Greater Vancouver Zoo

Our Trips

  • General admission includes:
    • Educational signage about the animals at each exhibit 
    • Keeper Talks
      • A unique and engaging way for guests to connect with Animal Care staff and some of our animals by observing behaviour training and enrichment
    • Areas dedicated to Conservation
      • Wildlife biologists conducting onsite rearing and recovery of local endangered species
    • Observable focus on the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
    • A tour of our behind the scenes compost area upon request
    • Online Animal Library – Information about the Animals at the Zoo
    • Online Teacher Resources with Downloadable Zoo Scavenger Hunts & Educational Activities/Lesson Plans for the Classroom

Please Note: Teachers considering a field trip at the zoo are given a visit free of charge to aid in their lesson planning (identification required)

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)

Preschool/Primary

  • 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.

Secondary

  • 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.
  • Indoor classroom available on site upon request
  • Safari Express Miniature Train
  • Picnic Area Reservation
  • Educational Activities including crafts, scavenger hunts and conservation themed games are available upon request for all grade levels and abilities

Please contact us at edu@gvzoo.com for all inquiries

For further information and fees please visit our website: https://gvzoo.com/cms-data/depot/depot/Field-Trip-Rates-and-Info-2018-19.pdf

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