Zoo To You

Resources for your family to enjoy at home

VIRTUAL ZOO

 

While the zoo is temporarily closed, we're bringing the zoo to you to help you stay inspired and connected! Whether you're a family looking for nature play activities and science lesson plans for home, or a zoo fan who misses your furry and feathered friends, this virtual resource is for you.

ACTIVITY BOOKS

 

 

SIGN THE WISH BOOK

 

Submit your wish card to celebrate the baby gorilla and be entered to win some gorilla-worthy prizes!

Show your love for Uzumma's baby by sending him a wish. Each milestone in the baby’s life is a symbol of hope for his cousins in the wild, for the forests they live in and for our planet. What are your wishes for the baby gorilla? What do you hope for the future of endangered gorillas? Once we collect all of your wishes for the baby, we’ll put them into a wish book for our dedicated team of gorilla keepers.

Read the official contest rules


  1. Complete the front of the printout using any medium, style or theme you choose. (Digital or traditional—you decide!) Don't have a printer at home? No worries! Use whatever materials you have at home to draw, paint, write, collage or craft your gorilla wish—extra points for creativity!
  2. Don’t forget to write in your wishes for the baby and add your name
  3. When you're ready to submit your wish, take a photo of your wish or scan it to upload and submit your entry as a jpeg file. All entries must be submitted by June 12, 2020
  4. Submit your wish card

Download the wish template

ZOOMAZIUM ACTIVITIES

 


Aunts and Uncles and Grandparents, Oh, My!


Time: However much you have!  
Ages: Variations below for pre-verbal babies and toddlers, and for verbal preschoolers all the way up to youth.
School Connections: Early language development, observational skills

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Shake, Rattle, and Roar


Time: However much you have!
Ages: Birth-6 years
School Connections: Numeracy

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A Den Full of Cubs


Time: 10-20 minutes to build; then however long you want to stay in your den   
Ages: 18 months-8 years for the den building portion; newborn and up for the reading portion  
School Connections: Engineering and early literacy

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Fun with Sensory Play


Time: However much you have!
Ages: Birth to 3 years

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Caring for Neighborhood Birds


Time: From 10 to 30 minutes per project 
Age Range: Ages 4 to 8 years   

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Springtime Bug Yoga


Time: However much you have!   
Age Range: Ages 3 to 6 years   

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Creature Feature: Home Edition


Time: 5-15 minutes per story  
Ages: 18 months - 6 years old  

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Play Like an Otter


Time: However much you have!
Ages: Adaptable for ages 1 to 8 years

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RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS

 

 

Teacher packets, activity sheets and media resources.


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TEMPORARY CLOSURE
The zoo is temporarily closed following state recommendations to help slow the spread of coronavirus.
Get updates at zoo.org/health