ZOOlab Topics

Special ZOOlab Opportunity

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is extending an invitation to interested teachers (grades 4 though 8) for participation in a school-based partnership focused on climate change. Students will also be invited to come to the Zoo on a field trip where they will participate in a free ZOOlab and discover how the changing climates of the world impact habitats and species.

Learn more about Climate Change Partnerships

Participating teachers receive:

  • Reimbursement (up to $300) for transportation to the Zoo for their class
  • Free ZOOlab (60 minutes)
  • Recommended pre-activities to use in the classroom before students participate in their ZOOlab

Estimated value = $600.00

Registration for the 2015-16 school year is now open! Please contact Christina Thompson at 443-552-5303 to learn more. 


 Other Available ZOOlabs

ZOOlabs are focused learning sessions that last 40 to 60 minutes and highlight animal-related topics. With hands-on activities and discussion, Zoo educators lead students though a fun and exciting class that supports Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards for Mathematics and Language Arts.
Price: $130 per program
Maximum group size: 25 students
Program length: 40 to 60 minutes, depending on the program

Program Topics:

Elementary

Sensory Sleuths (recommended for Pre-K and K–ages 4 and 5) 30 minutes

Look, listen, and sniff! Students explore life in the Farmyard using their eyes, ears, and nose.

Krazy Kritter (recommended for grades K2) 40 minutes

Students can act like scientists and group animals by looking at common characteristics of various animal groups and creating their own classification system for animals.

Got Adaptations? (recommended for grades 25) 45 minutes

Congratulations—you survive! Students learn about amazing adaptations of animals that enable them to survive in their habitats.

 

Middle School

 

Animal Behavior (recommended for grades 78) 60 minutes

Animal behavior data is an important part of zoo biology and wildlife conservation and research. Students can learn more about how this data is used, and develop a research protocol to use in collecting their own behavior data at an exhibit.

Cracking the Cranial Code (recommended for grades 6–8) 60 minutes

Can skulls talk? Using skulls, students employ scientific skills such as hypothesis development and keen observations to analyze to determine the identities, dietary preferences, and sensory adaptations of several animals.

Climate Change All-Stars (recommended for grades 68) 60 minutes

Students explore how changes in climate can affect everything from a fungus to a polar bear, and talk about ways they can be agents of positive change.

Penguin Field Studies (recommended for grades 68) 60 minutes

Species Survival Plans (SSPs) and other zoo conservation projects depend on the careful study of animal populations and their habitats. Students collect data by applying methods used by zoos and other scientific groups to study penguins at The Maryland Zoo and in the wild.

High School

 

Animal Behavior (recommended for grades 912) 60 minutes

Animal behavior data is an important part of zoo biology and wildlife conservation and research. Students can learn more about how this data is used, and develop a research protocol to use in collecting their own behavior data at an exhibit.

Animal Training (recommended for grades 912) 50 minutes

How and why do zoos train their animals? Students get a close look at how zoos use basic training techniques and principles in psychology to care for animals, and get to try their hand at training practice.

PGF Health (recommended for advanced high school) 60 minutes

Using Panamanian golden frogs (PGFs) as an example, students try out techniques involved in a variety of scientific career paths involved in conservation and animal health.

Takin’ Care of Business (recommended for grades 912) 60 minutes

Students gain insight into some of the differences between the functioning of non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses, using the Zoo and its activities as examples for a non-profit organization—including how to budget for feeding an elephant! This ZOOlab is ideal for students in business- and economics-related classes and can also serve as an overview of zoo careers.