Edinburgh Zoo Summer School turns 30!

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The very popular RZSS Edinburgh Zoo Summer School is back for its 20th year, and to celebrate children will be taking part in activities themed around the continent of Africa, as the first Summer School participants did back in 1997.

 The Zoo’s Summer School programme allows children to discover the amazing animals, habitats and cultures of different places around the world. Taking place in the grounds of RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, the classes allow children to take part in a range of fun activities such as getting hands on with flora and fauna, helping identify species in their own back garden, and learning how we care for the wonderful species in our collections during the themed classes. Since its inception, the programme has engaged with nearly 9,000 children. 

Amy Cox, Education Programme Leader at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, said:

“We are very excited to be hosting the 20th RZSS Summer School this year. To celebrate this amazing milestone, we have decided to use the theme of Africa for this year’s programme, which was the theme of the first ever Summer School in 1997. 

“Summer School is about letting children enjoy themselves and have fun while learning about some of our amazing animals and their habitats. We hope that the programme helps inspire a lifelong affinity with wildlife, encouraging children to take action and protect the nature on their doorstep.”

Summer School runs for four weeks in July, with places for children aged five to 15. RZSS Edinburgh Zoo is a validated Children’s University Scotland learning destination, with Summer programmes recognised as validated learning activities, for which Children’s University members can gain credits in their Passports to Learning.


For more information, please visit http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/education/spring-and-summer-schools/

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