About

Educational program

The goal of establishing the zoo was to educate the general public and other guests about Icelandic farm animals, shed light on Icelandic farming practices, and strengthen the connections between people and animals.  The educational program department has thus been active since the zoo's founding. There are courses on offer for kindergartens and primary schools, either in the form of guided tours or hands on learning. We really encourage teachers to actively take part on class trips and be readily accessible to the zoo's staff. We therefore ask teachers to prepare well for their visit, so that the field trip can be as productive as possible education-wise.

The educational program department

The educational program department's staff are responsible for course bookings. It's best to plan visits well in advance. If a teacher foresees any issues that might occur due to limits on the number of participants or regarding accessibility, we strongly recommend that they get in touch with us. We'll try to find a solution.

Get in touch by phone 411-5900 or send an email to namskeid@husdyragardur.is

 

Free for Reykjavík primary schools

The current contract between the School and Extracurricular Activities Division of Reykjavík (SFS) and the Park and Zoo (FHG) entitles the city's primary schools to take advantage of the FHG educational program and to access to the park itself, free of charge. Schools from outside Reykjavík pay in accordance with the rate list that can be found on the next page. 

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Kindergarden

Our farm animals 

All of the main Icelandic farm animals can be seen at the Park and Zoo. Kindergartners are welcome to come and visit them, get acquainted with the ones living here and be taught about their family units, main uses, and their typical physical characteristics.  The maximum number of students per guide is 20. We can accommodate two groups at once of any age. 

Brave kids

The zoo doesn't just have the everyday animals you'd find living on a farm. There are insects, amphibians and reptiles too. Brave kids are welcome to get to know them better and the very bravest can even handle the insects, if they muster the courage. The maximum number of students per guide is 10. We can accommodate two groups at once of all ages, though it's worth noting this field trip is better suited to older students. 

Regular or custom guided tours

All age groups can come to the zoo and get a guided tour that takes about an hour. If a specific topic is being covered at the school, for example, sheep, birds or something similar, then it's just a matter of getting in touch with the educational program department to accordingly prepare. The maximum number of students per group is 20. We can accommodate 2–3 groups at one time.

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PROGRAMMING FOR YOUNGEST PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

The farm animals, what they're used for and their way of life

At most primary schools, farm animals are covered in the third grade. That's why we offer educational programming on animals for this age group where we focus on how the animals live and what we use them for. This course, which is the form of a guided tour, lasts an hour. The maximum number of students per group is 26 and we can accommodate 2–3 groups at once.

Regular or custom guided tour 

All age groups can come to the zoo and receive a guided tour which lasts about an hour. If a specific topic is being covered at the school, then it's just a matter of getting in touch with the educational program department to accommodate that accordingly. The maximum number of students per group is 26 and we can accommodate 2 groups at once.

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MID-PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAMMING

Work morning for 6th grader´s

Students are given the opportunity to participate in tending to the animals, as well as learning about them and agricultural jobs. This is done in three groups: the barn group, horse and sheep shed group, and the wild animals group. At the end of the program, the groups prepare and then present the work they did. The work mornings are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students meet at 7:45 a.m. and the program concludes around 11:00 a.m. It's possible to order hot cocoa and waffles for ISK 350 per person. This service must be specially ordered with at least one week's notice. The max number of student participants at each work morning session is 24.

The animals and sense organs for the 7th grade

During this program, which is instructed in the form of a guided tour, we'll visit both the wild and farm animals while considering how they sense their environments in different ways. In addition to that, we slip in some facts and knowledge about the animals to the students. The maximum number of students per group is 26 and we can accommodate 2 groups at one time.

Regular or custom guided tour

All age groups can come to the zoo and receive a guided tour which lasts about an hour. If a specific topic is being covered at the school, then it's just a matter of getting in touch with the educational program department to accommodate that accordingly. The maximum number of students per group is 26 and we can accommodate 2 groups at one time.

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PROGRAMMING FOR OLDEST PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

Exotic animals

Insects, amphibians and reptiles play the main role in this program. Their habitats and adaptability are discussed and the animals themselves are of course also examined. The program takes an hour. The maximum number of students at one time is 20. The maximum number of students in a group is 20 and one group at a time.

Iceland's wild mammals

An exciting program for the oldest students in primary school. During this program, the ways of life and behavior of wild Icelandic mammals are covered. The program takes about an hour and is in the form of a guided tour. The maximum number of students per group is 26 and we can accommodate 2 groups at one time.

Regular or custom guided tour 

All age groups can come to the zoo and receive a guided tour which lasts about an hour. If a specific topic is being covered at the school, then it's just a matter of getting in touch with the educational program department to accommodate that accordingly. The maximum number of students per group is 26 and we can accommodate 2 groups at one time.

Pricelist

KR 4.000

Kindergartens from outside Reykjavík pay for the program plus entrance fees in accordance with the rate list.  

BRAVE KIDS
OUR FARM ANIMALS
KR 5.000

Primary schools from outside Reykjavík pay for the program plus entrance fees in accordance with the rate list.  

REGULAR GUIDED TOUR, THE FARM ANIMALS THEIR USES AND WAYS OF LIFE, THE ANIMALS AND THE SENSE ORGANS, EXOTIC ANIMALS, ICELAND'S WILD MAMMALS
KR 8.500

 Primary schools from outside Reykjavík pay for the program plus entrance fees in accordance with the rate list. 

WORK MORNING