Grades 4-8

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Next Generation Science Standards are coded at the end of each program description:

  • PS - Physical Science
  • LS - Life Science
  • ES - Earth Science
  • ESS - Earth and Space Science
  • ETS-Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science
At-Zoo cost per program/group : $45
Zoo to You cost : $65 first session, $45 per additional session
Program length : 75 minutes at Zoo, 60 minutes at your school (unless listed differently below)
Program dates : Oct. 3-May 19
Maximum students/session : Maximum of 30 students and 10 adults allowed in classroom

The Walking Toursymbol indicates that part of the program is outdoors; we go out rain or shine so dress accordingly.

Endangered Species Zoo to You  Walking Tour Available

Learn why wild animals become endangered. Examine elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger fur as we discuss why these animals need our protection. AT ZOO ONLY: Visit some of the endangered species within the Zoo’s collection. (LS, ESS) How to Register

Forces of Flight Walking Tour Available

Program length: 90 minutes
Lift, weight, thrust, and drag. Use your math, science, and engineering skills to investigate these forces and how they affect the motion of a bird in flight. Visit the Herb and Nada Mahler Family Aviary to observe the different types of flight being used by the birds in our Zoo. (PS, ETS) How to Register

Jaws, Claws & Paws Zoo to You  Walking Tour Available

Discover how predators succeed at hunting their prey through hands-on examination of skulls, claws, talons and more. Learn how speed, strength, stealth, and sensitivity can lead to capture or escape. AT ZOO ONLY: Venture into the Zoo’s Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country to see some of these predators up close. (LS) How to Register

Predator Versus Prey  Walking Tour Available

What if there were no predators? Answer this question as you participate in a role-play based on a real case study of a predator and prey relationship. Compete in teams to see which adaptations aid in survival. Travel into the Zoo to see our unique side-by-side predator and prey exhibits. (LS) How to Register

Symbiotic Relationships Zoo to You 

Explore the complexities of animal relationships. Some relationships are beneficial, while others are harmful. Learn how animals exist symbiotically by examining animal specimens and playing a symbiotic matching game. (LS) How to Register

Zoo Careers Zoo to You 

How do you give a penguin its vitamin each day? What special training is needed to handle venomous snakes? Take a look at the many responsibilities of zookeepers and veterinary staff at the Zoo. Learn about the specialized work involved in taking care of a diverse collection of animals. Program can be shortened for High Interest Days. (LS, ETS) How to Register

Zoo Science Investigation: Humboldt Penguin Walking Tour Available 

Program dates: Oct. 3- Dec. 16 and March 1-May 19
How could a Zoo animal contract a disease from the wild? In this problem-based scenario, apply logic and scientific reasoning to solve this challenging medical mystery involving Zoo animals. Learn how science is applied to animal care at the Zoo. (LS, ETS) How to Register