Plug Into the Possibilities.

The Toledo Zoo uses cutting-edge technology to bring interactive videoconference learning to classrooms with compatible equipment. Single or multipoint connections offer the benefits and convenience of a virtual field trip. Students expand their knowledge by meeting live animals, exploring exhibits and participating in learning activities with the Zoo's education personnel. Our programs are aligned to National Science Standards.

Programs Offered:

Animal Adaptations (K-12)

What is an adaptation, how do adaptations happen and what do they mean to animals and the natural world? Students review this and much more as they explore how an adaptation aids survival. Simulations and experiments help students become better skilled at observing and recognizing adaptations and how they help animals to succeed in their niches. Older students will gain knowledge about natural selection and explore both physical and behavioral adaptations on a more complex level.

National Science Standards met:

  NS.K-4.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand that organisms live in specific environments/ conditions
  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand the diversity and adaptations of organisms
  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand structure and function of living systems
  SC 2.2 Notice changes in living things, over time

Animal Coverings (K-3)

Explore the differences and similarities among animal coverings through puppets, animal biofacts and live animals. Children observe “inside/outside” skeletons and play simple sorting games using beanie animals, foodstuffs, etc. Puppets will introduce the different groups; then live animals from different classes visit to show off their covers. The concepts of camouflage and mimicry will be introduced.

National Science Standards met:

  NS.K-4.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand that plants and animals are classified according to their characteristics: body coverings; body structure, etc.
  SC 2.1 Recognize the difference between living and nonliving things
  SC 2.4 Notice similarities, differences, and categories of plants and animals

Animal Groups (Grades 2-4)

Students discuss the variety of living organisms and why we name and group them. We’ll introduce the concepts of living/non-living and plant/animal. Students will learn that science categorizes animals based on differences and similarities; we’ll introduce the terms vertebrate and invertebrate, utilizing live animals and animal biofacts to “test” whether students have learned the basic differences among five classes of vertebrates (i.e. fish, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians). Sorting games help illustrate how groups are formed using similarities and differences.

National Science Standards met:

  NS.K-4.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand that plants and animals are classified according to their characteristics: body coverings; body structure, etc.
  SC 2.1 Recognize the difference between living and nonliving things
  SC 2.4 Notice similarities, differences, and categories of plants and animals

Animal Classification (Grades 4-10)

Students discuss the variety of living organisms and why we name and group them. They also learn who created binomial nomenclature, why the world of science needed it, and why we need to learn all that Latin! A few basic Latin root words used in classification will be introduced. We’ll bring carnivore and herbivore skulls for younger students (we’ll learn about omnivores, too); then we’ll discuss how animals can be grouped according to the foods they eat. Older students learn the term “taxonomy” and the divisions of kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus and species. Working in groups, students create mnemonic devices to remember these divisions. Games and sorting strategies help students see how science uses differences and similarities to form groups. To test what they learn in this session, students will classify live animals.

National Science Standards met:

  NS.K-4.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand that plants and animals are classified according to their characteristics: body coverings; body structure, etc.
  SC 2.1 Recognize the difference between living and nonliving things
  SC 2.4 Notice similarities, differences, and categories of plants and animals

Arctic Animals (K-3)

Students learn the basic geography and physical characteristics of the Arctic, with the opportunity to learn more about our polar bears and seals. We’ll emphasize the special adaptations that help animals and peoples survive the harsh climate and circumstances in the Arctic, illustrating how life persists in the cold climate.

National Science Standards met:

  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand populations and ecosystems
  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand the diversity and adaptations of organisms
  SC 4.4 Understand the importance of natural resources; that the environment provides for the needs of living things
  SC 4.5 Show beginning understanding of how human activities may alter the environment

Arctic People and Culture (Grades 2-8)

After a brief introduction to the Arctic, students learn about Arctic peoples. Focusing on Inuit culture, students will learn what “culture” encompasses. They also complete a Venn diagram to illustrate the differences and similarities between their culture and Inuit culture, highlighting dress, transportation, art, games, food, housing and how animals affect culture. This includes, of course, a look at polar bears and seals! Students finish the session with a PowerPoint review and an Arctic Challenge. Beware—few survive!

National Science Standards met:

  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand populations and ecosystems
  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand the diversity and adaptations of organisms
  SC 4.4 Understand the importance of natural resources; that the environment provides for the needs of living things
  SC 4.5 Show beginning understanding of how human activities may alter the environment

Desert Dwellers (Grades 2-8)

Students learn what a desert is, where deserts are and what they look like, along with exploring some of the fascinating animals that live in deserts. Distinctive desert plants are included as well. The primary focus is how living things adapt to the arid conditions and temperature swings.

National Science Standards met:

  NS.K-4.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand the basic needs of all living organisms: air; food; water; habitat
  NS.K-4.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand that organisms live in specific environments/ conditions
  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand diversity and adaptations of organisms
  SC 4.4 Understand the importance of natural resources; that the environment provides for the needs of living things

Endangered Species (K-12)

Students of all ages learn about the plight of endangered animals with a basic overview of what (who) has caused this dilemma and what we can do about it. Using live animals and biofacts, they see some of the products and ornaments that animals are used for and learn how zoos are working to promote awareness, appreciation and conservation of animals.

K-2 will learn the meanings of “endangered,” “extinct,” and “habitat.” Students discover how we are all part of the problem but can work to be part of the solutions, e.g., recycling, reducing, re-using, protecting and creating habitats, and being smart consumers.

3-8 will look at specific problems causing endangerment, i.e., poaching, over-harvesting, pet trade, habitat destruction and pollution.

9-12 will explore in-depth some of the complex issues surrounding conservation, i.e., jobs, politics, money needed, space needed, preparing the wild for re-introduction, and considerations for genetic diversity. Students play a game of “In Jeopardy” with Alexa Treesback to determine whether they have the knowledge to help win the most important game of all.

National Science Standards met:

  NS.K-4.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand the basic needs of all living organisms: air; food; water; habitat
  NS.K-4.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand that organisms live in specific environments/ conditions
  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand populations and ecosystems
  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand diversity and adaptations of organisms
  SC 2.2 Notice changes in living things, over time
  SC 4.4 Understand the importance of natural resources; that the environment provides for the needs of living things
  SC 4.5 Show beginning understanding of how human activities may alter the environment

Food Chains and Webs (Grades 3-8)

Games that create student food chains will help them develop a better awareness of how ecosystems work. Using the premise that “everybody is somebody’s lunch,” students will appreciate how each aspect of life represents a certain amount of energy and then convert that to ecosystems. Because it all starts with the sun, a good review of photosynthesis is included. Students will work together to create an Arctic food chain. To top it off, a living food chain of animals will visit to help students “digest” this material.

National Science Standards met:

  NS.K-4.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand the basic needs of all living organisms: air; food; water; habitat
  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand populations and ecosystems
  SC 2.3 Understand that plants and animals have life cycles
  SC 2.5 Trace the organization of simple food chains/food webs

Hibernation and More (K-4)

Winter, BBBRRRR!!! It’s not just “one size fits all.” Some animals flee; some animals sleep; some animals just put up with it. Explore how animals survive the low temperatures, darkness and depleted food supplies of winter.

National Science Standards met:

  NS.K-4.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand that organisms live in specific environments/ conditions
  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand regulation and behavior
  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand populations and ecosystems
  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand diversity and adaptations of organisms

Ohio Standard: Life Science:

  Benchmark B: Explain how organisms function and interact with their physical environment.
  Benchmark C: Compare changes in an organism’s ecosystem/habitat that affect its survival.

Ohio Natives (K-8)

You’ve heard the term “Native Americans”—but did you know that animals, and even plants, can also be natives? This program is about animals and plants that live in Ohio (beyond buckeyes). Some may even live in your backyard!

National Science Standards met:

  NS.K-4.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand the basic needs of all living organisms: air; food; water; habitat
  NS.K-4.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand that organisms live in specific environments/ conditions
  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand populations and ecosystems
  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand diversity and adaptations of organisms

Ohio Standard: Life Science:

  Benchmark B: Explain how organisms function and interact with their physical environment..
  Benchmark C: Compare changes in an organism’s ecosystem/habitat that affect its survival.

Rainforest - Layers of Life (K-8)

Tune in to share the secrets of each layer (floor, understory, canopy, emergent layer) of this distinctive biome of abundant biodiversity. Students review questions that include: What is a rainforest? Where are they? What do they look, feel and sound like? Why are they so important? Students meet a few live rainforest species and observe an experiment that turns plant by-product into a product they see almost daily in their lives. Experiments and live animals will help your students gain new insights into tropical topics!

National Science Standards met:

  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand populations and ecosystems
  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand diversity and adaptations of organisms
  SC 4.4 Understand the importance of natural resources; that the environment provides for the needs of living things
  SC 4.5 Show beginning understanding of how human activities may alter the environment

SPIDERS AND BATS AND RATS, OH MY—(Note: This course fills up fast in anticipation of Halloween!)

Offered October 19 - 31, 2011
In defense of those “scary, yucky and creepy” animals associated with Halloween, we’re offering this special Distance Learning program, Oct. 19-31, 2011. The program cost is $85; we are in the Eastern Time Zone.

  NS.K-4.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand that organisms live in specific environments/conditions
  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand the diversity and adaptations of organisms
  NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE Understand structure and function of living systems

All programs can be modified to meet specific lesson goals, age levels and experience levels. Call 419.385.5721, ext. 2044 to discuss your needs.

Other Information:

  Call 419.385.5721, ext 2082 or 2044 to arrange date(s) and time(s).
  We will send you an online registration form. Please complete and email it back to address provided on the form.
  We can provide classes via IP connections.
  Test times are Wednesdays, 2 - 4 p.m. Eastern time zone. (Please call for IP address)
  Maximum of 50 students per session. However, we suggest no more than 30 for the best experience.
  Please call to cancel if weather in your area closes school. If the Zoo is closed, we will cancel the session.
  Fees will be invoiced to whomever you direct after program is completed.

The cost is $85. per class, plus bridging charges for multi-point hookups. For more information please call 419.385.5721, ext. 2046 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Watch for additional special program offerings!