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Let science come to life with unique animal species, animal artifacts and highly-skilled conservation educators from Lehigh Valley Zoo through a variety of year-round.  These engaging multi-sensory experiences incorporate Common Core Standards, Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and can be adapted to any age level.

Lehigh Valley Zoo’s Conservation Education Mission
To provide the community with educational opportunities to learn about wildlife and to develop positive attitudes and curiosity about nature and conservation.

ZOO TOURS
Visitors and students will learn about the adaptations, habitats, behaviors, and conservation statuses of resident Lehigh Valley Zoo animals on a professionally-guided tour with an education staff member.
Appropriate for grades K-12 and the general public. 60 mins.
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Animal Kingdom Presentations
Designed to give students an up-close encounter with Zoo educational animals. Learn about their adaptations, behaviors, and the differences between species.
Appropriate for grades preK-12 and the general public. 30 or 60 mins.
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Creek Studies
Participants will have the opportunity to interact with nature and discover the diverse ecosystem of Jordan Creek.  Discover frogs, crayfish and salamanders, then explore the Zoo and learn how our North American River Otters and other animals depend on healthy waterways.

Guided Nature Trail Hikes and Zoo Tours
Students and visitors will discover animal habitats and homes, different species of trees and plants, adaptations, native animal species and more within the beautiful Trexler Nature Preserve.
Appropriate for grades K-12 and the general public. 60 mins.
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Home School Groups
Programs can be customized to suit your needs. Please see our school group link to find program details and descriptions for children of all ages.

ZOO REACH
Can't make the trip to the Zoo? We can come to you! These live interactive programs are designed to bring conservation education programs to visit your school or group. Live animal presentations combined with solid educational information will enrich your classroom and give students an experience they will remember for years.


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Enhance your school field trip with a Zoo Activity Program. Your class can choose from Lehigh Valley Zoo’s thirty-five Zoo Activity Programs, or a program can be specially designed for the needs of your class.  Zoo Activity Programs offer students the opportunity to experience both hands-on scientific activities and live, up-close educational animal presentations. Each program includes a specially designed packet which includes education information for teachers on each topic along with pre-visit and post-visit activity ideas to extend the learning experience.  Each program is designed for specific grades. These engaging multi-sensory experiences, incorporate Common Core Standards, Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and can be adapted to any age level. Zoo Activity Programs are designed to last 30 to 180 minutes.

A Touch of Nature
Students will learn about the five senses and how humans and animals use them to experience the world. Objectives include: understanding what the five senses are and how people use them; learning how animals use and depend on the five senses; developing and sharpening auditory perceptual skills; and understanding differences in texture and size.
Appropriate for pre-school. 30 or 60 mins.

Animal Tales
Students will learn about animals and how to place them into groups based on common characteristics such as tails, fur, and feathers. Objectives include: enjoying learning about animals; utilizing and further developing small motor skills while coloring pictures of animals and making animal masks; learning to have respect for live animals through up-close encounters at Lehigh Valley Zoo; using decision-making abilities and imagination for role-play as animals; and categorizing animals.
Appropriate for pre-school. 30 or 60 mins.

Animal Babies
Students in kindergarten and first grade will be able to group animals based on common characteristics such as tails, fur, and feathers. Students will recognize that zoos and the Association of Zoos & Aquarium Association (AZA) play an important role in helping to protect wildlife by conducting research that focuses on animals and their young.
Appropriate for grades K-1. 30 or 60 mins.
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Animal Coverings
Students will learn about animals and how to place them into groups based on common characteristics such as tails, fur, and feathers.
Appropriate for grades K-1.30 or  60 mins.
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Animal Homes
Students will identify the four basic elements of survival and how animals use them.
Appropriate for grades K-1. 30 or 60 mins.
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Habitat: Basic Needs for All Animals
People and animals share the same basic needs: shelter, food, water, and space. Students will learn how different animals fulfill each of these needs in their environments.
Appropriate for grades K-4. 60 mins.
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Splash-Splash: Who’s There?
Students will learn about the various forms of life found in a creek by finding and identifying aquatic invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, and birds.
Appropriate for grades K-4. 60 mins.
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Ecosystem Explorations
Students will explore different habitats and learn about the basic elements of survival, food webs, animal homes, trees, and how seeds grow.
Appropriate for grade 2. 180 mins.
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Animal Adaptations
Students will be able to define animal adaptations and explain how animals use them to survive. Students will be able to explain how animal adaptations are developed; compare and contrast physical, behavioral and physiological adaptations; and identify behavioral and physical adaptations animals have developed.
Appropriate for grades 2-3. 60 mins
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Animal Life Cycles
Students will compare and contrast the life cycles of different living organisms and explore the changes that some of them undergo throughout their lives.
Appropriate for grades 2-3. 60 mins.
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Who’s Living Down at Jordan Creek?
Students will research the plants and animals that live in creeks, streams, and surrounding riparian areas.
Appropriate for grades 2-3. 60 mins.
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Living in Australia
This workshop provides opportunities for students to experience enriched academic activities about the various wildlife species and diverse habitats of Australia.
Appropriate for grades 2-4. 60 mins.
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Leaps and Bounds
Students will learn about biodiversity within an ecosystem; how to recognize the different stages of the life cycle of amphibians; and will explore the impact of human activity and why frogs are considered an indicator species.
Appropriate for grades K-6. 60 mins.
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Conservation and You
Students will learn about conservation and how it is incorporated into zoos, companies, and their daily lives. Discuss conservational problems, and come up with creative solutions. Students will explore the impact of human activity on our planet, gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the environment and how our planet needs to be protected.
Appropriate for grades K-12. 60 mins.
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All About Penguins!
Explore the fascinating world of penguins!  Lehigh Valley Zoo’s African penguin exhibit will allow students to learn first-hand about the physical characteristics, adaptations, behaviors, habitats, and conservation status of these remarkable animals.  Encounters with bio-facts will also help students understand the similarities and differences between penguins and other bird species. 
Appropriate for grades K-12. 60 mins.
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Mammals, Birds, or Reptiles... Oh My!
Students will learn about the characteristics and differences among these varying classes of animals and apply that knowledge in group activities.
Appropriate for grades 3-4. 60 mins.
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What Are We Doing to Our Water?
Students will apply environmental awareness and creative problem-solving skills to the issue of human-made water pollution.
Appropriate for grades 3-4. 60 mins.
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Who Are the Experts?
Students will become experts on the natural habitats, physical characteristics, social behaviors, and communication styles of animal wildlife.
Appropriate for grades 2-4. 60 mins.
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Native Species of Pennsylvania
Students will learn to identify many native Pennsylvanian species within their natural habitats and will be able to determine the causes of fluctuations among wildlife populations.
Appropriate for grades 4-6. 60 mins.
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Animal Classification
Through this hands-on encounter, students will learn about the seven taxons of the animal classification system and actively classify wildlife at the Zoo.
Appropriate for grades 4-6. 60 mins.
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Deer to Us
In addition to gaining awareness of the history and management of deer populations, students will learn how certain species of animals that are not typically thought of as pests can be harmful to other plant and animal species, as well as to themselves.
Appropriate for grades 4-7. 60 mins.
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Green Spaces
The environment we live in is constantly changing as a result of natural and human actions. Students will learn how responsible environmental decisions regarding the use of green spaces can help to preserve natural resources and the diversity of life within.
Appropriate for grades 4-7. 60 mins.
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The Pollution Problem
Students will study the types and causes of air, water, and land pollution, as well as learn solutions and clean-up methods for reducing their effects.
Appropriate for grades 5-7. 60 mins.
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Soil: What’s in it for Plants?
Students will analyze soil specimens, record characteristics, locations, water percolation rates, and then relate findings to biotic components in the environment.
Appropriate for grades 5-7. 60 mins.
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It is All Connected
Students will explore the physical characteristics of certain species and their dependence on the living and non-living components of their ecosystems.
Appropriate for grades 5-7. 60 mins.
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Guess What I’m Having for Dinner?
Students will study, observe, identify and become familiar with the energy sources – food – of various animal species and how energy flows through the food web.
Appropriate for grades 5-7. 60 mins.
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Wanyama Africa
Students will develop an understanding of African animals and the importance of the ecosystems in which they live.
Appropriate for grades K-5. 60 mins.
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Animal Observations
Students will identify different methods of observing the physical and behavioral characteristics of animals and will have the opportunity to utilize these methods to learn more about wildlife species.
Appropriate for grades 7-9. 60 mins.
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Rainforest
Students will learn about rainforests and some of the wildlife that rely on rainforests. Students will discuss rainforest conservation problems, and come up with creative solutions.  Students will explore the impact of human activity on rainforests and gain a greater understanding and appreciation for rainforests and why they need to be protected.
Appropriate for grades K-12 and the general public. 60 mins.
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Butterflies
Students will learn about the different adaptations that butterflies have that help them to survive. Students will be able to identify the differences of butterflies from other insects.  Students will identify the living and non-living components that are necessary for butterfly habitats.  Students will gain a better understanding of the dangers facing butterflies, and how humans and butterflies can coexist together.
Appropriate for grades K-12 and the general public. 60 mins.
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Animal Kingdom
This program is a combination of a live animal presentation – representing different classifications of the animal kingdom, such as, insects, arachnids, reptiles, birds and mammals – and hands-on exploration of bio-facts from each of these animal kingdoms.
Appropriate for grades K-5. 60 mins.
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Birds of Prey
This program showcases the life cycles, habitat needs, survival adaptations, and the absolute beauty of our large and small birds of prey. Visitors and students will have an up-close encounter with the Zoo’s educational raptors and enjoy hands-on exploration of bird related bio-facts.
Appropriate for grades K-12 and the general public. 60 mins.
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Vertebrate/Invertebrate
This program is an introduction to the taxonomy of animal classification. Students participate in a group activity categorizing bio-facts based on the criteria of the phylum vertebrae or invertebrate. There is also a live animal presentation which represents animals with and without backbones.
Appropriate for grades K-6. 60 mins.
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