Family Resources

Family Resources

Let us bring the Zoo to you! We can help make learning easier and more exciting by bringing subjects like science and environmental education to life through virtual learning. Discover fun, hands-on activities you can do with your little one(s) from the comfort of your home. Discover FREE wild at-home learning with our Virtual Zoo School series.  Get a behind-the-scenes look at our animals and explore fun activities you can do at home.

Virtual Zoo School: Season 2, Kids are in Charge!

Follow the guidelines below to submit a video with a question you have about any of the animals that call Roger Williams Park Zoo home. Your question may be featured on an upcoming episode of Zoo School which will air on our Facebook and YouTube channel.

Video Submission Guidelines: 

For the Virtual Zoo School Kid Q&A program, videos submissions can be sent to zooschool@rwpzoo.orgThe easiest way to share video files is to upload a .mov or .mp4 file onto a file-sharing site (i.e. google drive, dropbox) and send us the link and details via email.

Submissions should be recorded at the highest HD resolution available and must be under 30 seconds. Submissions should include a brief introduction including the child’s first name, followed by their questions. Submissions should be recorded horizontally 

NOTE: All video becomes the property of Roger Williams Park Zoo. Submission of the video grants the Zoo a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to publish your student’s/child’s video submission in our editorial, educational, and promotional print and digital materials, and on social media. All published video content will be credited "Student/Child's First Name".

Zoo School with Delilah, the red-rumped agouti

Learn how important it is to develop trust when working with animals.

  • Today’s at-home activity: post a photo of you with your pet (or stuffed animals!) and tell us some of the things they enjoy doing with you.
  • P.S. It is important to have a grownup’s permission before you change anything about the way you work with your animal. We know our zoo friends well enough to make good decisions about their health and safety. If you’re unsure, stuffed animals are a great way to practice using your imagination!

Zoo School with Stanley, the skunk

Learn about animal enrichment and healthy eating.

  • Today’s at-home activity: post a photo of you creating fun, food enrichment for your pet (or stuffed animals!) and tell us what some of their favorite treats are.
  • P.S. It is important to have a grownup’s permission, so you don’t accidentally give your animal friend too much food. If you’re unsure, stuffed animals are a great way to practice using your imagination!

Zoo School with Ophelia, the opossum

Learn about Rhode Island's native wildlife.

  • Today’s at-home activity: get to know native wildlife in your backyard. Draw a picture or take a picture of an animal you can see from your window, then post it in the comments below.
  • P.S. Spring means the emergence of baby animals. Not sure what to do if you find a wild animal that you think is injured or orphaned? Before taking action, contact our friends at the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island (
  • Want to help local wildlife? You & your family can get involved in a citizen science project - a way for community members like yourselves to help collect valuable information for scientists. In the Big Backyard at the Zoo we participate in Project Feed Watch ( where we help keep track of the birds that visit us. Another fun project to get involved in is iNaturalist ( where you can record your observations of local wildlife.

Zoo School with ferrets Bump, Rose & Doc

Learn about observing animal behaviors.

  • Today's at home activity: create an ethogram (don't worry we explain what this is in the video) for a pet or wild animal you can observe from a safe distance. We have a template for you to print out and use:
  • P.S. When choosing your animal, it's important to use behaviors that the animal is likely to do. If you're watching a squirrel, you may observe them climbing or jumping from branch to branch. For your dog, you may want to play with different toys and see which one they choose.

Zoo School field trip to the Vet Hospital

Meet our vet care team and get a behind-the-scenes look at the care they provide all our animals.

  • Today's at home activity: If you have any interest in a career working at the Zoo, send us your questions at We would love to hear from you, and we are more than happy to respond with some advice!

Zoo School with Edwin, the red-tailed boa

Learn about overcoming fears

  • Today's at home activity: We're going to work on overcoming some of our fears. Think about something you fear that might be holding you back and draw a picture of yourself doing it. Is there a way that you can work with your family and friends to overcome it? Some good ideas are a fear of the dark, a fear of speaking on camera, or a fear of bugs.

Zoo School with BUGS

We're crawling over with some of Earth's most important friends - BUGS!

  • Today's at-home activity: Take a picture of a bug that you can find outside. Remember, you don't have to touch it and don't get too close. If you can't find a bug, draw a picture of one! Or send us a photo of you enjoying time outside in nature.

More Online Resources
Paws for a Minute with Rhode Island PBS LearningMedia & RWPZoo

Visit the animals at Roger Williams Park Zoo from your home or classroom with Rhode Island PBS LearningMedia.

Paws for a Minute is a collection of one-minute videos featuring a range of animals housed here at the Zoo. Each video profiles a specific animal, and demonstrates a number of physical and adaptive features and behaviors. Click HERE for support materials and video collection>

Rhode Island PBS LearningMedia is an online PreK-12 content library that provides FREE access to tens of thousands of media-based resources for educators, students and parents.