The Curraghs Wildlife Park is one of the island’s best education resources. We offer a wide range of options for school visits, our aim being to inspire children with a love for wildlife and to make learning memorable and exciting. The Park is arranged in geographical areas, with many of the animals roaming free in open, walk-through paddocks; our teaching sessions in the classroom use live animals to give children the opportunity to experience the wonder of nature at close up. (*Download this document at foot of page)
The flexible option, welcome all year round (even when the Park is closed to the public)
We aim to meet the individual needs of every school group, whether you want to cover part of the National Curriculum or just have a fun day out. You can either opt for the freedom to organise your own exploration of the Park, or ask for the assistance of Liz to help organise your day.
A CD containing a variety of teacher resources is available on request
Teaching sessions in our classroom, using live animals, are available throughout the year on a variety of topics to suit your requirements. Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes and must be pre-booked. (Maximum number of children per session is 28)
The most popular topics are:
Skeletons and Movement
Other topics available on request. We will always meet your needs if at all possible. Popular additional topics in 2012/2013 were Australian Wildlife and African Wildlife.
Full day of activities for reception classes. Numbers limited to one teaching group per day.Colour-Me-wild won the BIAZA “Best Education Project” in the Small Zoo category 2009
This popular event is designed to teach the children about colour and camouflage through a carefully planned programme of games and activities. Most of the activities are indoors so that the event can go ahead in all weather.
A perennial favourite, this popular event teaches pupils about the important of tropical rainforests and why their conservation is so vital. A variety of presentations and activities bring the topic to life in a fun way - the only difficulty is fitting it all in so don’t be late! Early booking is essential as this event usually books up quickly. Mostly indoors.
(Visits with a Rainforest topic can be booked all year round (usually a half day in the classroom) but the full Rainforest Magic day workshop is only available in the Spring term because of the need to decorate the classroom and buy in resources.)
A chance for younger pupils to bring a favourite teddy to share their school trip. Includes:
*A written invitation from the Wildlife Park, and issue of “Teddy Bear Passports” to colour in and bring with to be stamped!
*A welcome meeting and a chance for the teddies to see a slide show of their wild bear cousins
*A bear hunt round the Park to find hidden teddy pictures
*A hands-on encounter with a difference : interactive story incorporating “Bertie's New Friends” Find out who Bertie the bear meets when he goes on an adventure to the Wildlife Park
Special Needs groups always welcome. Phone anytime to discuss your needs
All visits and education services are currently free to Isle of Man Dept of Education Schools