Monday, 26 November 2012

Free Educators' Open Evening

In January, our education team will be welcoming educators and kids group organisers to view our latest range of education facilities and programmes.

For those of you who haven’t been to one of our teacher evenings, this is your chance to meet our team of staff and volunteers and see why DZP is the best place to bring your students for a wide variety of curriculum friendly educational experiences.

More importantly, it’s your chance to tell us how we can best meet your needs. Conversations at previous teacher evenings have given rise to some of our best offerings, so our door is always open to new suggestions from enthusiastic educators looking for exciting ways to hit curriculum targets.

Following a brief introduction and refreshments, the evening will include: 

  • An introduction to our new prospectus
  • A fascinating demonstration of our unique Dissection Theatre
  • Bushcraft demonstration with links to STEM
  • A chance to get up-close and hands-on with our Key Stage specific Close Encounters 
  • A guided Tour of the zoo looking at all the highlights 

We’ll round off the evening with a lively Q and A session where you and your colleagues will get the opportunity to see just how far we’re willing to go to create the best educational experiences for your students.

Additional subjects up for discussion will include new Key Stage specific workshops, cross curricula programmes and bespoke visits and education sessions.

All delegates will be provided with a free information pack and a voucher for 10% discount on all bookings made before 30th January 2012.

Places are limited so please contact the education team now to book in advance.

Thursday 17th January 5:00pm to 7:00pm 
Booking/Information: Education Team - 01752 837 645

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Living in Cold Blood

Andy with Maddie the 8ft Dumeril's Boa
On the 25th of November 2012 Dartmoor Zoo will be entertaining some unusual visitors as Dartmoor Reptiles take to the stage. 

Dartmoor Reptiles are a small family team with a passion for educating others about the magic and beauty of snakes, lizards, spiders and other creepy crawlies. 

Andy, their lead handler, will be available throughout the day giving fun, educational talks about a selection of fascinating creatures such as, Spot and Stripe the Ball Pythons. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with a range of animals, learn where they live in the wild, how they catch their prey and how they escape predators. 

Throughout the day there’ll be plenty of opportunities to to feel the many legs of Millie the Giant African Millipede and see the weird and wonderful Tailless Whip Scorpion (as seen in Harry Potter).

Other special guests in show will include:

Western Hognose
Pink Toe Tarantula
Indian Sand Boa
Royal / Ball Pythons x 2
Young Corn snake
Baby Asian Forest Scorpions
Columbian Rainbow Boa
Crested Gecko
Leopard Gecko
Ackie Monitor
Chile Rose Tarantula

Then there’s Dartmoor Reptiles’ impressive star of the show Maddie, the 16 year old, very placid, 8foot long Dumeril’s Boa. 

All the sessions are interactive so questions and discussion are very welcome. But don’t worry if you just want to watch from a distance, that’s perfectly OK too!