of amazing animal facts, with an emphasis on fun-based activities

All sessions will be tailored to the needs and abilities of the group.

How to Book

To make a booking enquiry, please click the button below.

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To find out more, please call 0117 4285 300 or email edubookings@bristolzoo.org.uk.

Now’s your last chance to visit before the Zoo’s last day 03.09.22

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Now’s your last chance to visit before the Zoo’s last day 03.09.22