Written by Kate Unger
Every time someone visits the Houston Zoo, they are helping to save animals in the wild! Our guests learn a lot on a Zoo visit, from animal stories to conservation projects. One audience that is going above and beyond to learn how they can make a difference is our Home Schoolers! This group took part in three programs last fall, all created just for them with animal experiences and a wildlife focus. They worked out their brain muscles during Eco-Experiments, became a field researcher at the Texas City Prairie Preserve, and searched the Zoo for clues at Scavenger Hunt Safari. These days all focused on animals and tied into many of our six wildlife saving initiatives, including plastics pollution and pollinators.
Students were able to think outside the box and come up with ways to help wildlife, both locally and worldwide. They learned about an endangered local habitat, the Texas coastal prairie, and discovered ways to learn about ecosystems in new and meaningful ways. This spring, we will be learning even with new classes focusing on hands-on learning and exploration in nature. Thank you to the families that participated this fall and we look forward to new and exciting programs with you in the spring!