We are currently accepting bookings for all school programs. For more information about the programs we offer or to make a booking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-392-5944.
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|$15 per student ($7 program fee + $8 student admission fee)|
* Includes HST
|10:00 am - 2:00 pm (4 hours)|
*program start time can be adjusted to match school's arrival time
|Guided tours, classroom discussion, hands-on biofacts (e.g. furs, feather, skulls, etc.), and activities|
|Education classroom and on-site|
|20-35 students per workshop|
*For groups under 20 students, a minimum program fee ($140 per workshop) will apply.
|This is a Zoo staff-led program.|
Please book early, as programs fill up quickly.
* Full-day workshops are available from September to June.
Grade 1 - Animal Movement
All aboard! Come to the Zoo and witness the amazing ways that animals get where they need to go. Students will explore how animals are able to walk, jump, crawl, fly, slither, and swing by observing the animals and how they use these unique ways to move.Program Overview
Grade 1 - Animal Senses
Why is smell so important to some animals? Why do some animals see in colour, while others do not? Which animal has the keenest eyesight? This workshop will encourage students to explore the fascinating ways animals sense the world around them. Students will use their sense of smell, sight, and touch to understand special adaptations animals have that help them capture food, avoid predators, and communicate with each other.
Grade 2 - Animal Classification
The world is full of diverse and unique animals, many that call the Toronto Zoo home. Students will discover and learn to distinguish between vertebrate classes and invertebrates. This engaging workshop will have the class exploring the fascinating characteristics of furry mammals, scaly reptiles, feathery birds, slippery fish, smooth amphibians, and scuttling insects through animal tours and activities.
Grade 2 - Life Cycles
How does a caterpillar undergo the transformation into a beautiful butterfly? Students will explore the incredible changes animals go through from babies to adults and learn about the different types of parental care. From the soft jelly eggs of frogs to the live births of cats, students will examine the stages of growth and learn about amazing and unique life cycles.
Grade 2 - Seasonal Change in Animals
Your class will explore incredible physical and behavioural changes that animals experience as they adapt in response to the cold winter weather or the heat of the summer. Join us for a close look at Arctic animals and their distinctive body coverings, learn about reptiles and how they spend the cold winter, and flock with the birds as they migrate south.
Grade 3 - Plant & Animal Relationships
Plants and animals depend on each other for survival and to reproduce. Here's the chance for students to learn more about these unique "food factories" that we call plants. Through various activities, students will develop an understanding of how plants grow, what they need to survive, the many relationships we share with animals, and the influences that humans are having on their natural communities.
Grade 4 - Habitats and Human Influence on Habitats
Students can find their niche within the zoo community as they become familiar with different animal habitats including deserts, forests, ponds, swamps, rainforests, and Arctic ecosystems. What is it that makes these habitats so special for the animals that live there and how do we, as humans, impact them.
Grade 5 - Animal Digestive Systems
Sink your canines into this workshop and explore how different animals have special digestive strategies. Students will become familiar with the organs and other physical characteristics of monogastric herbivores, ruminants, carnivores, omnivores, and birds, by examining and comparing their organ systems and how they relate to their diets.
Grade 6 - Biodiversity and Climate Change
Join us for an investigation of the natural world that surrounds us. In this program, students will have the opportunity to explore the incredible variety of life on Earth and discover how all living things, including humans, are connected in a remarkable web of life. Students will learn about climate change and the effect it is having on our world's biodiversity.
Grade 6 - Vertebrate Classification
Is it true that some mammals lay eggs and that fish are not the only animals with gills? Your students will explore the fascinating diversity of the animal kingdom. Through discussions and animal observations students will learn to distinguish and define the characteristics of the five classes of vertebrates.
Grade 7 - Tropical Rainforest Ecosystems
Step into the tropics where students can explore the rainforest ecosystem and observe the interactions occurring between species. Students will be amazed by the diversity of life and learn to view the animals as producers, consumers, or decomposers in this fascinating ecosystem.
Grade 7 & 8 - Exploring Wildlife Conservation @ the Toronto Zoo Presentation
($3 presentation fee + $ 8 admission fee; ~55 minutes in length)
While not a full-day, curriculum-linked workshop, the Exploring Wildlife Conservation @ the Toronto Zoo presentation will give students a glimpse of what it takes to run a conservation-based zoological facility. Students will discover the critical role that the Toronto Zoo plays in ensuring the ongoing survival of many of the world’s most vulnerable species and their habitats. While learning about several of the Toronto Zoo’s conservation projects, students will develop a deeper understanding of the science behind managing endangered wildlife populations through reproductive programs and the Species Survival Plan.
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