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Conservation Academy

Our Conservation Academy was created to provide a fun and educational opportunity to those who are passionate about animals or simply want to try something new. Our staff often comment that delivering these experiences are one of the highlights of their year. Why not see if a new experience interests you?


The ‘Rangers’ is a fully interactive, three-day workshop that will have kids thrilled with animal encounters and activities designed to engage, educate and entertain. Open to children aged 6-12 and available during all the school holidays, Rangers provides parents with a fascinating, fun, and educational alternative to childcare.

We will even take care of mealtimes with a choice of nutritious hot meals, snacks, and drinks.

Led by zoo staff, the three-day workshops will keep the children busy and entertained from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Cost: £150.00 per person 

2022 dates:

Monday 1st – Wednesday 3rd August SOLD OUT

Monday 22nd – Wednesday 24th August  SOLD OUT

Monday 29th – Wednesday 31st August NEW DATE

To book, please call us on 01752 837645 to check that there are spaces left before you pay.

Rangers Academy

Open to students aged between 13 – 18, this course offers animal management and veterinary care work experience, giving you a taste of real-life work in a zoo environment. Running from Monday to Friday, the Rangers Academy is a full week packed with practical activities, lectures and animal encounters giving you a range of exciting new skills.

Taught by fully qualified educators and senior level zoo staff, students enjoy a learning experience like no other, for just £250 per person.

2022 Dates:

Monday 1st August – Friday 5th August SOLD OUT

Monday 22nd August – Friday 26th August

To book, please call us on 01752 837645 to check that there are spaces left before you pay.

If you’re looking for a residential week for your Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, we have an exciting opportunity with Hampshire County Council. For further information, please contact 01962 876218 or via email.

After-School Clubs

An after-school club with a difference! We run after-school clubs for both primary and secondary aged students that focus on animal welfare and conservation. Each club can be tailor made to suit each class participating, including the learning outcomes, duration, location, and delivery.

We can hold after-school clubs within the comfort of your own classroom, or within the zoo, or a little bit of both! Why not do 50/50?

Check out our example itinerary below:

6 week zoo club:
Week 1 – Reptile close encounters (school)
Week 2 – Native wildlife (school)
Week 3 – Enterprise challenge (school)
Week 4 – Zoo tour (zoo)
Week 5 – Slime workshop (zoo)
Week 6 – Enrichment making (zoo)

To book, please email our team.

Prices start from £30 a week for up to 15 students.

Intro to Zoo Life Course

Our one-day Intro to Zoo Life course gives you an insight to behind the scenes of a zoo, and gives anyone thinking about a zoo career some top tips.

With a mixture of classroom workshops, animal encounters and behind the scene access, this course will be the perfect insight into Zoo life.

Open to anyone over 16 years old, this course will be run by our award-winning education team from 10am – 3pm and will have a maximum of 12 delegates to ensure they’re part of something special.

On completion of the course, all delegates will be awarded a certificate of completion to recognise their achievements.


  • 10 am – Arrival with tea and coffee
  • 10:15 am – Zoo tour
  • 11:15 am – Zoo careers workshop
  • 11:45 am – Animal and wildlife conservation workshop
  • 12 pm – Lunch (included)
  • 1 pm – Animal health check training workshop and demonstration
  • 1:30 pm – Bug and reptile handling
  • 2:15 pm – Animal enrichment workshop
  • 3 pm – End of course
  • You are welcome to stay and explore the zoo in your own time, until close.


Tuesday 16th August 2022

£60 per person

To book, please email our team or call on 01752 837645.

Scouts and Guides

Want to bulk up those badges but don’t know where to start?

Well here at Dartmoor Zoo, it’s easy. We have tailor made workshops and sessions to suit your every need. The badges listed below can be worked towards here at Dartmoor Zoo, as part of a full, interactive day or just an hour-long session.

Brownies: Environment, Friend to Animals, Science Investigator, Speaker, Toymaker, Wildlife and Explorer.

Cubs: Animal Carer, Environmental Conservation, Naturalist and Nights Away*.

Guides: Animal Active, Community Action, Science and Survival.

Scouts: Forester, Naturalist, Survival Skills, Fundraising, Explorers, Naturalist, Survival Skills and Fundraising.

Beavers: Explore, Global Issues, Rainbows, Animal Lover and Nature.

Starting from £12.00 per child for a full day of activities
£9 per child for a half day of activities
One free adult per 10 children
Additional accompanying adults are £9 per person

*Additional costs for overnight stay with Snooze at the Zoo.

To book, please email our team.

Snooze at the Zoo

‘A night your students will never forget!’ 

A 24-hour experience, our sleepover at the zoo gives an exciting insight into the wild world of a zoo at night. This is great for students of all ages and is full of fun packed activities around the zoo during the day and at night.

The day starts in the morning and includes animal encounters, nature hunts, trails and hot chocolate and marshmallows around the campfire. With food included in the price, the students will be given a unique ‘Snooze at the Zoo’ t-shirt to take away with them.

  • Snooze at the Zoo requires a minimum of 11 individuals.
  • Indoor sleeping arrangements are available for groups of 30 or under if required.
  • Tents and sleeping bags are not provided.

Our Snooze at the Zoo experience is catered specifically to the age and individuality of the visiting group and has been custom made for several audiences. These include:

Primary – A thoroughly hands-on experience where animal encounters amaze our younger visitors.

Secondary – Zoo trails and informative animal feeds make this experience best suited to the secondary student.

Post-16 – Step into the shoes of our zoo keepers and learn how we deliver the best level of care to our animals.

Girl Guides & Scouts – We are now able to offer specific activities to help those on the way to achieving those badges!

For sample itineraries, click here.

Book your snooze experience by filling out the booking form here and email the completed form to our team.

£75.00 per pupil, for groups of 20+ people
£85.00 per pupil, for groups of 16-19 people
£90.00 per pupil, for groups of 11-15 people

Accompanying adults: £20.00

If you have any further queries, then please email our team.