DVDs and curriculum packets can be mailed or picked up/dropped off at Woodland Park Zoo at Guest Services inside the South Entrance; teaching kits must be picked up/dropped off at the zoo.Full payment — cash or check (made out to Woodland Park Zoo) — must be made when you pick up your resource. If the resource is being mailed to you, we will send you a bill. Borrower is responsible for return postage. All resources can be borrowed for a maximum of two weeks.

To borrow any of these resources download the registration form here. or call 206.548.2500 x 1539

DVDs and Curriculum Packets

DVDs and Curriculum Packets must be picked up and dropped off at the zoo’s Guest Services inside the South Entrance. Borrower is responsible for return postage. $10.00 loan fee

India: Land of the Tiger (1998)

Time: Six 60-minute segments
Grades: 6-12
This six-hour miniseries presents not just the mesmerizing, stunningly photographed beauty and astonishing diversity of wildlife on the Indian subcontinent, but also how humanity is entangled with nature. Host and narrator, Valmik Thapar, is a world-renowned tiger expert, wildlife conservationist and author, well know in India for his tireless efforts to achieve a balance between social and economic policies and the survival of the tiger.

Methods for Animal Behavior Research (2008)  

Time: 2.5 hours
Grades: 9-12 
Developed by research scientists and animal curators as a collaborative project of the Association of Zoos & Aquarium’s Behavior Advisory Group, this is a comprehensive DVD tutorial that will help students or professionals seeking to develop their skills in the research process or the study of animal behavior.

Snow Leopard Trust: Engaging Students in Conservation

Grades: 5-8
This teaching packet, from the Snow Leopard Trust, includes a copy of the Engaging Students in Conservation: Protecting the Endangered Snow Leopard curriculum (produced in partnership with Facing the Future), a DVD, a sample newsletter and other printed materials about snow leopard conservation. The curriculum is designed as a 1 to 2 week unit for 5th – 8th grades; the series of five lessons introduce snow leopards and their unique ecosystem, explores human-wildlife conflict that exist where people and snow leopards overlap, and engages students in the creative process of developing conservation solutions.

Strange Days on Planet Earth (2005)

Time: Four 60-minute segments
Grades: 4-12
Around the globe, scientists are racing to solve a series of mysteries: what happens to an ecosystem when top predators disappear? Why do invasive species cause such havoc? National Geographic’s Strange Days on Planet Earth uses engaging storytelling and innovative imaging to explore new discoveries about the health of the planet. Each of the four one-hour episodes (Invaders, The One Degree Factor, Predators and Troubled Waters) is constructed as a high-tech detective story, revealing the way that seemingly distant events are connected and how they are affecting our individual health and well being. Includes an Activity Guide for educators. Spanish language version available.

The Vanishing Shrub-Steppe (2001) 

Time: 20 minutes
Grades: K-8
Produced by LeapFrog Productions and the Bureau of Land Management, this video takes you on a journey through the shrub-steppe landscape of central Washington, including basalt cliffs and coulees, blooming wildflowers, sagebrush-covered hills and isolated ponds and streams. Four threatened shrub-steppe animals are highlighted.

Wild Spaces, Wild Species – A Biodiversity Journey (2001)

Time: 18.5 minutes
Grades: 5-12
This slide/tape/CD-ROM program, produced by World Wildlife Fund, explores the incredible diversity of living things on the planet, the many benefits we get from biodiversity, and the challenges facing biodiversity conservation.



Small Teaching Kits

Small teaching kits must be picked up and dropped off at the zoo’s Guest Services inside the South Entrance. $10.00 loan fee

Amphibian Alert

Grades: 2-5
This teaching kit, produced by the Declining Amphibian Population Task Force and the Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, focuses on why amphibian population declines are important to scientists and communities throughout the world. The kit includes background information, three slide presentations, audio and video tapes, The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer, sample posters and reading material, classroom lesson plans and field activities.

Biodiversity Education Collection

Grades: 6-9
This collection of teaching materials, produced by World Wildlife Fund, includes the following: Windows on the Wild curriculum set (Biodiversity Basics, Wildlife for Sale and Oceans of Life), Environmental Issues Forums (The Biodiversity Debate: Exploring the Issue, Fisheries for the Future), The Biodiversity Collection: A Review of Resources for Educators, Taking Action: An Educator’s Guide to Involving Students in Environmental Action Projects, and a set of maps highlighting the world’s biodiversity.

Habitats: Realm of the Tiger

This teaching kit, produced by the National Geographic Society, includes two video tapes, student handout masters, 40 transparencies and a teacher's guide. The kit focuses on tigers, their habitats and issues concerning their survival in the wild.



Large Teaching Kits

Large teaching kits must be picked up and dropped off at the zoo’s Guest Services inside the South Entrance. $25.00 loan fee

Suitcase for Survival

Grades: 5-12
This teaching kit, containing confiscated endangered species items obtained from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service together with education materials prepared by World Wildlife Fund, is available for loan to middle school educators upon completion of a zoo-sponsored teacher workshop concerning international wildlife trade and its serious impact on animal survival. Consult the zoo’s educators’ newsletter, Zoo Edition, or call 206-548-2424 for dates and times of upcoming teacher workshops.

Up CLOSE Discovery Kits

Grades: K-12
Teachers participating in an Up CLOSE program may also rent an Arthropod, Raptor, Owl or Reptile Discovery Kit for two weeks. Biological specimens may include: bones, skulls, feathers, skins, and mounted displays. Videos, books and current news articles are just a few of the additional items you will find in one of these kits. Visit these pages for more information or call 206-548-2424 to schedule an Up CLOSE animal outreach visit to your school.



Other Local Resources for Loan Kits


Seattle Audubon 

Education Kits Enhance your environmental education and science units with the aid of Seattle Audubon's Education Kits, developed by our Education staff for teacher use in Seattle Public School classrooms. Each kit comes packed with hands-on props, project and group activity materials, and an easy-to-follow program guide. Props provided in each kit may include: Seattle Audubon stuffed animals and/or puppets, posters, picture books, field guides, binoculars, magnifying glasses, and actual bird specimens, including bird skins (birds that die of natural causes and are prepped by Seattle Audubon for use in education settings), bird wings, bird feet, bird skeletons and/or bones, and feathers.
Rental Fee: $35 for one week ($30 for members), $45 for two weeks. $100 refundable damage deposit required. Financial assistance is available.
Topics: Raptors, local birds, rainforests, old growth forests, bird flight physics, and bird song identification.
To reserve an education kit, please call (206) 523-8243 x11. Education kit rentals require one week advance notice.

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Burke Boxes are portable boxes of scientific specimens and cultural artifacts for all ages, designed to supplement the study of various topics in cultural and natural history. The sixty-two Burke Boxes, formerly known as Traveling Study Collections, make up the largest resource of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Each box contains background information, object descriptions, and activity suggestions and lesson plans for multiple grade levels and learning styles. Many boxes also contain supplemental books, DVDs or audio, maps, posters, and other useful classroom tools.
Rental Fee: Minimum charge for 1 week: $35.00 plus applicable sales tax. Two weeks: $40.00 plus applicable sales tax. Cost assistance available.
Topics: Bats, Birds of Washington, Fish, Insects, Mammals of Washington, Marine Invertebrates, Whales and other topics across the museum's many disciplines including Native American and Pacific Rim culture studies and earth science.
Request a Burke Box online or reserve by phone 206-543-5591 or by e-mail