Available Mon., Wed. & Fri @ 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. & 12:45 p.m.

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Hands-On Classes

A perfect way to complement your Zoo experience! These student-centered, one-hour programs are designed to introduce your students to problem-based learning. We encourage them to compare, investigate and make predictions through the use of hands-on activities, live animal encounters, and up-close experiences with our biological artifacts. All of this in an engaging classroom setting.

Programs are for grades K–6. Choose from the following:

Structure & Function

This program will explore animals body structures to answer the question: “How does the structure of an organism enable its life functions?” Students will compare, investigate, and make predictions about the way animals use adaptations to survive.

K – 2: Focus on external structure of organisms and how they’re used to help animals see, hear, protect themselves, and find food

3 – 5: Focus on internal & external structures that serve various functions in growth survival and reproduction

6 – 8: Focus on cellular, unicellular and multicellular organisms, cell structures and their specific functions.

Life Cycles

This program will explore the growth of organisms to answer the question: “How do organisms grow and develop?” Students will develop models, interpret data and make predictions about organism growth and development.

K – 2: Focus on predictable characteristics of specific organisms as they grow and develop.

3 – 5: Focus is on the process of unique life cycles of plants and animals that include birth, growing and developing into adults, reproducing and dying.

6 – 8: Focus is on growth is controlled by several factors including genetics, local conditions, food intake, and interactions with other animals. Animals engage in characteristic behaviors to increase their odds of reproducing offspring.

Energy Flow in Organisms

This program will explore animal survival to answer the question: “what do organisms need to live and grow?” Students will compare, investigate, and make predictions about how energy transfers between organisms.

K – 2: Focus on plant needs for life, and animals need to obtain their food through plants or other animals in order to live and grow.

3 – 5: Focus on basic needs of organisms (air, water, nutrients), and the release of chemical energy from food consumption

6 – 8: Focus on the process of energy consumption to produce photosynthesis, food webs and the process of energy transfer

Ecosystem Dynamics

This program will explore ecosystems interactions, energy and dynamics to answer the question: ”How and why do organisms interact with their environment?” and “What happens to ecosystems when the environment changes?”

K – 2: Focus on how organisms depend on their surroundings (non-living/abiotic and living/biotic) to get what they need to grow and survive.

3 – 5: Focus on organisms surviving only in environments in which their particular needs are met in a relatively stable web of life; as matter cycles among living and non-living material.

6 – 8: Focus on how matter and energy is transferred and often cycled through parts of a dynamic ecosystem, including living and non-living material.


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