ZooSchool

ZooSchool programs offer students the opportunity to engage with zoo education staff, participate in an interactive activity and observe live animals first-hand.

Enhance student learning with one of our new ZooSchool programs, available at the zoo and at schools across the Portland metropolitan area. All programs include an interactive presentation by zoo education staff, hands-on activities and live animals. A list of appropriate pre- and post-visit activities accompanies each program. Lessons are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Oregon Social Studies Standards. Maximum group size per session is 32 students.

 

Preschool

Critter Coverings

Feathers for flying, scales for slithering, fur for fluffing. Use your scientific observation skills to discover how animals use their body coverings to survive. This 40 minute program includes three live animals, at least one touchable.

Cost for programs at the zoo: $75 per class. Zoo admission is not included.
Cost for programs at your school: $95 for first presentation, $85 for additional presentations on the same day (up to three of the same program)
Maximum group size: 32 students
Pre and post activity suggestions are available here.

Kindergarten

There's No Place Like Home

Food, water, shelter, space – Explore through song, live animals and an interactive felt board what all animals need in their habitat to live and raise young. Learn how to care for the environment to keep our wildlife friends happy and healthy. This 40 minute program includes two live animals, at  least one touchable.

Cost for programs at the zoo: $75 per class. Zoo admission is not included.
Cost for programs at your school: $95 for first presentation, $85 for additional presentations on the same day (up to three of the same program)
Maximum group size: 32 students
Pre and post activity suggestions are available here.

1st grade

Winter Warriors

Brrr… it’s cold outside! Compare how different animals adapt to seasonal changes in weather. Use imaginative role-play to discover the way migrators, hibernators, and acclimators stay cozy in cold weather.  This 50 minute program includes two live animals, at  least one touchable.  This 50 minute program includes two live animals, at  least one touchable.

Cost for programs at the zoo: $85 per class. Zoo admission is not included.
Cost for programs at your school: $110 for first presentation, $100 for additional presentations on the same day (up to three of the same program)
Maximum group size: 32 students
Pre and post activity suggestions are available here.

2nd grade

Critter Communities

It takes a village to thrive. Learn the importance of diversity in making healthy wildlife communities for both plants and animals. Play an interactive building game to learn how we can care for our Northwest forest ecosystem. This 50 minute program includes two live animals, at least one touchable.

Cost for programs at the zoo: $85 per class. Zoo admission is not included.
Cost for programs at your school: $110 for first presentation, $100 for additional presentations on the same day (up to three of the same program)
Maximum group size: 32 students
Pre and post activity suggestions are available here.

3rd grade

Just Grow Up!

Discover the fascinating life cycles of some amazing animals. Examine real butterfly biofacts and discover how the Oregon Zoo is using knowledge about an animal’s life cycle to protect the endangered Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly. This 50 minute program includes two live animals, at least one touchable.

Cost for programs at the zoo: $85 per class. Zoo admission is not included.
Cost for programs at your school: $110 for first presentation, $100 for additional presentations on the same day (up to three of the same program)
Maximum group size: 32 students
Pre and post activity suggestions are available here.

4th Grade

Adaptation Artistry

Explore how animals’ adaptations help them survive and thrive in their wild habitats. Use comedic costumery to illustrate why habitat loss impacts animals like the vulnerable Oregon spotted frog and learn how we can help them recover. This 60 minute program includes two live animals, at least one touchable.

Cost for programs at the zoo: $95 per class. Zoo admission is not included.
Cost for programs at your school: $125 for first presentation, $115 for additional presentations on the same day (up to three of the same program)
Maximum group size: 32 students
Pre and post activity suggestions available here.

5th Grade

What's for Lunch?

Create an interactive food web model to visualize the intricate connections between the plants and animals of our Northwest forest ecosystem. Discover what happens to an ecosystem when an animal disappears and learn to take action for wildlife. This 60 minute program includes two live animals, at least one touchable. 

Cost for programs at the zoo: $95 per class. Zoo admission is not included.
Cost for programs at your school: $125 for first presentation, $115 for additional presentations on the same day (up to three of the same program)
Maximum group size: 32 students
Pre and post activity suggestions available here.


6th–12th Grade

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. This 60 minute program includes three animals, at least one touchable.

Cost for programs at the zoo: $95 per class. Zoo admission is not included.
Cost for programs at your school: $125 for first presentation, $115 for additional presentations on the same day (up to three of the same program)
Maximum group size: 32 students
Pre and post activity suggestions available here.

Animal Nutrition 101

What does it take to keep zoo animals well-fed? Discover how zookeepers prepare a nutritionally complete diet for animals in their care in this interactive simulation. This 60 minute program includes two live animals, at least one of which is touchable. (Note: This program involves the consumption of food by students. Nuts will not be served.)

Cost for programs at the zoo: $95 per class. Zoo admission is not included.
Cost for programs at your school: $125 for first presentation, $115 for additional presentations on the same day (up to three of the same program)
Maximum group size: 32 students
Pre and post acivity suggestions available here.


So You Want to be a Zookeeper

Maintaining the health and welfare of animals in human care involves more than just feeding and cleaning. Join a former zookeeper on a visit to our award winning Elephant Lands exhibit and explore the important role keepers play in designing exhibits, creating behavioral enrichment activities, and crafting healthy diets. Learn about the educational requirements and animal handling experience needed for a career in zookeeping. This 45 minute program is only available at the zoo on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Not available at your school.

Cost: $90 per group of 16 students. Zoo admission is not included.
Maximum group size per session is 16 students.

Register for ZooSchool

ZooSchool programs are available from October to early-June. Two weeks advance booking is required.

Please note that ZooSchool is a separate purchase from school group zoo admission. ZooSchool presentations at the zoo still require the purchase of admission tickets. Reserve your field trip and admission tickets at www.oregonzoo.org.

Please contact the Education Office with any questions or to schedule your ZooSchool.