Primary Education at Dublin Zoo - Dublin Zoo, Ireland.

Primary Education

Programmes available at Dublin Zoo

Primary Schools Programmes (DPSM accredited)

The Discovery and Learning Department at Dublin Zoo has an exciting range of programmes for primary schools. Designed to tie in with the SESE curriculum, our unique sessions give students from junior infants to sixth class a greater appreciation for native and worldwide wildlife. Focusing on interactive, inquiry-based learning, teachers can choose from a range of specially designed programmes:


Rainforest Ranger

Discover the Bornean orangutans in their forest habitat and visit the animals of the warm South American rainforest at Dublin Zoo! Students will be taken on an interactive journey to discover conservation practices in Dublin Zoo and across the world. We aim to teach students about the value of endangered species by looking at adaptations, food chains and rainforest habitats.

Max 30 students              Duration 1.5 hours          €11.50 per student

African Adventure

Come and explore Africa in the centre of Dublin. The outdoor module takes students on a journey of discovery on the African Plains.Our habitats replicate natural environments, allowing our animals to live as they would in the wild. Discover how predators seek out their prey, how zoologists are still making some monumental discoveries and what threats some of these amazing species face in the wild. Topics covered include: African habitats, climate change, animal adaptations, feeding strategies and human impact.

Max 30 students              Duration 1.5 hours          €11.50 per student

Earth Alive

Explore the exciting world that exists in your back garden on the Zoo’s Family Farm. Students are given hands-on experience planting and growing their own food before creating their very own ‘Watercress Warrior’.  They can also investigate various habitats through pond-dipping and searching for mini-beasts using scientific equipment. Emphasis is placed on sustainability, while other topics include habitats, animal adaptations and native species.

Max 30 students              Duration 1 hour          €11.50 per student


Food from the Farm

In this module, students explore where their food comes from and gain an insight into Irish farming, both past and present, and its essential role in producing our food. After a detailed tour of our Family Farm, they will get an interactive experience, learning about the animals and the techniques employed in Irish farming.  They can try their hand at butter churning which helps them understand how food was produced in the past.

Max 30 students              Duration 1 hour          €11.50 per student

Discovery and Learning Centre

Our Discovery and Learning Centre is not to be missed during a school visit. It contains an amazing collection of animal ‘biofacts’ (furs, skulls, bones, etc.) along with other interesting artefacts. It is the perfect opportunity to get close and personal to animals that are cared for in Dublin Zoo. Come face to face with a full scale model of a Southern White Rhinoceros, a full scale giraffe skeleton and a pair of African lions.

The centre is a great educational tool to use all the senses, particularly touch (as you can touch everything!). It introduces topics such as conservation, animal adaptations and the protection of animals from illegal trading and poaching. Our talented volunteers are always on hand to answer any questions you may have!

[The Centre is open free to the public seasonally but can be booked exclusively by groups all year round]

Booking in advance is essential. For information & bookings call: (01) 4748932 or email:

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