Your School Can Be a Partner in Saving Wildlife
One of the Houston Zoo’s goals is to inspire our school group audiences to partner with us to save wildlife. There are everyday actions your students can do to save animals in the wild. We know your students are the next generation of conservation champions. Check out the following opportunities to get involved!
Mascots for Saving Wildlife
Does your school have “Tiger Pride”? Are your students the best “Fighting Falcons”? Your school’s passion can be the channel to saving that animal in the wild. This program connects your students with local and international Zoo partners saving wildlife, and engages your students in wildlife-saving actions such as cell phone or paper recycling that tie directly with TEKS. Your students can meet with our keepers and animal ambassadors that match your mascot during a Zoo visit.
A star program participant, the Lyons School, raised raised more than $3000 to help save lions in the wild, and we honored them at the Zoo with a special “Lion Fun Day” to say thanks.
Students have the opportunity to learn more about endangered animals and the challenges that face them through research projects and educating the public.
NEW Pollinator Garden Partnership
The Houston Zoo is helping to save pollinators through our Pollinator Initiative, and we would love to have your school as a partner!
Ready to find out more about how your school can become a partner to save wildlife? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students as Field Researchers
Join the Houston Zoo and The Nature Conservancy for a day of hands-on activities at the Texas City Prairie Preserve. Students will learn field research techniques that wildlife biologists use to save animals in the wild! This program is offered to students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Students will use hands-on techniques and tools to explore prairie and coastal ecology. Each group participates in three of the following activities that reinforce a number of TEKS objectives:
- Seining for marine life
- Insect identification
- Identifying coastal birds
- Water quality testing
- Identifying native plants
- Identifying animal tracks and scat
Time of year, weather conditions, student ages and number will determine which activities will be completed.
PLEASE NOTE: This is an active field research day—students will get dirty and wet. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that can be worn in the water, or bring a change of clothes. A ratio of one chaperone for every 20 students is required.
Fill out the 2017 Spring Application and return it by 5:00 p.m. on January 17, 2017 to be entered into the lottery for the 60 available spots in this special program:Policies & Procedures
Home Schoolers: Please check the Home School page for more information on applying.
Bring the adventure to your classroom with a distance learning program. Enjoy live, real time interactions with Zoo educators in these standards-based presentations that engage students with animal artifacts, on-screen trivia, and live animals.