Grades 4–8

The Walking Toursymbol identifies programs that include instruction time in the Zoo.

Area skill sets are coded at the end of each program description:

  • EE-Environmental Education
  • S-Science
  • E-English Language
  • SS-Social Science
  • M-Math
At-Zoo cost per program/group : $20
Zoo to You cost : $65 first session, $35 per additional session
Program length : 60 minutes, unless listed differently below
Program dates : October 1 - May 23
Maximum students/session : Maximum of 30 students and 8 adults per session

Endangered Species Zoo to You

Explore factors that endanger wild animals and learn about conservation efforts that are helping several species. Students can touch elephant ivory, rhino horn, tiger fur and much more. (EE, S, E, SS) How to Register

Jaws, Claws & Paws Zoo to You  Walking Tour Available

Program length: 75 minutes at Zoo, 60 minutes at your school
Discover how predators succeed at hunting their prey. Learn through hands-on examination of skulls, claws, talons, and more.  See some of these predators up close as you take a trip to the Zoo’s Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country. (EE, S, E, M) How to Register

Partners & Parasites: Friend or Foe? Zoo to You

To help or to hurt, that is the question. Explore the complexities of animal relationships. Learn how animals exist symbiotically by examining real animal biofacts. (EE, S, E) How to Register

Predator Versus Prey  Walking Tour Available

Program length: 75 minutes
Students take an active role in the predator-prey relationship and compete to see which is better adapted to survive. Then travel into the Zoo to see predators and their prey. (EE, S, E) How to Register

Wisconsin Wildlife

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Match up native Wisconsin animals with the interesting habitats that they call home. Discover the features that make them fit by examining mounted specimens of several native animals. (EE, S, E, SS) How to Register

Zoo Careers Zoo to You 

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. (S, E) How to Register

ZSI: Zoo Science Investigation I Walking Tour Available 

Program dates: October 1 – December 20 and March 3 – May 23
Program length: 75 minutes

How did two different animal species contract the same disease? In this problem-based scenario, students apply logic and scientific reasoning to solve the challenge of a medical mystery regarding zoo animals. Along the way, they’ll learn how science is applied to animal care at the Zoo. (EE, S, E, SS) How to Register

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