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6th-8th Grade Discovery Programs

Who Shares the Watershed? 

Science SOLs 6.1, 6.7, 6.9, LS.9, LS.10

(Please note that holding the program at the Zoo allows for actual observation of wildlife in tidal wetlands included within and bordering the Zoo grounds at the visiting teacher’s discretion)

Native animals help establish the connection to local wetlands and the watershed. Students will perform approximate and precise measurements like those used in monitoring tidal waters, and perhaps arrive at some new ideas for their own science projects.

Presented on-site at the Zoo or at your school as a Zoo-to-You program

Genetics at the Zoo

Science SOLs LS.12

Modern professional zoos pay a lot of attention to the genetics of their collections.  Let us help your students explore inheritance of traits in domestic and wild populations, and genetic management for sustainable zoo populations.

Presented on-site at the Zoo or at your school as a Zoo-to-You program.

Am I in the Right Class?

Science SOLs LS.5, LS 10

Why and how do scientists classify living things?  Students will explore this question as they meet an animal from each of five classes (insects or arachnids, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals).  Key characteristics that place each example in each class will be highlighted, and specific adaptations that allow each animal to survive in its natural habitat will be covered as well.

Presented on-site at the Zoo or at your school as a Zoo-to-You program

If your students have enjoyed African Observer in previous years, call us and ask about Asian Observer.

We are usually able to accommodate multiple programs simultaneously on Zoo grounds.

If you do not see a program here that fits your instructional goals, we can create a custom program for you. We can include specified SOLs or other topics to create a program just for your class.  Recent special topics have included careers in zoology, ecosystems and communities, animals in literature, and the Zoo as a service business. Please contact the Education Department for more 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.

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. 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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