Animal Programs

Do you want to have a wild time at the wildest place in Racine?  Then check out some of the new educational programs the Zoo is offering this year!  We offer our predesigned themed programs (listed below), or can create a program to suit your curriculum or group needs. To schedule your educational program, please call 262-636-9580 or email us at education@racinezoo.org.  Programs are scheduled on a first come first served basis.  

All of our educational animal programs can be conducted at the Zoo or at your facility unless noted otherwise.   Animal encounters are 30-45 minutes long unless otherwise noted. 

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Age-Specific Programs

Animals of the World (appropriate for all ages)

During this animal encounter, students will get up close and personal with mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and arthropods.  Students will learn about various animal adaptations and conservation issues.  This is a great program to "sample" all of the animals!  This program is catered to fit your group's age and grade.  This program is filled with live animals and animal artifacts. 

 

Wild Wisconsin (appropriate for all ages)

Discover some of the wild animals that live right here in Wisconsin.  During this program, students will get up close and personal with all sorts of animals from Wisconsin.  Two major focuses of this program will be how all living things need water and Great Lakes conservation.  Students will learn what they can do to help conserve and protect Lake Michigan as well as the animals and their habitats that call Wisconsin home.  Students will also explore various animal adaptations and conservation issues.  This program is catered to fit your group's age and grade.  This program is filled with live animals and animal artifacts. 


Better Suited for Younger Children

Animal Tales

Zoo story time with a twist! During this exciting animal program, students will enjoy an animal themed story and then meet some related animal visitors. This program is filled with live animals and animal artifacts. 

 

Animals in Motion

Crawl, walk, or run? How about swinging and slithering? Learn how animals are adapted to move about in their habitat and what body parts are used. Students will explore the classification of animals (age appropriately) based on how they move. This program is filled with live animals and animal artifacts.

 

Picky Eaters

Some animals are very picky eaters!  Learn how some animals are only suited to eat certain things by exploring beaks, teeth, and digestion.  This program is filled with live animals and animal artifacts. 


Programs Better Suited for Elementary Age Students

Ridiculous Reptiles

What makes an animal a reptile? What do all reptiles have in common? These topics and many more will be explored as children meet and greet several of the Racine Zoo’s reptiles.  This program is filled with live animals and animal artifacts. 

 

Don't Hate Me!

Some animals really have a bad reputation.  This program offers children an opportunity to learn why many of natures misunderstood animals are really not that scary and play a very important role in their ecosystems.  This program is filled with live animals and animal artifacts. 

 

Creatures of the Night

What happens when we are fast asleep? Fascinating night life comes to light during this program. Discover amazing adaptations that have allowed these animals to be successful in the dark. This program is filled with live animals and animal artifacts.


Programs Better Suited for Middle and Upper School Students

Careers at the Zoo

Ever wonder how you can become an animal care specialist or a veterinarian?  This program offers insight into all of the hard work that goes into working in a zoo.  Young people will learn what a typical day is like for an animal care specialist.  They will also see a brief training session with an animal.  This program is filled with live animals and animal artifacts. 

 

Ecosystems

During this exciting animal program, young people will learn how various animals are adapted to live in their specific ecosystems and learn about those ecosystems.  This program is filled with live animals and animal artifacts. 

 

Suitcase for Survival

Learn how the international wildlife trade impacts biodiversity around the world.  Young people will examine animal products confiscated from people who broke laws that protect animals.  They will also learn how to protect wildlife around the globe by becoming wise consumers.  This program is filled with live animals and animal artifacts. 

 

Classy Animals

Different animals belong to different taxonomic groups.  Young adults will learn how scientists group various animals.  This program is filled with live animals and animal artifacts.