ZooSchool

ZooSchool programs offer students the opportunity to interact with zoo education staff, engage with touchable biofacts and observe animals first-hand.

All ZooSchool programs include a presentation by zoo education staff, touchable biofacts, animals and hands-on activities. Programs are available at the zoo and at schools across the Portland metropolitan area. Presentations are age-appropriate and reinforce academic standards in Oregon and Washington.

 


K–1st Grade

What is a bird?

Discover the avian world through activities and live birds. Students learn how feathers, eggs and beaks make birds unique. Includes two birds, at least one touchable.

Animal homes

Like people, animals need a safe place to live and raise a family. Learn what birds and other animals look for in the perfect home. Includes two animals, at least one touchable.

Beautiful bugs

Insects aren't the only type of invertebrate! Explore the incredible diversity of 'bugs' through hands-on encounters and activities. Compare different types of invertebrates: their shapes, sizes, and roles in the ecosystem. Includes four invertebrate species, at least one touchable.

2nd–3rd Grade

Jungle creatures and their special features

The rainforests are home to many amazing creatures. Explore adaptive features that help rainforest animals survive and find food. Includes three animals, with at least one touchable.

A bug's life

Egg, larva, metamorphosis and adult: Examine the life cycles of various invertebrates and learn about their roles in ecosystems in which they live. Includes four invertebrate species, at least one touchable.

In your own backyard

Wildlife is not limited to the "wild!" Meet animals that live in Oregon's backyards and schoolyards. Discover easy ways to support and attract more of them. Includes three native animals, at least one touchable.

Africa's smallest hunters

Predators come in all sizes! Meet some of Africa's smallest predators and learn how they hunt and avoid being hunted. Includes three African species, with at least one touchable animal.

Critter coverings

Feathers for flying, scales for slithering, fur for fluffing: Discover how different body coverings help animals survive. Includes a bird, reptile and mammal, with at least one touchable animal.

Home sweet habitat

Explore differences between animal homes and discover what all living things need for survival. Includes a bird, reptile and mammal, with at least one touchable animal.

4th–5th Grade

Riches of the rainforest

Tropical rainforests are the most diverse environments on the planet. Students will learn about the unique plants and animals found in the jungle, and how they depend on each other for survival. Includes three animals, at least one touchable.

Predator-prey, Africa-style

Predators have adaptations to catch their prey; prey have adaptations to elude them. Meet African animals that are both predator and prey and discover the surprising ways they survive in the wild. Includes three African species, with at least one touchable animal.

Adaptations

Animals have adaptations to help them find food and avoid becoming food. Learn how adaptations in feet, teeth, fur and feathers help animals survive. Includes three animals, at least one touchable.

Northwest animals

The great Northwest is home to many hard-to-find creatures, especially if you don't know what to look for! Journey through diverse Oregon habitats and discover how tracks, scat and other animal signs tell the stories about the animals all around. Includes three native animals, at least one touchable.

6th–8th Grade

African animals and artifacts

Africa is famous for its fantastic fauna. Unfortunately, many African animals are at risk of extinction due to illegal trade and hunting. Meet African animals and learn ways to appreciate and protect them. Includes four African species, with at least one touchable animal.

Junior creature teachers

Zookeepers use training to help animals get exercise and keep their minds active. Learn how zookeepers communicate with animals and try your hand at animal training. Includes four animals, at least one touchable.

Rainforest resources

Tropical rainforests provide people and animals with many important resources. Learn how conscious use of resources can benefit animals and people without harming these delicate environments. Includes four animals, at least one touchable.

9th–12th Grade

Conservation consumers

Students can use their growing purchasing power to help or harm the environment. Food, clothes, and technology all require resources and generate waste that can degrade habitats. Activities connect students with resources they use, empowering them to make choices that positively affect the environment. Includes three animals, at least one touchable.

Animal training 101

Caring for zoo animals involves more than just scooping poop. Learn how zookeepers train animals to participate in their care, keeping their bodies healthy and their minds active. Includes an opportunity for students to practice training techniques. Includes three animals, at least one touchable.

Cost per group

Fee for ZooSchool programs at the zoo does not include zoo admission. Maximum group size per session is 32 students.

At the zoo

Grade Duration Fee, September to March    
Fee, April to June
kindergarten and first     30 minutes     $50 $65
second and third 40 minutes $60 $75
fourth and fifth 40 minutes $60 $75
sixth through eighth 50 minutes $70 $85
ninth through 12th 50 minutes $70 $85

At your school

Grade Duration Fee, first presentation    

Fee, each additional presentation
(up to four OF THE SAME PRESENTATION)

kindergarten and first     30 minutes     $70 $55
second and third 40 minutes $85 $70
fourth and fifth 40 minutes $85 $70
sixth through eighth 50 minutes $100 $85
ninth through 12th 50 minutes $100 $85

Register for ZooSchool

ZooSchool programs are available mid-September to mid-June at the zoo or mid-September through April at your school. Two weeks advance booking is required.

Tracy Modde
tracy.modde@oregonzoo.org
503-220-2781