Join the Kansas City Zoo Expedition Environment Challenge!
This new challenge gives your classroom or student groups the opportunity to create a meaningful project or program in your very own classroom, which focuses on the reduction of consumption in your school or community. We are looking for energetic and passionate students to join us in creating effective solutions, which help our environment. Project ideas should revolve around anything concerning reducing the impact on our environment, such as: reduction of energy, litter, food waste, clothing waste or anything else that makes a carbon impact on our environment.
Groups wishing to participate must register by September 1, 2019 at midnight. Groups will need to submit a final presentation, not to exceed three minutes, which will explain their project and its implementation by November 1st, 2019. The winner of the 2019 Expedition Environment Challenge will win a classroom trip to the Kansas City Zoo and a behind the scenes tour of the Polar Bear area on International Polar Bear Day, February 27, 2020!
Visit us at https://www.kczooed.org/ The ZooED program has rolled out a brand new beta website for all things ZooED-related! Prospective teachers can browse information regarding the program, including curriculum descriptions, registration for upcoming trainings, and FAQs. Returning teachers can access new and updated resources via our teacher portal!
What is ZooED?
Kansas City Zoo’s ZooED program fosters the next generation of conservation-minded citizens through cross-curricular, standards-based learning experiences. Funded entirely by the Zoological Tax District, ZooED is exclusively available to educational organizations in Jackson and Clay counties. All curricula and associated learning experiences are aligned with the Missouri Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Common Core Standards.
Who can Use ZooED?
ZooED is free and accessible for all students in the Zoological Tax District. This includes public, private, parochial, charter, homeschool, and other educational organizations in Jackson or Clay counties. At this time, ZooED curriculum is not available to groups outside the Zoological District.
Three ZooED Programs:
Meet the Animal is designed for early elementary students (grades 1-3)
Manage the Animal is designed for upper elementary students (grades 4-6)
Maintain the Animal is designed for secondary science, biology and zoology students (grades 8-12)
- An original cross-curricular, standards-based curriculum
- One free Zoomobile program per school year
- One free field trip per school year
Become a ZooED Teacher
To start exploring ZooED with your students, attend a short mandatory training class to learn how to incorporate the curriculum into your classroom and receive your materials. Private ZooED trainings are also available for groups of 10 or more teachers. Contact us at ZooED@fotzkc.org or 816-595-1764 to schedule a private training.
Fall 2019 Training Classes:
Early Elementary Training: Meet the Animal
Upper Elementary Training: Manage the Animal
Secondary Training: Maintain the Animal
Returning ZooEd teachers can order classroom material online using our Returning Teacher Resource Request Form
Early Elementary – Meet the Animal
Meet the [animal] introduces students to 26 animals that live at the Kansas City Zoo. Students explore animals through hands-on ELA , math, science, and social studies activities to discover how polar bears stay warm, how baby bats find their mothers, why gibbons have opposable thumbs on their feet, and so much more. Meet the [animal] addresses essential questions like “How do humans and animals depend on each other?” “What kinds of differences and similarities can be seen across the animal kingdom?” and “What connections are there between an animal’s appearance, lifestyle, and habitat?” Recommended for grades 1-3.
Upper Elementary – Manage the Animal
Manage the [animal] is a project-based learning experience in which students learn about zoo careers and take on the roles of zookeepers, veterinarians, nutritionists, and educators. Student teams learn what it takes to feed, care for, create a habitat, and teach others about one of 7 zoo animals. Resources include nonfiction books, videos of real Kansas City Zoo professionals talking about their jobs and career paths, actual data about Kansas City Zoo’s animals, and more. Manage the [animal] addresses essential questions like “What is the purpose of zoos and conservation institutions?” “What do animals need?” and “What kinds of careers work with animals, and how do I get there?” Recommended for grades 4-6.
Secondary – Maintain the Animal
Maintain the [animal] is a project-based learning experience that turns secondary students into conservationists. Students study the work of famous geneticists and conservationists like Gregor Mendel, Jane Goodall, and Stephen O’Brien, and learn about the role of genetics in animal conservation. Student teams research one of 6 species in the Kansas City Zoo’s collection to develop a studbook with breeding recommendations, just like the ones used by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Students synthesize their work in a conservation documentary filmed onsite at the Zoo. Recommended for grades 8+.