For classrooms, organized groups and organizations
CHANGES TO UpCLOSE PROGRAM
Woodland Park Zoo's Education Department is currently developing a new strategy for community engagement and animal outreach programs which will likely impact the scope and focus of the Up CLOSE program. At the time of writing, we are still determining the eligibility parameters for these programs. We are not currently taking bookings for the 2016-2017 school year, however, we have set up an interest form that you can fill out online so you will be contacted when further information about our Up CLOSE program is available. Please fill out the form HERE.
|Woodland Park Zoo's Education Department is currently developing a new strategy for deeper engagement in our outreach programming through school and district level partnerships that utilize the Wild Wise program as their foundation. Please contact Kelly Frazee for more information.
The Wild Wise program includes a high-impact multimedia indoor presentation and a hands-on inquiry based outdoor exploration. Students learn to hone their observation and investigation skills as they study and spend time in Washington habitats, including their own!
The Wild Wise indoor presentation showcases the amazing habitats of Washington and the animals which call them home. The program also focuses on skills used by professional biologists and naturalists. Students will receive a waterproof field journal and embark on a virtual field trip across Washington, learning how to identify and recognize native flora and fauna. In addition they’ll see what people are doing to protect our environment right here in Washington, and what they can do to help.
Although we strongly encourage groups to participate in an Outdoor Exploration as well, the indoor presentation can be booked alone.
Outdoor Explorations are intended to follow the indoor program and serve as an extension of the topics covered inside. Many of our Outdoor Explorations have been designed to give your students hands on experience with the topics in the new Washington Science Standards. Select one of the Outdoor Exploration opportunities below when booking your program.
One hour minimum is required for each outdoor exploration.
Group size per outdoor exploration is limited to one class per hour. Outdoor Explorations can take place at your schoolyard, a state park or any nearby open space. Wild Wise Outdoor Explorations are custom designed to meet your available time and transportation resources. Whatever works to get your students outside, exploring and learning!
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Outdoor Exploration Opportunities
Our Nature Explorations category contains activities that help your students explore the wonders of nature. This program will be custom created for you and your students. An instructor will contact you in advance of your date to help you select your activity choices.
Site Requirements: Dependent upon activity.
Group Size: 1 class, split in 2 groups.
Research Based Field Exploration
Wild Wise Naturalists will help your students investigate a testable question that they have asked about their local natural space. Students will be able to choose from scientific equipment such as thermometers, densiometers, and quadrats to help them investigate their questions. The Wild Wise Naturalists will demonstrate appropriate use of the equipment, and help guide the students through their investigations.
Site Requirements: An area with a variable natural landscape, i.e. shaded with trees vs. an open field.
Group Size: 1 class, split into 7 groups
Wild Wise Naturalists will guide your students in a pond study to test the properties of the water and hypothesize what invertebrates may be present within these conditions. Students will then use dip nets to collect aquatic invertebrates for investigation. Careful collecting guidelines will be covered, and all life found will be returned to the water at the end of the program.
Site Requirements: Pond/Wetland
Group Size: one class, split into 7 groups
Compass and GPS Use
Wild Wise Naturalists will teach your students how to define their physical location using compasses and GPS units, and discuss how these skills are important in the field of wildlife conservation. Students will learn basic compass skills and then use their new skills to compete against each other in a compass relay activity. During the GPS activity the students will learn basic use guidelines, and then use their GPS units during a treasure hunt.
Site Requirements: Schoolyard
Group Size: 1 class, split into 2 groups
Wild Wise Naturalists guide your students through beginning drawing exercises, as well as group and individual nature journaling activities. Nature journaling is a great way to improve your students’ observational skills, and inspire them to spend more time outside!
Site Requirements: An introduction can be done in any outdoor space. The full activity is best done in an area with abundant flora.
Group Size: 1 class
Native Legends and Ethnobotany
Wild Wise Naturalists will share native legends about the plants and the animals of our region with your students. Following the legends, Wild Wise Naturalists will point out some of the local plants used by these native cultures and discuss how the use of our resources has changed over time.
Site Requirements: A natural space on school grounds or nearby park.
Group Size: 1 class