With the aim of empowering and inspiring future conservationists, Chester Zoo has opened an all-new education centre.
A spokesperson for the zoo commented that the new conservation facility will feature a recording studio and three classrooms to help it host over 50,000 young people and students each year.
The hub’s construction is described as a “key milestone” in the zoo’s decade long conservation masterplan and is powered sustainably. The zoo has devised a programme that will see experts in conservation education staging wildlife workshops alongside nature and skills-based training, community events and much more as part of the attraction’s ongoing efforts to support future generations in protecting wildlife on our planet.
The zoo’s lead for conservation, Nicola Buckley, education stated that the facility will offer greater opportunities not just young people, but those of all ages looking to discover how they can help deliver a future where nature has a chance to not just survive but thrive. She commented:
“With so many species threatened with extinction, it’s vital we all play our part in creating a more sustainable future for people and wildlife.”
According to the zoo, other plans for the hub supporting young people include dedicated study sessions, holiday clubs, and play activities as well as special teacher training events.
News of the new hub follows the zoo’s recent union with Chester University launching a postgraduate course in Conservation and Sustainability Education designed to empower educators to discover solutions to biodiversity and climate emergencies.