Optional Educational Programs Offered (additional costs applicable)

Last updated on
Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
Program Description

Please note: all programs are available in French upon request

Inquiry-based learning is incorporated as a main focus for all age groups (encouraging curiosity and observation)


  • Pre/K: You and the Zoo
    • Full of fun facts, this is an overview of some of the animals at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Through observation and questioning, students will learn about animal characteristics, the needs of animals and how these needs are met by their environment. This program also introduces the concept of adaptations and the impact of seasonal changes on living things.
  • Grade 1+: Amazing Animal Adaptations
    • Students will use their observation skills to make connections between animals, their unique adaptations and the strategies that facilitate survival, including the impact of seasonal changes, in their different habitats. This program also highlights animal senses and the basic structures and functions of animal body systems.
  • Grade 2+: Life Cycles
    • By observing a variety of wildlife, students will learn that all living things have life cycles adapted to their environment and life history path. This program will highlight the importance of life cycles in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
  • Grade 3+: The Web of Life
    • Through examination of an ecosystem, students will learn the importance of biodiversity, how animals interact with their environment, and competition within food webs.

Intermediate/Middle School

  • Grade 4+: Animal Super Senses
    • Students will explore various animals and how they use their senses in response to their environment. We will highlight the importance of these adaptations to survival, and how they are connected to all other living things within their ecosystem. This program also discusses how different biomes impact animal responses.
  • Grade 5-7+: Animal Organs at Work
    • Students will learn how the various body systems function within the animal kingdom and how they have become specialized to best suit the various needs of wildlife.


  • Grade 11+: Animal Classifications
    • Students will dive into the world of classification using various examples of the kingdom Animalia here at the zoo. Our knowledgeable zoo staff will describe and demonstrate how scientists observe internal and external features to distinguish and classify animals.

Preschool – University

  • Conservation and Endangered Species
    • Learn about the Western Painted Turtle, Oregon Spotted Frog, and Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly recovery programs at the Greater Vancouver Zoo and how we’re making a difference. Explore the role of students, accredited zoos, and conservation organizations in protecting species that are threatened with extinction. Students will also learn about the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and its significance.
Big Ideas
  • Plants and animals have observable features.
  • Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment.
  • Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment.
  • Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.
  • All living things sense and respond to their environment.
  • Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment.
  • Multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment.
  • Evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things.
  • Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    See notes. minutes unless otherwise stated.
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