The Learning & Discovery Team is a department dedicated to education and schools. If you’re wanting to visit on a school trip, would like us to come to your school or you visit with your family at weekends and school holidays – we’re there!
Monday to Friday during school term time, we’re teaching either here at Knowsley Safari or we’re visiting schools across the North West. At weekends and during school holidays we run clubs for kids aged between 7 and 18 and when they’re not happening we’re out and about at the safari park.
Community Officer Hayley;
Hello! My name is Hayley and I am the new Learning and Discovery Community Officer, which is a new role for Knowsley Safari! It is my responsibility to establish partnerships with a variety of different organisations including businesses, schools, colleges, universities, charities, diverse youth groups and others in order to offer bespoke talks, visits, workshops and programmes that truly meet the needs of the people you are working with. The sky really is the limit!
I have previously completed a PGCE (post-compulsory) which I have utilised in a variety of zoological collections, including Chester Zoo, West Midlands Safari Park, Living Coasts and Reaseheath College; allowing me to have worked with students from primary up to university level.
At university I studied Animal Behaviour BSc as my undergraduate degree; however over the years have come to discover my passion for sharing my knowledge with others. I also enjoy raising their aspirations in order to encourage them to investigate the world around them and fulfil their potential. This passion for working with wider communities beyond the confines of the Knowsley Safari boundaries is what drew me to undertake this challenging new job role.
In just two months in this exciting new job, I have had the pleasure of engaging with over 1100 young people in a number of local schools, colleges and universities. I have many more exciting projects in the pipeline so watch this space!
Learning & Discovery Officer Becci
I’ve always had a love of animals but travelling when I was younger and seeing animals in a variety of zoos and aquariums cemented that love and passion for wildlife.
When I went to University I always had in my head that I wanted to be an animal trainer – however because of the experiences I gained with engaging with the public and working with the education team; I developed a massive interest for education and how important it was for raising awareness for animals and conservation.
Growing up I volunteered at a range of animal collections, including farms – this gave me the hands on experience, knowledge and experience of how to work alongside animals. It also allowed me to develop different teaching techniques. It’s at that point I realised that zoo education was my calling!
Previously I have worked at Chester Zoo for 2 years as a zoo ranger and 1 year as a learning and discovery assistant. I then moved onto Sea Life at Alton Towers, Mad Science and Twycross Zoo before joining the Knowsley team. I am very excited for the new chapter in my education journey – I look forward to seeing you and your pupils in the near future!