Greater Vancouver Zoo

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A 50-60-minute fun, interactive and educational way to experience the zoo at your location with the use of animal artifacts and live animals. Animals are chosen according to classroom units.

Preschool/Kindergarten

  • You and the Zoo 
    • Full of fun facts, this is an overview of some of the animals at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Learn about some of their features, basic needs and the important role they play in their environment.
  • The Animal Alphabet
    • From alligator to zebra, let’s work on our ABC’s while learning about some of our animal friends.
  • Animals Moving and Grooving
    • Animals move in different ways – let’s explore animal bodies and why they move the way they do, using interactive play and the help of our animal ambassadors.

 

Elementary/Middle School

  • Amazing Animal Adaptations (Grade 1)
    • Giraffes have long necks, male lions have thick manes, rabbits have big ears, and crocodiles have strong jaws – these are a few of the adaptations that help these animals survive in the wild. Learn about the unique physical features and behaviours that enable animals to adapt to their natural habitats.  
  • Life Cycles (Grade 2)
    • From birth to the end of life, animals go through many different changes throughout their lifespan. This program will cover the various survival strategies and life cycles of different animal species.
  • The Web of Life (Grade 3-4)
    • No animal is an island – they are all interconnected in many ways. Learn about habitats, ecosystems, biodiversity, and why each animal is important to their community’s survival.
  • Super Animal Senses (Grade 4)
    • Did you know grizzly bears can smell food up to 29 kilometers way? Or that bees can find a flower using voltage? Or that some snakes use pits on their face as heat-vision? Those are some big super senses! Let’s learn all about the different ways animals use their super sense to survive in their environments.
  • Animal Organs at Work (Grade 5-6)
    • Animals bodies really do work in wonderful ways: most snakes only have one lung, but they are not out of breath, birds are filled with air sacks throughout their entire bodies, and frogs can breathe through their skin! From respiration to reproduction – all body systems are important for the daily functioning of wildlife. Learn about the different ways these systems work in various animals from all over the world!
  • Wildlife Conservation (Grade 7)
    • In our changing world, many plants and animals are currently threatened with extinction. Learn about the challenges animals face in the wild and explore the roles and responsibilities individuals, accredited zoos and conservation organizations have in protecting species and why these efforts are important.

 

Secondary School

  • Wildlife Careers (Grade 10-12)
    This program will cover the variety of jobs working with wildlife can offer, how to get into them, what working with animals is like and the importance of zoos in conservation efforts today.
  • Classifying the Animal Kingdom (Grade 11)
    What makes a fly an insect, a lion a mammal, and an iguana a reptile? Biologists use many different tools to classify animals into the groups we have today – it is more complicated than it looks! Become a taxonomist and learn how to categorize some of the animal kingdom.
  • Wildlife Conservation (Grade 12)
    In our changing world, many plants and animals are currently threatened with extinction. Learn about the challenges animals face in the wild and explore the roles and responsibilities individuals, accredited zoos and conservation organizations have in protecting species and why these efforts are important.
  • Animal Organs at Work (Grade 12)
    Animals bodies really do work in wonderful ways: most snakes only have one lung, but they are not out of breath, birds are filled with air sacks throughout their entire bodies, and frogs can breathe through their skin! From respiration to reproduction – all body systems are important for the daily functioning of wildlife. Learn about the different ways these systems work in various animals from all over the world!

Cost
Live animals: $180 plus mileage (Additional consecutive programs are $153) plus tax
No live animals: $4/person (minimum of 10) plus tax

With this option you can choose to sleepover with your group (with or without a one-hour guided interpretive program) or, if you prefer, experience the evening program (includes 45 minutes to one-hour guided tour and campfire).

Pre-register your group at least 2 weeks in advance by completing a NITW Registration Form and faxing or mailing it to the Education Department at 604-856-6825 ext.26 or 28 or email edu@gvzoo.com. Please note a minimum of 20 people is required.

 

Prices and other options:

1. SLEEPOVER PROGRAM
Price: $34.86 per person.
Check in at 4:00 p.m.
Check out at 9:00 a.m.*
* After your morning check-out, you may stay at the Zoo for the remainder of
the day.

OR

2. AFTER-HOURS EVENING PROGRAM
In lieu of a sleepover, your group can enjoy the intimacy of the zoo in the
evening. This program includes a guided tour and campfire experience.
Price: $21.21 per person
Check in at 4:00 p.m.
Check out at 10:00 p.m. 

Additional Options:
Guided Tour/Craft Activity/Zoo's Clues Scavenger Hunt Game - each option
available for $2.52 per participant
Animal Encounter - $10.50 per participant
Continental Breakfast - $6.30 per participant

Interpretive Program Options:
Our one-hour guided interpretive programs are appropriate for any age! Topics to choose from are:

  • You and the Zoo: Full of fun animal facts, this is the perfect introduction to the Greater Vancouver Zoo and its inhabitants.
  • Endangered Species: Many plants and animals are now threatened with extinction. Learn why species are at risk and what zoos are doing to protect and conserve animal species. (Earn your Endangered Species Badge!)
  • Walking Safari: An introduction to some of our awesome animals. (This tour may be tailored to your group's specific needs).

 

 For further information please call 604.856.6825 ext. 26 or email edu@gvzoo.com

Online Animal Library – Information on Animals at the Zoo https://gvzoo.com/animals/

Online Teacher Resources with Free Downloadable Scavenger Hunts for the zoo & Educational Activities/Lesson Plans for back in the Classroom https://gvzoo.com/learn/teacher-resources/

 

 

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