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Zoo to You EDventures (Offsite Programming)

Zoo to You EDventures (Offsite Programming)

Zoo to You EDventures (Offsite Programming)

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These programs can be adapted for either a classroom or assembly style program. They are designed to stimulate curiosity about animals and their habitats and encourage respect for the natural world. The North Carolina Zoo offers a variety of program topics, which are found below. 

There is a minimum of four weeks notice for any program and full payment is due at least two weeks prior to the scheduled program date. For further information contact the North Carolina Zoo's School Programs Office via 336.879.7718 or email.

Classroom Version

This education program is designed for groups of less than 30 students. Zoo To You EDventures cost $150 per program. We serve a 100 mile radius of the zoo, provided the location is less than a two hours drive from the zoo. 

There is a minimum of four weeks for any Zoo to You programs and full payment is due at least two weeks prior to the scheduled program date.

                           Available Programs


A Frog's Life


Best for upper elementary and middle school aged children, this program takes a look at the lifecycle of frogs, how they are beneficial, and what challenges they face in the wild.   


Amazing Adaptations


Amazing Adaptations is perfect for 6th grade students but can be adapted to almost any age group.  We look at how different animals are able to survive in different habitats with different stressors, making ties to real world examples to get students excited about adaptations but also to understand humans have adaptations as well!


Amphibian Alert


Alert, alert, amphibians are changing the world!  In this fast-paced program we will be spouting fun facts, being slammed by a heavy wow factor, and cause everyone (adults included) to think about the future and just how much these amphibians can change our own. 


Animal CSI


A classic “Who Done It” activity features different realistic “crime scenes” where students must use clues left behind by animals to decide who was there and what they were doing.  Along the way they will make observations to support evidence-based guesses as to what exactly has unfolded at the scene.  Since this activity heavily uses biofacts, it can be a great choice for colder months when animals may not be able to be used. 


Animal Tales


Each part of an animal tells a story, and we have many animal parts to explore.  Taking a creative approach, students will use different animal parts to determine the back story of the animal, much like archaeologists will use old bones to craft a story of the culture of that time.


Animal Wrappers


Not all animals look and feel the same.  Why are some things soft and other things slimy?  Together we look at the different "wrappers" of animals and use audience observations to explain adaptations.  Best for grades K-1.


Arctic Awareness


Our friends in the arctic can seem otherworldly: how do they survive when it’s so different than what we are used to?  Explore the adaptations of different arctic animals and how these adaptations ensure their survival even in the coldest winters.


Biodiversity Basics


Designed with 1st graders in mind, we look at the differences between different creatures, why they are present, and what would happen if any of these features changed.  This is a hands-on, fast paced option especially effective for students who have a hard time sitting still!


Bone Detectives


A fascinating introduction to the skeletal system of different animals and how the benefits of bones extend to humans as well.  This is a fabulous program for winter months when we cannot include live animals in our programs for their own safety!


Carolina's Coolest


When you think of the zoo, you likely think of elephants and giraffes and rhinos.  While we do have amazing African animals at the North Carolina Zoo, we also have animals that live here in North Carolina that you may have never seen!  We will talk about birds, reptiles, amphibians, and animals that can all be found right here in your backyard.


Extreme Living


These superheroes are able to survive extreme conditions!  What can live in a volcano?  What can survive icy waters?  What can live without a drop of water?  This program will be sure to bring some cool facts to share with your friends.


Feet, Paws, and Claws


The different feet, paws, and claws of different animals serve a purpose, but why do they all look so different?  Discover the differences between our toes.


Fossil Fun


Awaken the paleontologist in everyone at this hands-on, play-based exploration of everything from dinosaurs to creatures in our backyard.


From Eggs to  Legs


This program is geared specifically for 2nd graders to learn about different life cycles and how they compare and contrast with each other.


Investigating Invertebrates 


Enter the world of Inverts and how complex they can be.  This program has modifications to fit the needs of multiple age groups, and offers an up close and personal look at invertebrates, what they are, and how they are beneficial.


Magical Metamorphosis


An older student look at metamorphosis, which extends far beyond just caterpillars to butterflies and tadpoles to frogs.  Reignite students’ love for learning and all things science with this simple yet impactful hands-on program, perfect for grades 5-8.




All Science starts with using our senses!  Together we will use our senses to observe the senses of other animals at work!  This program keeps the wow factor, is fast-paced, and is great for students of all ages, as student observations lead the discussion.


Nature's Mythbusters


Can you run in a zigzag to avoid an alligator?  Do snakes eat their tails?  Can owls really turn their head 360 degrees?  Do vampire bats really suck our blood?  Join us in answering the crazy questions you may have never thought to second guess!


Organism Organization


Levels of organization is a crucial concept taught in seventh grade that shapes their understanding of biology as they continue their education.  Solidify understanding with this program, showing exactly how levels of organization work, and seeing multiple creatures at all levels.


Scoop on Poop


The kids keep whispering about it, so why not have a program about it?  Our number one question from little children is about poop, so instead of shushing them and telling them to ask something more appropriate, why not use this as an avenue to learn new and exciting facts!


Snakes: Friend or Foe


Snakes are exciting but sometimes scary.  Many people will kill a snake on sight, but is this the best response?  Are snakes our friends or our foes?  Come all levels of snake enthusiasts, from the most hesitant ophidiophobe to the budding herpetologist, we have facts for all.


Things with Wings


Birds, bees, butterflies, and bats, come see what all the fuss is about these things with wings.  Why do some birds have wings without the ability to fly?  Why do some wings flap while others are steady and soar?  We explore this strange but extremely useful adaptation together and end with a hands-on age-appropriate activity to leave with.


Three Bears


Three bears are in North America: Black bear, Grizzly bear, and Polar bear!  How are they different?  Using the age-old story of the three bears and Goldilocks, we compare these three bears and point out just how different they really are.



The above programs can also be taught assembly style. We serve a 100-mile radius of the Zoo.  

Number of Participants Cost per Program
40 - 99  $200
100 - 200 max $250

For further information or to schedule a program for your school, contact the Zoo's Education School Programs Office 336.879.7718 or toll-free 1.800.488.0444, or email.