School visits

Education is at the heart of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). We have engaged with over one million learners across both Highland Wildlife Park and our other site, Edinburgh Zoo.

From nursery to tertiary and beyond encompassing both formal and informal learning, our teams create and deliver unique experiences for learners and daily visitors, encouraging excitement and exploration though interactive learning programmes and interpretation.

As part of our charitable commitment to education we are delighted to offer our classes at a special reduced rate. This price gives you admission to the zoo. All bookings are subject to a minimum payment of £40.

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Father and daughter point at wolf wood IMAGE: FoSho 2023


On-site visit with education class: £7
Self-led on-site visit without education class: £8

Colleges and universities
On-site visit with education class: £8
Self-led on-site visit without education class: £9

Virtual only: £40 per class

Prices are per student/learner unless stated otherwise. Please note, our prices will be changing from 1 August.

Accompanying adults

We provide free admission for supervisory adults as follows:

Nursery: 1 adult per 4 children  
Primary: 1 adult per 7 children
Secondary: 1 adult per 10 children
Specialist provisions: 1 adult per pupil if required
Other ages: 1 adult per 10 students
Extra adults (excluding RZSS members): £16.95

Please note, our prices will be changing from 1 August.

A male Himalayan monal walking to the left. He is brightly coloured with blue feathers IMAGE: Jessica Wise 2019

You can bring as many adults as you wish for supervision during your visit to Highland Wildlife Park.

RZSS adult members are admitted free with proof of valid membership. You will still be required to pay education charges for children who are RZSS members. All children under 16 must be supervised at all times when in the park.

On arrival at Highland Wildlife Park

Please enter the park via the main entrance. Buses should park in the main coach park. This is free of charge and the driver is allowed free entry to the park.

You will have been given a meeting point and time for your education session, please ensure the entire group is there at the allotted time. As bookings are often full, please note that classes cannot be extended beyond the allocated time.

You can collect a copy of the free park map on arrival at the main entrance or can download one from our website.

Please ensure pupils wear suitable clothing such as flat, comfortable shoes and waterproof jackets.

Mishmi Takin IMAGE: FoSho 2023


Groups will be invoiced after their visit for the number of adults and children that attended the education session.

For smaller groups it may be possible to pay on the day.

Ranger Jasper Hughes giving a talk in wolf wood to visitors IMAGE: FoSho 2023

Minimum charges

There is a £40 minimum charge for all Education sessions (£25 for a group of home educators or where all students have additional support needs).

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A cancellation fee of £40 (£25 for home educators or ASN groups) is charged if cancellation is made 14 days or less before the visit unless a re-booking is made at the same time. The new booking must be within three school months of the original booking date. 

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