Our Education Strategy

Our commitment to promoting public education, connecting the conservation of biodiversity, wildlife and fundamental scientific principles.

We believe that we have a duty to provide an education program that motivates and inspires pro-environmental and sustainable behaviours in all of our visitors and encourage them to show an interest in the natural world, just as we do at the park.  

Wolds Wildlife Park follows the beliefs of the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria (WAZA) Conservation Education Strategy (2020) whilst ensuring that the health and safety needs of the visitors and welfare of the animals are maintained with all interactions and experiences offered. We want to encourage our visitors to understand the conservation issues that our planet faces and help them to see how they could be linked to the problem yet can be part of the solution. 

Wolds Wildlife Park’s enclosures are designed to allow for optimum animal welfare, allowing the animals residing within them to perform natural behaviours and the choice as to where to spend their time. This is important to afford our visitors the educational opportunity to see and experience the animals behaving as they could in the wild. This does mean that occasionally animals may not be seen by the public, if this happens regularly with particular species, signage and/or video footage will be provided to allow for the public to learn about this species and its habits at Wolds.


Educational Programme

At Wolds Wildlife Park we are committed to providing education at the appropriate level. We separate our educational provision into two main types: informal and formal. Both formal and informal learning opportunities at the park are suitable for a range of ages and abilities. For example, species level signage is suitable for children and adults and includes extended information and facts to maintain enthusiasm and inspire advanced learning.


Informal Provision (i.e. possibility of passive learning)up arrow
  • Species level signage identifying common & scientific names, their IUCN Red list conservation status, biological characteristics and their natural habitat.
  • Signage and graphics relating to our conservation and sustainability work and how the public can get involved/help.
  • Family-led activities and challenges e.g. leap as far as our leopards to encourage species biology knowledge. 
  • Species specific zoo keeper talks – please see the most up to date schedule advertised on our web site.
Formal Provision (i.e. staff-led pre-booked sessions or provisions)down arrow

All formal education provision is provided by appropriately trained staff and allows the opportunity for the sessions to be evaluated afterwards so we can continue to develop our provision to the needs of our visitors. We do not have a formal education space to carry out these tasks but do currently have access to a marquee that is erected for this purpose when there is a booked session. Formal education provisions include:

  • Staff-led guided tours – species of particular interest can be focused on depending on the requirements of the group.
  • Worksheets that are designed to suit National Curricula Key Stage Outcomes
  • Pre-booked classroom/workshop sessions that follow a specific theme and led by zoo-staff.
  • Bookable wildlife experiences to encourage species specific biological and conservation knowledge. 
  • Specific conservation-based stands throughout the summer holidays (e.g. Wildlife Trust) on how the visitors can help their local wildlife.