Rainforest Adventurer

EYFS, KS 1. Early Years, First Stage.
Ages 3 - 7

DURATION: 45 mins - 55 mins

OVERVIEW: Go on an action-packed adventure through the rainforest layers with ZooLab’s expert Ranger!


Explore the layers to uncover a range of exotic critters. From stepping over snails on the forest floor to watching dancing stick insects in the understorey, seeing how snakes climb and tarantulas jump out of burrows - you may even get to meet a canopy-dwelling tree frogs too.  

It’s all part of an approach that combines storytelling and drama to bring the rainforest to life, help children discover biodiversity and to get a first hand look at how what happens in the rainforest can affect us all.

Key Workshop Objectives:

  • Define tropical rainforest

  • Determine the locations of tropical rainforests in relation to the equator

  • Explore the forest floor, under storey, canopy and emergent layer

  • Discuss adaptations of rainforest animals


Free Printable Resources

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Animals often used in this workshop:


Animal requests will be accommodated where possible. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee attendance.

What is a Rainforest?

Rainforests are Earth’s oldest living ecosystem! They can be found on every continent except Antarctica and have an annual rainfall greater than two meters.

There are two different types of rainforest - temperate and tropical. Tropical rainforests are found near the equator and have an average daily temperature of 28°C - the hot, humid atmosphere creates a unique ecosystem full of biodiversity.

Rainforests consist of four layers: the forest floor, understory, canopy and emergent layer.


Rainforests once covered 14% of Earth’s surface but this has plummeted to 6% - it is estimated that we lose one and a half acres every second! With over half the planet’s species residing here, it is vital that humanity protects this important resource.


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