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Kindergarten – 2nd 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. 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.

Is It Alive?

Science SOL K.1, K.6 

What is a living thing?  A few of our animal ambassadors will help your class explore basic characteristics of life, how animals are born or hatched, and how they grow.
Presented on-site at the Zoo or at your school as a Zoo-to-You program.

World Traveler 

Science SOLs:  K.7, 1.5, 2.5, 3.4 & 3.6

Your students will travel to distant continents and habitats in their imagination to see how living things depend on each other to survive in their natural environments. Presented on-site at the Zoo or at your school as a Zoo-to-You program.

Part of a Bigger Picture

Science SOLs 2.5, 2.7, 2.8

Each animal must adapt and survive in the surroundings of its native habitat.  Our animal ambassadors will help your students understand how wild creatures hide, find homes, find food, or adapt to changing weather and seasons. Review why conservation of natural habitat is important to the animals and to us.  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 on exhibit.  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, but not more than two at a time.

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