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Full-day Workshop

We are currently accepting bookings for all school programs. For more information about the programs we offer or to make a booking, please email schools@torontozoo.ca or call 416-392-5944.


Grade Level:

1 to 7

Price:

$15 per student ($7 program fee + $8 student admission fee)
* Includes HST

Program Time:

10:00 am - 2:00 pm (4 hours)
*program start time can be adjusted to match school's arrival time

Format:

Guided tours, classroom discussion, hands-on biofacts (e.g. furs, feather, skulls, etc.), and activities

Location:

Education classroom and on-site

Capacity:

20-35 students per workshop
*For groups under 20 students, a minimum program fee ($140 per workshop) will apply.

Notes:

This is a Zoo staff-led program.
Please book early, as programs fill up quickly.
* Full-day workshops are available from September to June.


Primary (Grades 1-3)
Junior (Grades 4-6)
Intermediate (Grade 7)



PRIMARY

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.
Program Overview

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.
Program Overview

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.
Program Overview

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.
Program Overview

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.
Program Overview



JUNIOR

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.
Program Overview

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.
Program Overview

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.
Program Overview

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.
Program Overview



INTERMEDIATE

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.
Program Overview

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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"The children loved the guided tour. The classroom portion was a great review of our classroom learning."
- Newcastle Public School





"The program provided us with in-depth information that was curriculum-based... The children loved the "personal" touches relating to specific animals (names, ages, habits, etc.). They were able to make connections to the animals and the plants on a personal level."
- St. Antoine Daniel School