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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 

2021 dates:

31st – 2nd June 

2nd – 4th August 

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.

2021 Dates:

12th – 16th April

31st – 4th June 

2nd – 6th 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.


Are you aged 14 – 18 and looking for something exciting and rewarding that will look great on your CV? 

Why not become part of the award-winning Education Team at Dartmoor Zoo?  Cadets will be at the forefront of our public engagement activities throughout our busy Summer holiday periods, will learn a great deal about the animals living here, and will get an insight into the behind-the-scenes action around a zoo.

Activities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Posting blogs/vlogs about your experiences
  • Manning visitor information points and sensory educational stalls
  • Close encounters
  • Handling reptiles, invertebrates, and small mammals
  • Learning all about the animals on site
  • Face painting
  • Guest engagement around the zoo
  • Fundraising days

By the end of the Summer with us, we are confident that you will have developed your communication skills, as well as your knowledge on zoos and animals to a high standard.

2021 dates:

26th July – 29th August

Simply fill in our expression of interest form and email the completed form to our team.

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.

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 for groups of 20+ people
£85.00 for groups of 16-19 people
£90.00 for groups of 11-15 people

Accompanying adults: £20.00

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