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Can't bring your group to the Zoo? We'll come to you.
Our teachers will bring live animals, biofacts and animal expertise to your classroom for a wild lesson.
The outreach program is available weekdays between 9:00 a.m.and 4 p.m. Weekend and evening hours are available on a limited basis with adequate notice. These programs are available for ages 3 and older.
To schedule a Zoo Van program call 419.385.5721, ext. 2042.
Outreach Program Guidelines:
Register early; these programs fill quickly. When scheduling your program, please have the following information ready:
• Contact person’s name
• Address and telephone number of school, organization or contact person
• Program or service requested
• Date and time desired
Programs must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance, but we recommend scheduling your Outreach Program as far in advance as possible.
The Zoo Van does not bring live animals when the temperatures are too cold or too hot. We reserve the right to cancel and reschedule a program due to staff illness or inclement weather.
A maximum of three hours can be scheduled per day. Participants must be three years old or older. Please schedule for groups of approximately 35 students.
Standards-based Outreach Programs
Explore STEM and life science topics with 30-minute programs that are aligned to state standards. Every program features a Zoo Educator, 3 live animals and hands-on exploration of preserved animal pieces. Programs are for groups of up to 35 students.
• Wild Toledo: Native Animals
Sure, the Zoo has a lot of cool animals, but lots of interesting animals also may be lurking in your own backyard. This program teaches students about the species that live in our area and provides the chance to get to meet some of them.
• Amazing Adaptations
Have you ever wondered how animals endure the most extreme environments? This program teaches children what adaptations are and how they help animals survive.
• Endangered Species
Animals are at risk of going extinct all over the world, and there are many different reasons why. Students will identify those reasons and come up with ways that they can make a difference and help conserve our planet.
• Animal Needs
There are 5 basic needs that are essential for every animal. Students will learn what those needs are through activities and animal demonstrations.
• Zoo Careers
The Zoo needs many different people to help it run. With the help of some animal friends, this presentation teaches students about the different career options the Zoo offers.
• Cool Coverings
Students learn about what animals are covered with and why. Through animal presentations and activities, kids explore cool coverings like scales, feathers, skin and fur!
So many animals in the world that it’s hard to remember them all. By dividing animals into groups, it’s a little easier to remember them. Students review animal groups and their characteristics.
• Preschool Story Safari
This program combines a great story with the animals that starred in it. After reading the book, students learn about animals by exploring biofacts and then meeting an animal from the story.
Lucas County pricing: $35 for first program, $25 for additional programs
Adjacent county pricing: $45 for first program, $35 for additional programs
Other county pricing: $55 for first program, $45 for additional programs
The Toledo Zoo offers free programming for a select number of nonprofit organizations, libraries and hospitals within Lucas County. Please email the Education Department for more information.
Living Lab Experience Programs
Bring a living laboratory to your classroom as Zoo Educators engage your students in experiences and experiments to enhance their learning. Every program features a Zoo Educator, three live animals, and hands-on exploration of preserved animal pieces. Programs are for groups of up to 35 students. These experiences are designed for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
o What’s on the Menu? – an exploration of food webs with actual diet prep and feeding of live Zoo animals.
o Inquiry Exploration – a team-focused experience with an introduction to inquiry-based learning. Students will design and carryout a controlled lesson with one of the Zoo’s tortoise species.
o Technology and Conservation – students will utilize scientific equipment that researchers use in the field (radio tracking, etc.) to learn about and protect animals and plants.
Lucas County pricing: $55 for first program, $45 for additional programs
Adjacent county pricing: $65 for first program, $55 for additional programs
Other county pricing: $75 for first program, $65 for additional programs
Festivals, Fairs and Community Events
Want to add something wild to your school fair or community festival? The Zoo offers special programming for large audience events. The Festival Outreach programs feature three live animals from the Zoo and a table display of preserved animal pieces. For a small additional fee, the Zoo can bring out a cool animal-themed craft. This program is reserved in hour-long increments for up to 3 hours.
Lucas County pricing: $50 for first hour, $25 for additional hours
Adjacent county pricing: $75 for first hour, $50 for additional hours
Other county pricing: $100 for first hour, $50 for additional hours
Add an animal craft to any length experience for $25.
These audience participation shows are sure to wow your students as they explore the world of animals. Programs are aligned to state standards and feature theatrical elements in addition to live animals from the Zoo. Programs are designed for groups of 100-300 students. These experiences are one hour.
o Rainforest Encounter
$400 for first presentation, $200 for second presentation
o Zooper Challenge
$250 for first presentation, $125 for second presentation
o Animal Extravaganza
$125 for first presentation, $50 for second presentation
Create Your Own Topic
Yes, we can create custom topics for your group—call us to discuss your needs. Note: custom content must be approved at least four weeks prior to your program; an additional fee of $15 will apply for custom topics.
If you have a topic in mind but don’t see it listed, please call and ask about it. We are happy to develop customized programs if they are scheduled six weeks in advance.
How else can we bring the Zoo to you?
Thinking about having a BIG production to engage the minds of a BIG audience at your school or organization? Try one of our wildly entertaining and informative Assembly Programs. Learn more
Distance Learning Programs
Our distance learning programs work great for audiences down the street or across the country! If you have the equipment, we have several fun, interactive programs that will keep your audiences engaged and smiling. Learn more