program overview

Phoenix Zoo Distance Learning broadcasts into your classroom with live animals, engaging activities and inquiry-based programs – the same quality programming you expect from the Phoenix Zoo, just virtual. All you need is a computer, a projector and an Internet connection. Our presentations include a mix of live discussions and demonstrations, pre-recorded videos, interactive quizzes and questions, and live animal presentations. Students will be able to interact with Zoo Educators creating a two-way dialogue. All programs are designed to meet Arizona state academic standards.

Program Details

Duration: 45 – 60 minutes, depending upon the age of the students

Group Size:  Maximum of 40 attendees for each session.

Reservations & Questions: We require three weeks’ notice to book a program. To register or learn more, call 602.914.4333. Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email with instructions for preparing for the broadcast.

What to Expect: After booking, our Outreach team will contact you to learn more about the project on which your students are working. Please be prepared to provide specific topics of interest and/or questions to which your students are seeking answers. This pre-program communication is important as it will allow the Zoo Expert to prepare for the program and select appropriate animal ambassadors.  The possibilities are endless, but even Zoo Experts need time to prepare!  

Phoenix Zoo Distance Learning broadcasts into your classroom with live animals, engaging activities and inquiry-based programs – the same quality programming you expect from the Phoenix Zoo, just virtual. All you need is a computer, a projector and an internet connection and you’ll have access to dynamic programming from our Outreach team.

 

program topics

In this program, students will explore animal body features and be introduced to the concept of physical adaptation. Our Outreach Specialists will utilize a combination of live animals, captivating video and imagery, and interactive games. Ultimately, students will work together to create their own imaginary animal as they develop an understanding of why various body features are essential for animal survival. 

Designed to complement learning standards for grades 3 and 4, this program explores the physical and behavioral adaptations of a variety of plants and animals. Our Outreach Specialists will utilize a combination of live animals, captivating video and imagery, and interactive games to introduce or review the topic of adaptations.

Discover some human impacts on native Arizona species and how conservation biologists are working to help the environment and animals through videos, imagery and live animal encounters. We will explore some real conservation examples using the scientific process.

Let the power of video, imagery, live animals and interactive games help your students explore important aspects of evolution such as: natural selection, genotypic and phenotypic variation and the influence of environmental factors on species evolution. This program may serve as an introduction or review of these key topics in evolutionary study.

Bring a Zoo Expert to your classroom via video conferencing! Whether your students are working on projects about animals or investigating zoo careers, this flexible Q&A/interview style program is the perfect way to tap into the knowledge of a Zoo Expert.  Each one-hour session includes animal ambassadors and biofacts presented by a Zoo Expert who will help your students gain a deeper understanding of the topics they choose. 

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The Phoenix Zoo is one of the largest non-profit zoos in the U.S., caring for over 3,000 animals, with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened/endangered species.

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