SCHOOL VISITS AND WILDHEART OUTREACH
At the Wildheart Trust we are committed to providing high quality learning opportunities for every student, using our knowledge of the natural world to inspire and enhance their educational experience. We love welcoming you to the sanctuary to visit our amazing animals, and in the past, we have loved going out to schools across the Island to teach and inspire the young conservationists of the future.
Like you however we have been adapting to lots of changes including an unprecedented loss of school bookings for two consecutive years. As a result we have had to amend the offer available for school visits this year (2021).
We will now be able to offer you a qualified teacher for your morning visit who will guide you around the sanctuary. If you have a specialised curriculum link for your tour, please let us know in advance and they will ensure that your focus for the guided tour will include aspects of that subject at a level required for your class. During your visit, you will have sole use of the education centre which you can utilise for lunch, bag drop, and any lesson you wish to provide yourselves to your students after their guided tour.
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer outreach sessions this year, but do keep us in mind for 2022.
We continually monitor government guidelines to ensure we have all necessary controls in place to safeguard our visitors. Being a large open-air site means we are ideally placed to offer unique outdoor learning opportunities in a safe environment. If you would like to discuss bringing your class to the sanctuary, please do not hesitate to contact us. We already have rigorous measures in place to keep you safe and we are very happy to work within your school’s own protocols.
If you would like to chat with a member of our team to find out more, please email your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you at the earliest opportunity.
It’ll be grrrrrreat to see you again!
2021 ADMISSION CHARGES FOR SCHOOL/UNIFORMED GROUP BOOKINGS
Please note that you must book your visit in advance if you wish to take advantage of the educational group rates. We are only able to take one school per day so early booking is advised.
Child/student (over 3 years old) : £5.00
Coach drivers are admitted free.
TO MAKE YOUR BOOKING:
Contact the sanctuary to check whether your chosen date is available and to discuss your requirements. You can do this by emailing the Education Department.
IF YOU NEED TO AMEND YOUR BOOKING AFTER IT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED:
Please contact the education officer at the earliest opportunity if you need to change the date or time of your visit or to cancel your booking. During busy periods education sessions become booked up very quickly, so please understand that if you cancel your booked slot, we may not be able to offer you an alternative.
We encourage teachers to make an exploratory pre-visit to the sanctuary free of charge before bringing their pupils. This will help you to plan your day in detail and to carry out your risk assessment.
If you would like to take advantage of this offer please contact the education officer to make the necessary arrangements. If you are unable to visit in advance you are welcome to use our risk assessment as a model for your own. This document also includes our code of conduct.
If you would like a copy of our general site COVID-19 risk assessment, please get request it when you get in touch with us.
NEW RESOURCES FOR HOME EDUCATORS
We are pleased to be able to offer home educators and parents / caregivers at home with kids some additional resources to work through. These combined with out educators pack below provide some educational yet fun projects for your young ones.
Trained education staff at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary have been enthusing young people for the natural world and giving expert insight into conservation issues for many years. We welcome educational groups of all ages and abilities. Educational visits take place during normal sanctuary opening hours.
The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary is proud to have been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.
A pdf resource pack about tigers and tiger conservation for teachers/home educators is available to download here.