RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS

Teacher packets, activity sheets and media resources.

YOUTH & FAMILY ACTIVITIES

 

Woodland Park Zoo’s Youth and Adult Engagement team focuses on programs that develop connections to nature and animals, scientific understanding, and promote connections to self and community.

While the zoo is temporarily closed to the public, we wanted to share ideas for activities you can use to connect with nature around you, wherever you may be. Look for a new set of activities each week! 

 

Local bird

Be a Nature Detective


Stop, look, and listen! There are clues to be found from the wildlife all around us. This week we will explore signs of animal presence through a lesson, nature walk and art activity.

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Close up of several fern fronds

Every Day is Earth Day!


We can each care for our natural communities in our own way and there are so many ways we can positively impact the natural world! This week, learn some tools and techniques to contribute to our understanding of local species and get creative by reusing materials for a new purpose.

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Local bird

Birds, Birds, Everywhere!


Open your eyes and ears to the birds in your area! Birds are active at all times of year and there is always something to see or hear when you pause to observe. Learn some bird identification basics with an easy-to-use app, put your new skills into practice on a bird walk, and make a sound map.

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Sow bugs on a slice of watermelon

Digging Into Decomposers


While we sometimes overlook them, decomposers are important organisms who play a vital role in keeping our environment healthy. Look for local decomposers, watch decomposition up close, and explore soil in this set of activities.

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Welcome Spring!


Spring is arriving and the signs of the changing seasons are all around us. Take some time to pause, observe nature, and witness the start of spring. 

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GET YOUR RESOURCES

 

ACTIVITY SHEETS



Self-Guided Visits


These information packets can be valuable aids for connecting your zoo field trip with your classroom curriculum. Resources are provided for focusing your field trip on a specific animal group, on a biome represented at Woodland Park Zoo, or for engaging your students in inquiry-based activities during their zoo visit.

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MEDIA RESOURCES



Presentation Resources


The PowerPoint presentations are available to download at no charge. These presentations are intended for educational use only.

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TEACHER PACKETS



Grades K-12


The packets can be used to help you design a curriculum for use at the zoo or in your classroom. Original publication and revision dates are listed under the title of each packet.

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RESOURCES FOR LOAN

Suitcase for Survival

Grades: 5-12

Fee:
$25.00 loan fee; full payment — cash or check (made out to Woodland Park Zoo) — must be made when you pick up your resource.

Details:
The Suitcase for Survival can be borrowed for a maximum of two weeks. The Suitcase must be picked up and dropped off at the zoo’s Guest Services inside the South Entrance.

To schedule:
Please call 206.548.2424 option 4 or email schools@zoo.org to request the Suitcase for Survival. Please indicate your name, school name, email, phone number and loan period (start date and end date, two-week period).

The Suitcase for Survival, 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 upper elementary through high school educators upon completion of a zoo-sponsored teacher workshop concerning international wildlife trade and its serious impact on animal survival. See our Educator Professional Development page or call 206.548.2424 for dates and times of upcoming teacher workshops.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE
The zoo is temporarily closed following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus.
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