Ecosystems Study: Geography School Trips to Burgers' Zoo Arnhem

Geography School trips to Burgers' Zoo, Arnhem provide the opportunity for students to experience several different ecosystems. Animals & flora are grouped according to the ecosystem they inhabit. The zoo has a living tropical rainforest, a superb arid Senoran desert environment, a mangrove swamp, safari area, ocean aquarium & south-east Asian savannah. We can tailor your visit to cover your students' specific learning objectives.  Please ask to speak to one of our Geography Consultants (former teachers & Heads of Geography) to discuss your requirements.

This school tour is available over 3 or 4 days via Dover or Hull & can be combined with either our trips related to Flood Management in the Netherlands or Urban Change study in Amsterdam. There is also the option of combining with another subject such as Science, History or Religious Studies.




Day One:  Outward Journey


Burgers Zoo Rainforest Ecosystem



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  • School pick-up (earliest 06.00 hours) & travel to Dover
  • Ferry to Calais or Dunkirk
  • Onward travel to Amsterdam
  • Check-in & evening meal
  • Full-board for two nights

Day Two:  Burgers' Zoo, Arnhem

  • Students can visit & discover a range of eco-domes including: Tropical rainforest • Senoran arid desert • Rimba: based on the south-east Asian ecosystem • mangrove swamp • African Plains Safari • ocean aquarium
  • Fieldwork tasks/activities provided
  • Returrn to accommodation & evening meal


Burgers Zoo Arid Desert



Day Three:  Return Journey

  • Depart after breakfast & travel to Calais or Dunkirk
  • Cross-Channel ferry to Dover
  • Disembark & return to school
  • Return time dependent on school's location in the UK


Add an Extra Day....

  • Investigate Environmental Management on the coast or
  • Study regeneration or rebranding in Amsterdam
  • See tours for details
  • Combine with History or RS & include visits to the Anne Frank House & Kamp Vught
  • Science: Visit Nemo Centre & Corpus
  • Add a "fun" day at a theme park (see leisure options)
  • This can help you sell your  tour - especially if you have competition with other trips
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Burgers' Zoo


Rainforest & Waterfall 

Marine Ecosystem 

  Burgers Zoo Desert Ecosystem Flora




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Burgers Zoo Rainforest   Burgers Zoo Ocean  




Guided visit can be included for your walk through this amazing living exhibit. You will be able to see, hear, touch & smell the plants that grow on the forest floor & lower canopy.


Travel from beach to deep sea & visit one of the largest specimen tanks in Europe. Your journey begins in the intertidal zone & continues past the continental shelf & on to the deep sea.






Senoran Desert

  Rimba: SE Asian Ecosystem  
Burgers Zoo Desert   Burgers Zoo Rimba  




Based upon the Senoran desert, this exhibit, complete with gold mine, contains plants & animals adapted to this harsh environment including reptiles, bighorn sheep & rattlesnakes.


This exhibit contains some of the most endangered species on Earth from South East Asia. All are part of global conservation projects, detailed at each exhibit.





Safari: African Plains


Burgers Zoo Safari   Burgers Zoo Mangrove  




Based upon the African plains. A tree-top walkway enables you to observe the animals. Zebra, giraffe, antelope, rhino & elephant & big cats can all be seen.


Visit the hot & humid mangrove swamp by travelling along the elevated walkway. Keep an eye out for frogs, lizards & butterflies moving through the plants above your head!

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Curriculum Relevance
National Curriculum KS3

Safari Elephants  



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Human Geography: Interaction between people & their environment. Physical Geography: Ecosystems

Using fieldwork to enquire, collect, analyse & draw conclusions from data gathered

How an ecosystem works: consumers, decomposers & producers, climate & soil, nutrient cycle, biomes, global distribution of different ecosystems


Tropical rainforest: Food chains/webs, climate, plant & animal adaptations, living in the rainforest, comparison with mangrove & savannah conservation & sustainability


Senoran Desert: Climate of an arid desert, seasonality, plant & animal adaptations, living in an arid desert

Marine ecosystem: Food chains/webs, marine zoning, depth & light, pollution, adaptations
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Study Materials Provided



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Our study materials are designed by teachers with GCSE & A Level examining experience.  When you book with us, you will receive a copy of both our student study packs & teachers' notes, free of charge.  They are produced in an A4 format to keep reproduction costs to a minimum.  They are loose-leaf which gives you the flexibility to use them in different ways.  You can:


  • use our study materials exclusively
  • use your own study materials
  • use a combination of both your own & our materials.


The Student Pack Includes

The Teacher Pack Additionally Includes

  • Factual detail on each ecosystem as well as background information
  • Diagrams to assist in explanations
  • Tasks, activities & discussion points to provide a focus for each ecosystem visited
  • Further guidance notes giving a broader context to each ecosystem
  • Practical information on your visit to assist you with planning


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Study Materials:  Skills & Concepts

  • Introductory materials can be used on tour or as part of your pre-tour preparation
  • Knowledge & comprehension 
  • Key Geographical concepts
  • Sense of Place
  • Understand, analyse & evaluate evidence
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We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.

  • Our Geography guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.


Julian Maslin BSc, MSc, PGCE



Julian has worked for Galina as a Geography Guide since 2011, helping to design many of our new geography tours to London & Dorset & further developing our Paris urban fieldwork.

Julian has more than 30 years' experience teaching Geography & Earth Sciences in Staffordshire. He has also been an examiner at GCSE & A-level.

"Excellent; the tour was exactly as described. Julian also added a few extra things that he thought would be of interest to our students. He was extremely knowledgeable & the students were very interested in what he had to say."

Cirencester, Deer Park School

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Selected & Trained by Galina 

  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.
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Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg


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The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum and incorporated into our Safety Management System.


Stayokay Hostel, Amsterdam Zeeburg


The hostel is located in a former technical school to the east of the city in a quiet suburb of Amsterdam and within easy reach of the city centre. As such it is convenient for visiting the Anne Frank House and old Jewish Quarter, the Nemo Centre, Corpus & the city's art galleries.

Stayokay Amstedam Zeeburg Bedroom

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Accommodation Factfile

  • Capacity for 483 guests in        96 rooms on four floors
  • Lift to all floors
  • Rooms accommodate              two to six people
  • En-suite facilities
  • Bunk beds
  • Twin rooms for staff
  • Restaurant, bar & terrace
  • Games room
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Bed linen provided. Take         your own towels
  • Coach parking nearby

Stayokay Hostel, Arnhem


Stayokay Arnhem   


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This hostel is located to the north of Arnhem in a rural setting on the edge of the Hoge Veluwe National Park. The city centre is just five minutes by coach as is Burgers' Zoo. Kamp Vught is further away; the journey taking approximately 70 minutes.

Stayokay Arnhem Bedroom 






Stayokay Arnhem Dining Room
Stayokay Arnhem Table Tennis


Accommodation Factfile

  • Capacity for 183 guests in       33 rooms on two floors
  • Lift to second floor
  • Rooms accommodate              four to eight people
  • En-suite facilities
  • Bunk beds
  • Twin rooms for staff
  • 2 dining rooms, bar & terrace
  • Games room
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Bed linen provided. Take         your own towels
  • Coach parking
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"We thoroughly enjoyed it & the kids have been making progress towards their controlled assessment. Thanks again & I look forward to working with Galina again next year."


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Hessle High School, East Yorkshire

"The coach driver, Neil, was brilliant!  He was very informative and was brilliant with the students. The hotel was a clean base with a great breakfast providing us with everything we needed.  Very satisfied – will use your company again." 


Eggar's School, Alton, Hampshire

"Excellent administration throughout.  Terry, the driver, was fantastic & brilliant with pupils.  Marcus, the guide, was knowledgeable & also had excellent rapport with the students."




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