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3rd-5th Grade Discovery Programs

All of our programs are designed to engage students in active learning.  To ensure an interactive and hands-on experience for all students attending a Virginia Zoo program, attendance will be limited to 30 students per program.  We are usually able to accommodate multiple programs simultaneously on Zoo grounds on Zoo grounds. Guided Zoo tours also are available. Click here for information.

Some programs are available to go to your school. These presentations must take place in a space that does not have any air-breathing animals. We are able to offer multiple presentations of only one program on each outreach.

Secrets of Survival

Science SOLs 3.4, 3.5, 4.5

Natural habitats are very important to wild animals but each animal also does something important for its native habitat. Your students will meet some living examples, then follow clues to identify mystery animals through teamwork, and work on vocabulary literacy along the way. Presented on-site at the Zoo or at your school as a Zoo-to-You program

Pass on the Energy

Science SOLs 2,5, 3.5, 4.5

In this program, our animal ambassadors highlight individual niches, food webs, and communities, and help students better understand potential human impacts.
Presented on-site at the Zoo or at your school as a Zoo-to-You program

Plant Yourself at Home

Science SOLs:  K.7, 1.5, 2.4; 2.5, 3.5, 3.6, 4.5

Animals depend on what plants produce even to breathe! Explore animal diets (even frogs eat plant products to start with!), camouflage, nests and shelter, and habitat conservation with the help of animals in the classroom and in the exhibits.  Presented on-site at the Zoo or at your school as a Zoo-to-You program

Where’s Your Skeleton?

Science SOL 5.1, 5.5

Help your students get to know, or know better, how to recognize vertebrate classes, or quickly spot an invertebrate.  They’ll fit these groups into the “big picture” of the kingdoms of living things, and learn to keep it simple by referring to basic but key characteristics of different groups. Presented on-site at the Zoo or at your school as a Zoo-to-You program

Program Days:
Monday-Friday

Program Times:
Begin at 10:00 a.m. on Zoo grounds and off site, and can be scheduled throughout the day.  Multiple presentations of the same program may be scheduled on the same day.

Registration:
Pre-registration is required. Click here for registration form. For more information, contact the Education Department at judy.totten@norfolk.gov or call (757) 441-2374, ext. 229.

Cost of Program at Zoo:
$200.00 per program (30 students maximum).

Fee includes Zoo admission.

Cost of Zoo-to-You Program Off-Site:

Travel fee (based on roundtrip mileage from the Zoo) plus $200.00 per program (30 children maximum).

Travel Fees for Zoo-to-You Programs

0-15 miles
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$25.00
16-30 miles
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$30.00
31-45 miles
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$35.00
46-60 miles
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$40.00
61-75 miles
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$45.00

 

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