3. Creating conservationists
Diverse and disadvantaged communities
We want to reach audiences from a broad range of backgrounds, reflecting the diversity of the West of England population, and ensure that we are accessible to all. We will deliver socially-inclusive programmes, engaging disadvantaged communities that may not have had the chance to visit one of our sites before.
We will expand our Access to Nature bursary scheme to at least 15 groups per year. We will double the number of Zoo to You community outreach visits to more than 100 a year. We will continue to engage children and young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds with our Wellbeing programme.
Primary and secondary pupils and students
Bristol Zoological Society will be a centre of excellence for science learning, particularly in the natural sciences. We will develop, deliver and evaluate new innovative programmes, including outdoor learning, that provide a unique learning experience that complements science learning in school.
Learning will be embedded throughout the visitor experience with an increased capacity for participatory learning provided through the development of new exhibits. We will explore the role that technology can play in education programmes, alongside physical interaction, in more detail.
We will grow the number of pupils and students visiting the new Bristol Zoo to more than 90,000 a year, representing approximately 70% of those in the West of England Combined Authority, with an ambition that everyone in the West of England will visit the new Bristol Zoo at least once whilst at school.
Further and Higher education
We will develop a new Conservation Learning Centre at the new Bristol Zoo and, combined with the new Conservation Medicine Centre, review our plans for additional further and higher education provision whilst increasing student numbers on existing courses where appropriate and feasible.