Virtual School Programs

Want to explore the Milwaukee County Zoo with us? Join one of your favorite Zoo teachers via Zoom for an exciting blend of interactive live experiences and high-quality videos about science, biology and conservation. We have different offerings to help fit the needs of your classroom.

Zoo Class Explore

Zoo Class Explore is a 30 to 40-minute* interactive blend of live experiences and high-quality videos about science, biology and conservation. It is a fun, standards-based class with a twist of entertainment that will allow learners to connect with classmates, teachers, scientists, actors and Milwaukee County Zoo staff.

Zoo Class Live

Zoo Class Live is approximately a 25-minute* livestream dialogue via Zoom with one of your favorite Zoo teachers and a featured animal ambassador. Your learners will engage in a thought-provoking experience about science, biology and conservation!

*Zoo Class Explore and Zoo Class Live are interactive experiences! The experience is maximized if learners at home or in the classroom have a camera and microphone available. We cannot guarantee class times if learners do not participate during class.

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Class Offerings

Supplement your curriculum with either a Zoo Class Explore or a Zoo Class Live! We offer one unique topic for grades K-5 per month and one unique topic for grades 6-8 per semester.

$95

Single Zoo Class Live Limited Availability!

$105

Single Zoo Class Explore

Class Offerings

Supplement your curriculum with either a Zoo Class Explore or a Zoo Class Live! We offer one unique topic for grades K-5 per month and one unique topic for grades 6-8 per semester.

$95

Single Zoo Class Live Limited Availability!

$105

Single Zoo Class Explore

Zoo Class Explore Topics Grades K-2

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Buzzin’ Around the Zoo
October

With “Buzz” the bumblebee by our side, let’s go exploring to learn about some fascinating invertebrates that live at our Zoo. They may not have a backbone, but you won’t BEE-lieve their other unique body parts and how they use them to survive.

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Show Some Backbone!
November

Mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and amphibians. They all have backbones, but how are they different? With “Bobo” the bonobo by our side, let’s sort it out as we discover the body coverings and functions that are special to each group of vertebrates.

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Home Sweet Habitat
December

There’s no place like home. All animals have a habitat that provides what they need in order to survive. With “Tomas” the toucan by our side, let’s fly around the Zoo to explore some wild and wonderful habitats, and learn how these habitats meet the needs of the animals that live there.

Zoo Class Explore Topics Grades 3–5

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Channel Zoo News: Ecosystem Heroes
October

Breaking news! Did you know the Zoo has animals from many different ecosystems? Check out what makes each ecosystem unique as our Channel Zoo News crew gets the scoop live from the Zoo.

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Food Chains: Link by Link
November

Every ecosystem has a chain of events that ensures each living creature has the food it needs to survive. Follow the path that energy takes and find out who’s eating whom!

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The Wild World of Adaptations
December

Animals in the wild survive by the bite of their teeth, the scratch of their claws, the swipe of their horns and so much more. Travel the world as we learn how animals use their adaptations to get the resources they need.

Zoo Class Explore Topic Grades 6–8

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Decoding Biodiversity: Saving Endangered Species
October-December

Learn about biodiversity and endangered species from conservation scientists and zookeepers. Discover how endangered species are classified and how you can help them from the comfort of your own home. Finally, meet an endangered animal from Wisconsin, Sheldon the ornate box turtle!

How to Register

If you are interested in ZooConnect for your group of learners, please submit this inquiry form, and a registration specialist will contact you to schedule your classes within 5 business days. Note that due to high volume, you must submit an inquiry form to express your interest; we cannot accommodate phone call inquiries. Space is limited.

With the generous support of Kohl’s, schools in need of financial support can apply for Zoo Learning Experience funding.

Learn More About Funding

The Milwaukee County Zoo is currently booking onsite field trips. If you would like to bring your class to the Zoo click here.

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