Zoo to You Outreach

The Chattanooga Zoo is now CORED!  

COnservation, Recreation and EDucation are the leading themes behind The Chattanooga Zoo’s revamped educational programming.  While our educators align our old and new programming to Tennessee, Georgia, and National Science Standards, they have taken the “Common Core” and made it a little less “common”.  While your students’ and children’s school standards stand as the backbone to our programs, our goal is to take them to new and more exciting heights.  Every education program your child receives should not only educate, but also get them moving and thinking in ways they haven’t before.  All of which leads to the overall CORED mission of the department.  The Chattanooga Zoo’s Education Department is a critical aspect of its mission and continues to expand. In addition to new highly innovative and trained staff members, we are also a leader in the state-wide STEM initiatives.We seek to inspire a new view of the world around us. Experience Chattanooga Zoo’s Education Opportunities and have a truly WILD educational experience!

Can't come to us? We'll come to you! Our outreach programs are fun, interactive and a great way to introduce students of all ages to science without having to leave your community!  Through the use of live animals and interactive activities, the Chattanooga Zoo Outreach team can help teach life science concepts to your students. All of our programs align with state educational standards. 

 To book your Zoo to You Outreach please email or call Zoo Education Department at (423) 643.5782. 

School/Preschool

Discover, explore, and question animals! Our programs are based on Tennessee State Curriculum Standards and as a great way to engage students, have fun, and cover objectives all at the same time! (programs available for Pre-K to 12th grade!)

Camps, libraries, conference, other

Our staff will work with you to create a custom program to fit your unique needs.

Senior Communities

Animal-assisted therapy has been the subject of much research and has been proven to increase serotonin levels, lower blood pressures and reduce depression. In other words, make people happy and less stressed!  Our outreach team will bring at least two animals to show and allow for up close encounters with residents.  Information regarding the particular animal and their role both in the world and at the Chattanooga Zoo will be given.  This is a 30 minute presentation. 


Program Fees

Senior Programs: $40

All other Programs: $60 for first program; $45 for each additional program (same day, same program)

Programs are available M-F 9am to 3pm and last 45 minutes each. Discounts available for schools with greater than 50% free and reduced lunch students. Please note, programs booked after normal business hours will incur a $25.00 after hours fee. No programs will be offered after 7pm without the consent of the Outreach Coordinator. 

Programs available for the 2012-2013 school year


Pre-K - 5th Grade Discover!

Program Name

Pre-K

K

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th 

Movin’ & Groovin’ Animals

Animal Senses

Animals in Folklore

Radical Reptiles

Very Vertebrates

Amazing Adaptations

Nocturnal Animals

Dig Into Reading

Interesting Invertebrates


6th - 8th Grade - Explore!

Program Name

6th

7th

8th

Radical Reptiles

Very Vertebrates

Amazing Adaptations

Nocturnal Animals

Dig Into Reading

Interesting Invertebrates


9th - 12th Grade - Question!

Program Name

9th

10th

11th

12th

Key to Identifying  Animals

Unique Adaptations for Unique Biomes


Movin’ and Groovin’ Animals

PreK-K
Can you hop like a frog? Crawl like a bug? Slither like a snake? Learn about animal locomotion in this program sure to get your students movin' to their own groove!

Animal Senses

K-1
Explore how animals and humans use their senses to find food, protect themselves, and communicate to each other.

Nocturnal Animals
1-8
Check out animals that go bump in the night! Learn about the mysterious, reclusive animals of the night and how they get around and find their food.

Dig Into Reading

K-6
Why do animals dig? Burrows, dens, nests! Find out the whys and hows of burrowing animals. This program is written for the Collaborative Summer Reading Program, but can also be tailored to your class's needs! 

Very Vertebrate

K-6
Investigate animals with backbones and discover the characteristics of each vertebrate group. A spine tingling time will be had by all!

Unique Adaptations for Unique Biomes

10-12 (Environmental Science)
Ever wonder why that lizard has spikes or why some mammals are really fuzzy?  Analyze these adaptations and more to find out what biome the animals are originally from.  Quiz available upon request. 

Animals in Folklore

PreK-3
Listen to stories from around the world and meet some animals from those stories.

Radical Reptiles

1-8
Learn what makes a reptile a reptile and how cool these fascinating creatures are. Sure to be a sssensation!

Amazing Adaptations

3-7
All animals have characteristics that help them survive in their habitats. Learn about various adaptations animals have and find out if we share any of those adaptations.

Interesting Invertebrates

2-8
Creepy crawlies galore! These animals need to grow a backbone! Learn how animals without a backbone are able to move and find food.

Key to Identifying Animals

9-12 (Biology)
Learn to identify animals the same way biologists do using a dichotomous key.  Quiz available upon request.


Outreach Program Policies
  • Outreach Classes are limited to a maximum of 35 students per program.
  • Presenter will arrive 5-15 minutes prior to set up
  • Classes last approximately 45min. (Pre-K and K classes may be shortened depending on the needs of the class)
  • Programs are offered between the hours of 9am and 3pm Eastern Time Monday through Friday. Other times require Outreach Coordinator approval.
  • Programs should take place in one location and students rotate to us if booking multiple programs.
  • Programs should be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • Payment is expected at time of service
  • Payment sent through the mail must be accompanied by a Chattanooga Zoo Outreach invoice slip.
  • Outreach program must take place in an indoor location that can be secured (i.e. doors that can shut)

Outreach presenters will need:

  • One large table
  • An adult representative in the class at all times during the program

The following are NOT allowed:

  • Food or drink
  • Other animals
  • Other activities during setup or presentation

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