programs designed specifically for students with special needs
The Phoenix Zoo offers a multisensory program developed specifically for students with special needs. Live animals, photographs, skull models, pelts, animal figures and more are used to engage students and demonstrate concepts. Our program utilizes a sensory motor approach; students move between stations and are encouraged to touch, smell and feel all appropriate items. This program can be geared towards students of all ages and functioning levels. Students are introduced to live animal ambassadors to reinforce concepts and to allow students an opportunity to reach beyond their comfort zones. The animal families discussed are: invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. The “Animal Families” program is presented by Zoo Volunteers.
Programs are offered on Mondays, October – April, by reservation only (at least two weeks in advance) and are free with paid admission to the Zoo. Click here to review the Special Needs Booking Form, or call us at 602.914.4333 for more information.
Sense of Wonder Camp
Sense of Wonder Camp offers a safe yet challenging educational experience designed to build a camper’s independence, confidence and skills. Although lessons are developed ahead of time, we leave room for individual self-expression and the program is flexible to meet the needs of individuals within the group. Sense of Wonder Camp is designed for children with sensory or orthopedic impairments.
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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.