Educational Programs for School Groups

2013-2014 Educational Programs

Presented by the Zoological Society of Florida.
Our programs are fun, innovative and complement your curriculum. Join us as we bring the wonders of the zoological world to you and your students.
FIELD TRIPS TO THE ZOO
ZOO ON WHEELS
(Outreach Program)

Guided Walking Tour
Have our experienced knowledgeable docents guide your class through the zoo!

Wildlife Discovery
Your students will discover the world of wildlife through this indoor program.

Field Investigations
Zoo staff will guide your students in becoming zoo scientists!

Outdoor Assembly
Treat your students to a private presentation in the Children’s Zoo Amphitheater.

Classroom Program
We will bring the zoo to your classroom with a program designed for up to 50 students.

Assembly Program
Introduce your students to wildlife without leaving your school! We come to you for this assembly program designed for up to 150 students.

Reservations required a minimum of 3 weeks in advance by contacting the ZSF Education Department at 305.255.5551 ext. 139, or education@zsf.org
All programs subject to change.

 

FIELD TRIPS TO THE ZOO

Guided Walking Tours

Group size: 20 persons per guide, each guide will take a slightly different route to avoid overlapping discussions.
Fees: 1st guide- $30 / $10 for each additional guide
 
PRE-K – K

The Little Wonder Tour
The littlest zoo goers explore the wonders of our zoo during this guided walking tour. The tour concludes at the Children’s Zoo where they can visit with the Wacky Barn animals. Each tour is led by a knowledgeable Docent.
Length: 45-60 minutes

GRADES 1 – 12
 

Zoogeographic Walking Tours
Schedule a guided walking tour to one of our zoo’s three geographic areas: Asia, Africa or Amazon & Beyond. Each tour is led by a knowledgeable Docent and includes information on animal characteristics and conservation.
Length: 1-1.5 hours

Wildlife Discovery (indoor classroom programs)


PRE-K – K
Length: 30 minutes Fee: $65 Maximum capacity: 50 persons

Animal Families
Parenting behaviors vary as widely as animals do; for example, ovenbirds build a clay hut to house their eggs, while penguins incubate eggs on their own feet! Moms, dads, and babies are the topic of this class, where children explore the ins and outs of animal families.

Fur, Feathers, and Scales
Children will discover the variety and function of body coverings of mammals, reptiles, and birds. Other characteristics of these animal groups will also be explored.


GRADES 1-3
Length: 40 minutes Fee: $65 Maximum capacity: 50 persons

Built for Survival
To survive in the wild, it helps to have a bag of tricks. Animals have developed a variety of astonishing specializations to find food, escape predators, and raise their offspring. Students will look at the incredible variety of adaptations in the animal kingdom.

Classified Information
It’s no secret how all the world’s animals are categorized. In this innovative and fun program, students will discover the characteristics that separate vertebrates into major groups. Through observations and the use of biofacts they will learn how to classify animals into different groups.

Reptiles are Cool!
Come discover the characteristics that make reptiles “cool.” They slither they crawl and they have been around for millions of years! This program’s cool critters include snakes, turtles, lizards and alligators.

 
GRADES 4-6
Length: 40 minutes Fee: $65 Maximum capacity: 50 persons


Built for Survival
To survive in the wild, it helps to have a bag of tricks. Animals have developed a variety of astonishing specializations to find food, escape predators, and raise their offspring. Students will look at the incredible variety of adaptations in the animal kingdom.

How Do You Measure Up?
How do you weigh an elephant? Through hands-on activities, discover how it is done! Math is necessary for Zoo staff to track the weights and sizes of animals. Using estimates and different units of measurements, students will gain a better understanding of how the Zoo keeps track of animal measurements while having a great time.

Vanishing Wildlife
Now you see them, now you don’t! Just like a magic act, many animals on earth are vanishing due to the presence of humans. Students will become aware of the many causes of endangerment to species and what they can do to help.

 
GRADES 7-12
Length: 40 minutes Fee: $65 Maximum capacity: 50 persons
 

Nature Keepers
Why is it imperative to conserve wildlife and natural resources? Is enough being done? Students will explore a variety of conservation efforts around the world and see how change can be effected by individuals.

Field Investigation (at various exhibits)

 
GRADES 3-12
Length: 45-60 minutes (depending on grade level)
Fee: $75 (All activity materials and tools included.)
Maximum capacity: 25 persons
 

Animals in Motion
Observe and document the movement of interesting Zoo animals. Utilizing field biologist tools, explore how animals behave in their habitats.

Keeping an Eye on Primates
Become a Zoo scientist observing primate behaviors, using similar tools utilized by field biologists. In addition, find out why this type of study is important for wildlife conservation.

Outdoor Assembly (at Children’s Zoo Amphitheater)

 

GRADES 1-3
Length: 30 minutes grades 1-3 Fee: $125 Maximum capacity: 150 persons
 


Creature Feature
This interactive program focuses on some of the most fascinating creatures found around the world. Students will discover how featured animals have amazing specializations for survival in their natural habitats.

Survival- Animal Style
How do animals survive? Through exploring distinctive traits such as coloration, specialized teeth and unrivaled behavior students will discover the adaptations animals use to stay alive in their habitats.

 
GRADES 4-12
Length: 45 minutes   Fee: $125   Maximum capacity: 150 persons

Conservation Conversations
The rhinoceros and elephant are two very charismatic species that are endangered. Through the use of props and biofacts, students will be led into the world of these giant land mammals. They will discover their daily plight. One moment they are safe on a reserve, the next they have stepped over the invisible border and are exposed to the deadly force of a poacher. Students will learn what actions they can avoid or take to save these grand creatures.

Creature Feature
This interactive program focuses on fascinating creatures found around the world. Students will discover how featured animals have amazing specializations for survival in their natural habitats.

Survival- Animal Style
How do animals survive? Through exploring distinctive traits such as coloration, specialized teeth and unrivaled behavior students will discover the adaptations animals use to stay alive in their habitats.

ZOO ON WHEELS- OUTREACH PROGRAM

Bring the Zoo to you with our Outreach Program! Our programs are designed for either a classroom or an assembly. Classroom program size is limited to 50 students; assembly programs can accommodate up to 150 students. (Additional consecutive sessions may be available on the same day.) Programs may vary depending on animal availability. To schedule an Outreach Program for your school, please call the ZSF Education Department 305-255-5551, or email education@zsf.org at least 3 weeks in advance.
Additional fee for locations outside of zoo base area may apply.

Classroom Program (50 person maximum)

 
 
PRE-K -K
Length: 30 minutes Fee: $195 Maximum capacity: 50 persons

Sensational Senses
Learn how animals detect the world around them. What sensational senses do they have that allow them to find shelter, food and water? This interactive program will reinforce the five senses children are discovering as they grow.

 
GRADES 1-3
Length: 45 minutes Fee: $195 Maximum capacity: 50 persons

Built for Survival
To survive in the wild, it helps to have a bag of tricks. Animals have developed a variety of astonishing specializations to find food, escape predators, and raise their offspring. Students will look at the incredible variety of adaptations in the animal kingdom.

Florida Friends
What animals can be seen in your neighborhood? In the Florida Friends program, students will learn about animals that make Florida their home.

 
GRADES 4-6
Length: 45 minutes Fee: $195 Maximum capacity: 50 persons

Extinction is Forever
Extinction cannot be reversed. Just like a magic act, many animals on earth are vanishing due to the presence of humans. Students will become aware of the many causes of endangerment to species and what they can do to help.

Survival- Animal Style
How do animals survive? Through exploring distinctive traits such as coloration, specialized teeth and unrivaled behavior students will discover the adaptations animals use to stay alive in their habitats.

 
GRADES 7-12
Length: 45 minutes Fee: $195 Maximum capacity: 50 persons

Lives of Reptiles
Learn about the four different orders of reptiles: the scaly squamata, the prehistoric crocodilians, the timeless testudines and the very rare tuatara. Reptiles will surprise you with their incredible adaptations, especially their predator response.

Wildlife for Sale
Parrots, tortoises and monkeys; what do all of these animals have in common? The pet trade has caused the decline of many of them. Students will learn how the pet trade is just one of the many reasons as to why animals are endangered.

Large Assembly (Stage show-150 person maximum)

 
GRADES 1-12
Length:
45-60 minutes Fee: $350 Maximum capacity: 150 persons

Survival- Animal Style
How do animals survive? Through exploring distinctive traits such as coloration, specialized teeth and unrivaled behavior students will discover the adaptations animals use to stay alive in their habitats.

Creature Feature
This interactive program focuses on fascinating creatures found around the world. Students will discover how featured animals have amazing specializations for survival in their natural habitats.