At Your School

At Your School

From programs that meet Next Generation Science Standards to tips for bringing inquiry learning concepts into your classroom, these programs and resources are carefully designed to support you in your teaching efforts, while getting your students engaged and excited about learning.

The Zoo offers a wide variety of formal programs, from September through June, tailored to preschoolers through highschoolers.  These standards-based programs are a great complement to your classroom activites and offer valuable experiential learning opportunities.

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Programs Offerings (in your classroom) & School Program Pricing
Program Offerings
Program Offerings (suggested grade levels are based on the NGSS Disciplinary Core ideas)
  • Wild Tales (18 - 36 months)
    • This 20 minute program features an animal encounter, story and play centers specifically designed for toddlers.
  • Project Cover-Up (Preschool &Pre-Kindergarten)
    • Fur? Feathers? Scales? Which animals wear what? Students will compare the coverings of different types of animals and learn how they help them survive.
  • Up All Night (Preschool &Pre-Kindergarten)
    • Just as we go to sleep at night, a whole new world of animals is waking up! Students will explore how these animals use their senses to help them survive at night.
  • Getting Around (Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten)
    • Some animals swim, some fly, some run. Students will learn how different animals ”do the locomotion”.
  • What’s for Lunch? (Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten)
    • Plants? Bugs? All animals need food in order to live and grow, but who eats what? Students will explore the different ways animals get there energy and sort animals based on what they eat.
  • Homes around the World (Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten)
    • You can find animals everywhere from steamy jungles to bone dry deserts. Students will sort animals into their habitats by looking at the special characteristics they have to survive.
  • Creatures of the Night (Grade 1 & 4)
    • Just as we go to sleep at night, a whole new world of animals is waking up! Students will explore the special adaptations nocturnal animals have for surviving at night.
  • Wild Adaptations (Grades 1 - 4)
    • From the freezing tundra to arid deserts, animals have managed to make their homes everywhere. Students will explore the structural and behavioral adaptations that help animals survive.
  • Insects (Grades 1 & 3)
    • What makes an insect an insect? First grade students will explore the special characteristics that make an insect an insect and third grade students will explore the unique life cycles of insects.
  • Rainforest Adaptations (Grades 1 - 4)
    • Students will explore the four layers of the rainforest and the structural adaptations that help animals survive in each.
  • V is for Vertebrate (Grades 1 & 4)
    • What makes a mammal a mammal and a bird a bird? Students will learn how scientists classify animals based on their structural and behavioral adaptations.
  • Web of Life (Grade 5 and Middle School)
    • A healthy ecosystem is one in which multiple species of different types are each able to meet their needs in a relatively stable web of life. Students will examine how organisms in a local ecosystem are interrelated.
  • Rainforest Web of Life (Grade 5 and Middle School)
    • A healthy ecosystem is one in which multiple species of different types are each able to meet their needs in a relatively stable web of life. Students will examine how organisms in a tropical rainforest ecosystem are interrelated.
  • Oh Give me a Biome (Middle School)
    • Students will use NASA data maps to identify biomes around the world and will look at how animals are adapted to live in each.
  • Symbiotic Symphony (Middle School)
    • Animals depend on each other for survival. Whether these relationships are mutually beneficial or not, these dependencies are an important part of an ecosystem.
  • Winning by a Neck (Middle School)
    • Why do giraffes have such long necks? Many theories exist, but they all refer back to “natural selection.  Students will examine how certain valuable characteristics are passed down through generations to help a species survive.
  • Species Survival Plan (High School)
    • Zoos play an important role in the survival of species and are often referred to as “modern day arks”. This program will walk students through the process of pairing animals for breeding to preserve genetic diversity as part of a comprehensive species survival plan.
       
Afterschool Programs

Roger Williams Park Zoo is a leader in the afterschool community. The Zoo will work with you to customize an afterschool program that meets the needs of your audience.

For more information or to book an afterschool series contact Andrea Stein at astein@rwpzoo.org
 
At Your School Program Pricing

Price (September - June):

  • $140 for first program
  • $100 for each additional program on the same day
  • $110 for each additional program on a different day

Mileage Fees:

  • 20 - 34 miles $15
  • 35 - 54 miles $35
  • 55 - 70 miles $55
  • 71+ miles $75

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Please note: For the health and safety of the animals, we must limit class size to 30 participants.