A Future That's Wild - Student Summer Camp


Do you want to be a wildlife conservation champion?

Are you passionate about protecting the planet? Our new summer camp for students aged 15–17 will offer you an opportunity to learn about wildlife conservation through a range of activities in an environment that's fun, friendly, and inclusive.

This programme, which runs over 5 days from 10am - 4pm,  will empower you to take an active role in conservation through the development of life and career skills, connect with peers and professionals, and thoughtful exploration of environmental challenges and solutions.

You will dive deeper into conservation topics through activities and challenges, chats with zoo experts, exploring artefacts and relics, and inquiry-based learning. Days will be dynamic, and you will have time at the education academy, the zoo, and the local nature reserve.

Dates & Price

Dates: Monday 5th - Friday 9th August 2024.

Time: 10am - 4.00pm each day

Price: £120 per person (includes certificate, reference, t-shirt, hoodie, water bottle, journal, and meal voucher for lunch).

Places are limited, so booking as soon as possible is advisable to secure a place.


What to expect

Over 5 days, students will have an opportunity to:
  • Earn 30 hours of work experience.
  • Boost your college or university application.
  • Become an ambassador for wildlife.
  • Learn more about Blackpool Zoo conservation and sustainability initiatives and how we are working to protect endangered animals through education, research, and animal care practices.
  • Work alongside other students to plan projects and interesting visitor engagement activities to educate and communicate animal and conservation science messages to zoo visitors.
  • Develop leadership and communication skills and problem-solving techniques with zoo educators providing guidance and advice.
  • Gain awareness, inspiration, and empowerment to engage with nature and cultivate skills and abilities to impact the environment positively.
  • Take part in meaningful community service projects.
  • Meet with staff to learn more about potential careers in the animal science and conservation fields.

Important Information

  • Participants must be within the correct age range (15–17 years) in order to participate.
  • Participants will be supervised by the education team at all times during the course, but they can have unsupervised free time in the zoo if approved by a guardian.
  • The participants family and friends will not be able to accompany the students during the day.
  • The majority of this course takes place within the zoo grounds, but it does include a morning spent at a local nature reserve, which will be reached by foot.
  • Activities are weather and staff permitting and are subject to change.
  • The programme runs in all weather conditions. We recommend wet weather attire on wet days. Blackpool Zoo reserves the right to cancel activities in extreme weather conditions.
  • Clothing requirements: enclosed flat shoes and sensible clothing suitable for the weather.
  • Participants will be required to agree to the programme rules, and a parent or guardian must complete and return a health and safety form prior to the course.
  • Certificate and reference will only be given to participants who complete the full duration of the course.
  • If there are any allergies or additional requirements we need to be aware of prior to the course, please contact zoo.school@blackpoolzoo.org.uk.
  • For terms and conditions, please see here.

Book a place today!