Overview: At the North Carolina Zoo, we are committed to protecting wildlife and other natural resources. Through the Regional Conservation portion of our Living With Nature Live! events, our goal is to show middle and high school students the many ways we work to conserve.
The post-event activities for this event are focused on collaborative practices with groups or classes. Much like the Zoo aims to collaborate with others across our state, we hope that through this event, we can encourage collaboration between students, schools, districts and counties.
Date of Event: February 24, 2021 10:00 am (EST) Recording Below
Designed For: Middle School and High Schools Students (see NC Standard Course of Study alignments below)
The student will be able to identify and describe regional practices as offered by the North Carolina Zoo and in his/her own community/region.
The student will be able to create plans for regional conservation projects in his/her own community
The student will be able to craft persuasive and argumentative texts in reference to regional conservation.
The student will participate in a collaborative group to complete projects related to regional conservation.
Teacher Information (All Grades):
Our North Carolina Conservation portion of our Live will be broadcast via Zoom on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 10 am. It will last approximately 30 minutes.
In order to set the foundation for the material we will cover when live, we encourage you to use the pre-event activities. This will help prime the learning pump for students. These activities are optional but will allow your students to begin considering what they may be able to do to support regional conservation.
You can use the Regional Conservation site to inform yourself of what is already happening at the North Carolina Zoo. This will give you good background knowledge prior to the event.
Please note: While there will be plenty of opportunity for interaction with our live event hosts, we ask that you work with your students before and after the event to keep the learning and exploration going!
The following activities are offered as suggestions to engage students’ prior knowledge and prepare them for their virtual trip to the North Carolina Zoo to learn about North America Conservation. After their trip, classes or groups will be encouraged to work on their own Regional Conservation project. See the Post-Event suggestions for details.
Prior to Event
How (and what) does your school, town, city, state conserve? Do some research to discover and list out their steps, goals, etc. Be sure to record source information!
At the North Carolina Zoo, the following conservation practices occur. Choose the one that interests you most and research the process by which these practices take place:
- North Carolina’s Frogs - Pine Barrens Treefrog and Gopher Frogs
- Prescribed Burning at Nichols Preserve
- Rare Plant Studies
- Hellbender Habitats and Breeding
- Red Wolf Packs
For more information: Conservation at the Zoo or read the North Carolina Zoo Conservation Report
Consider a conservation practice that you would like to put in to practice in your own community. List out your major questions about this practice as well as plans for how you could affect change in your own area.
Watch the live stream (or recording if necessary). Use the participation guides to keep students engaged, encourage questions, and offer reflection time.
- Have an i-Naturalist challenge. As an individual or class compete to see how many species you can identify. When you are ready come to the Zoo and take on Leslie.
- Watched the Untamed Science video on Carolina Gopher Frogs and complete the associated activity.
- As a class (or team, or grade level, etc.), decide on a conservation practice that you could implement in your community or continue the project that you started. Then, create and submit a digital poster to the Zoo to advertise what your group plans to do to conserve. When creating, think about using a format similar to what you see here.
- Complete your own site survey (at home, your schoolyard, or at a local park) using the information learned during the event.
For submissions questions or further information email firstname.lastname@example.org.