Uniformed groups

We welcome Rainbows, Brownies, Beavers, Cubs, Woodcraft Folk, Guides, Scouts and any other uniformed groups to come and discover the wildlife of the Avon Gorge and Downs.

We offer fun and inspiring activities that engage children with the natural world and can be tailored to your group.  Our sessions can also help young people work towards awards such as ‘forester’, ‘naturalist’ or ‘nature’ badges.

Sessions cost just £3 per child.

Bugs, bees and butterflies

Learn all about the minibeasts on the Downs with an exciting bug hunt and get involved in our energetic Busy Buzzy Bees game. Later we’ll get creative as each child makes some butterfly art to take home.

Discover the Downs

Use your senses to discover the Downs! Make smelly plant cocktails, search for squishy, smooth and tickly treasures, listen for the sounds of the Downs and find out what the world would look like if you were a minibeast! This session is a great way for children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the natural world in a creative and stimulating way.

Feathered friends

The Downs are an excellent place for spotting all sorts of birds, from super speedy peregrine falcons to cheeky jackdaws. Have a fantastic day discovering more about our brilliant birds.

Hairy conservationists

Find out how our famous goats are helping us to conserve rare plants in the Avon Gorge. Children become trainee goat-checkers and have fun playing our exciting Gobbling Goats game!

Nature detectives

Children test their nature detective skills as they follow a trail of nibble marks on seeds, strange footprints, nests and even different poo. Can they work out and name which mammals were here by following the clues they leave behind?

Tree-mendous fun!

Children learn to identify and name trees by their leaves on our tree trail on the Downs. Along the way, they discover fascinating facts about the importance of trees to both humans and wildlife.

Wild art

Get creative exploring colours, shapes and patterns on the Downs! Make leafy land art, natural sculptures and some wild art to take home.

For further information and to book a session, contact us at:

Mandy Leivers
Avon Gorge and Downs Biodiversity Education Manager
E: mleivers@bristolzoo.org.uk

Learning Department, Bristol Zoo Gardens,
Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA

T: 0117 903 0609 / 0117 4285460

Health & Safety Considerations

We carry out risk assessments for all sessions that we run.
We are trained first aiders.
There are two toilet blocks on the Downs (at Seawalls and at the Water Tower)

All photographs © Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project.