EdZOOcation

Education Programs at the Zoo

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Program Cost: starting at $70.00

Price includes Zoo Admission for school groups.

These programs include time with animal ambassadors unless otherwise noted.

For COVID procedures or requirements for onsite programming visit our COVID webpage.

Call 306-975-3395 for more information.

Story & Animal Friends

Pre-K to Kindergarten

Join us for a story and a visit with two to three of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors. Program is approximately 30- 40 minutes.

Grade 1 Program

SPSD Grade 1 Program

What are some of the cool characteristics of animals with fur, feathers, scales and slime? Find out in this hands-on exploration of animal life. Class/group sizes larger than 15 students, will be split into two groups. Half the group will be with a Saskatoon Zoo Society educator with animal ambassadors and the other half will be doing a self-guided tour of the Zoo. A prepared self-guided tour that includes animal artefacts is available to use during the self-guided tour. Program duration is 1.5 hours-2 hours. Program fee for the 2022-2023 school year is covered by the Saskatoon Public School Division (SPSD). Classes are responsible for booking and paying for their own bus.

Life Cycles

Grade 2

Do all animals look like their Mom and Dad? 
Students will look at the life cycle of a frog and a butterfly and determine the order of their life cycle. Then we’ll look at the difference between a lizard, salamander and axolotl. What is one of the favourite foods of the lizards? Mealworms! But are they really worms or something else? Approximately 1.5 hours

Meet the Creature

Grades 1 to 3

What are some of the cool characteristics of animals with fur, feathers, scales, and slime? Find out in this hands-on exploration of animal life. Class is divided into 2 groups (when class is more than 15 students). While one group is with the Saskatoon Zoo Society educator the other group has time for a self-guided tour of the Zoo. Groups then switch. Total program time is 1.5 hours.

Animal Architects

Grade 3

How did they build that?

Animals have special adaptations to either build elaborate structures or have body parts that structurally enable them to be safe or help them guide their way through life efficiently. Students will get a close-up look at some real animal structures and will be introduced to some of our socialized animals that have special adaptations or use unique homes or structures to keep them alive. Approximately 2 hours

Pond Dipping with Interpreter

Grades 2 and up

We’ll explore our prairie marsh to see what invertebrates call Saskatchewan home. Classes larger than 15 students will be split into 2 groups (with the other half being self-guided unless combined with another program). Program duration is 45 minutes per group. NOTE: pond dipping program is seasonal. Typically runs mid-May to third week of September

Owl and Owl Pellets

Grades 3/4 to 8

This program includes a SMART board presentation and animal artefacts (feathers, talons, vertebrae etc.) to demonstrate concepts in the presentation. Program duration is 1.5 hours.
*No live animals are presented in this program. On Site Program includes 30 minutes for a self-guided tour of the owls and other animals at the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo.

*ADDITIONAL COST: OWL PELLETS
Teacher’s may opt to do a Owl Pellet Dissection Activity. Owl Pellets are an additional cost of $3.50/pellet
The teacher will be invoiced directly. (The owl pellet cost is not included with any program, including where the program fee is covered by a school board or third party.)

Habitats and Adaptations

Grades 4 to 6

This program looks at how animals use their special adaptations in order to survive in a variety of habitats. Program takes place in the Affinity Learning Centre. Includes a presentation and animal artefacts. Then the class will be divided into 2 groups (when class is more than 15 students). While one group is with the Saskatoon Zoo Society educator and our animal ambassadors, the other group has time for a self-guided tour of the Zoo. Groups then switch. Total program time is 2 hours.

Classification

Grades 6 to 8

Why do living organisms have such strange scientific names? This program will look at the history of classification and understanding how and why living creatures are given their names. This includes hands-on time with biofacts and some of the animal ambassadors. Program takes place in the Affinity Learning Centre. Includes a presentation on mammal classification including animal artefacts. Then the class will be divided into 2 groups (when class is more than 15 students). While one group is with the Saskatoon Zoo Society educator and our animal ambassadors, the other group has time for a self-guided tour of the Zoo. Groups then switch. Total program time is 2 hours.

Species at Risk

Grades 7 to 8

This program discusses the importance of a healthy environment and human health while discovering why Saskatchewan has so many species at risk. This program focuses on Indigenous viewpoints of the land and species, and on what can be done to support the health of the land. Program takes place in the Affinity Learning Centre. Program starts with a presentation and then the class will be divided into 2 groups (when class is more than 15 students). While one group is with the Saskatoon Zoo Society educator and our animal ambassadors, the other group has time for a self-guided tour of the Zoo. Groups then switch. Total program time is 2 hours. There is a Species at Risk video tour of the zoo that you can request to view at a later date. The video goes more in-depth on species at risk found at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo.

Custom Program/Tours

All ages

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