Tens of thousands of free tickets have been made available to schoolchildren by Chester Zoo. The ticket giveaway will permit 42,000 youngsters to visit the zoo as part of an organised educational trip, with hopes the gesture will see children from disadvantaged backgrounds be able to visit an attraction they may not otherwise have been able to, reports Cheshire Live.

The initiative is part of the conservation and education charity’s ongoing efforts to prevent wildlife extinction – by inspiring a new wave of potential conservationists to protect the future of the planet and its inhabitants.

Studies show people have a significantly better understanding of biodiversity and conservation after a visit to the zoo.

Chester Zoo is a big supporter of educational reform, and advocates for conservation action to be embedded into the curriculum of all UK schools.


Schoolchildren could be our future conservationists


Nicola Buckley, Chester Zoo’s discovery and learning manager, said: "For many schoolchildren, a visit to the zoo is what sparks a lifelong conservation journey. These are the conservationists of the future and some will go on to play a vital role in preventing extinction all around the world.

"Over a million species are faced with extinction and we must galvanise the power of our young people to help protect our environment. Bringing school children to the zoo for free is about inspiring the next generation to connect with nature and to find their own ways to be conservationists in their day-to-day lives.

"It’s to help equip youngsters with the skills, attitudes and motivation they need to play an active role in tackling the environmental challenges we face today.”

As well as tickets for pupils, every school will also get a free resource pack to make the most of their visit.

Youngsters can enjoy a free day at the zoo

How can schools apply for tickets? Pupils from nursery, primary and secondary schools, spanning early years and foundation groups all the way up to year 13, can take advantage of the free places for weekday visits between November 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021 during Cheshire West and Chester term time.

Home educators are eligible to apply as a group through a Home Educators’ Network.

Schools that have not benefited from the scheme in the past two years will be prioritised.

It is recommended to schools they apply early via the zoo website.

A range of in-zoo workshops are available at an extra cost and there are learning resources also available for schools on the website for free for after the visit.