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Kindergarten – 2nd Grade Discovery Programs

All of our programs are designed to be inquiry based.  To ensure an interactive and hands-on experience for all students attending a Virginia Zoo program, they will be limited to 30 students per program.  We are able to accommodate up to three programs at the same time on Zoo grounds (except as specified below). Guided Zoo tours also are available. Click here for information. For an additional program option, see “Animals in Class” under “Multigrade Program” below.

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.

Kindergarten

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 how animals are born, how they grow and what they need to survive.
Presented on-site at the Zoo or at your school as a Zoo-to-You program

Home Has What I Need
Science SOL K.6
How do different animals find water, the right food and the right kind of space and shelter in their native habitats? Your students will meet and observe animals that live wild right here in Virginia, and others that come from faraway rainforests, deserts or other exotic habitats.
Presented on-site at the Zoo or at your school as a Zoo-to-You program

For an additional option, see “Animals in Class” under “Multigrade Program” below.

Grade One

Animals in Action      Science SOL 1.5 (emphasis b & c)  Shake up your science lessons with a visit to the Zoo as your students hop, crawl, slither and fly with us in this active animal program.  Your class will observe animals to learn about locomotion, body parts and adaptations to wild homes.   Presented on-site at the Zoo or at your school as a Zoo-to-You program

Home Has What I Need    Science SOL 1.5  How do different animals find water, the right food and the right kind of space and shelter in their native habitats? Your students will meet and observe animals that live wild right here in Virginia, and others that come from faraway rainforests, deserts or other exotic habitats.  Presented on-site at the Zoo or at your school as a Zoo-to-You program

For additional options, see “Multigrade Programs” below.

Grade Two

Part of a Bigger PictureScience SOL 2.5, 2.7, 2.8  Each animal must adapt and survive in the surroundings of its native habitat.  Our animal visitors to your classroom 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

Your Zoo to Do This is an exhibit design program which was created for second grade classes in Virginia Beach Public Schools. It also can be scheduled for students in other grades. Presented at the Zoo only

For additional options, see Multigrade Programs” below.

Multi-Grade Programs (grades K through 4th)

Animals in Class  Specific content can be adapted to SOLs at one or more grade levels by request, or one particular unit topic can be emphasized.    Presented on-site at the Zoo or at your school as a Zoo-to-You program

Breathe, Eat, and Plant Yourself at Home  Science SOLs:  Life Processes K.7, 1.5, 2.4; Living Systems 2.5, 3.5, 3.6, 4.5; Earth Resources 2.8  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

World Traveler  Science SOLs:  K.7, 1.5, 2.5, Living Systems 3.4 & 3.6; Earth Resources 3.10(a); Living Systems 4.5 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

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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