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Fort Worth Zoo

Now playing at the Fort Worth Zoo!

Let your student’s imagination run wild with the Fort Worth Zoo! Did you know an African Lion’s roar can be heard up to 5 miles? Partnering with Connect2Texas, our animals can be heard and seen much further away! The Zoo’s mission is based on three principles: Conservation, Education, and Entertainment. We use a combination of live animals and animal biofacts to help your students hone their observation skills and inquiry methods as well as understand important biological concepts. Student will discover some of the world’s most amazing creatures from Africa to Texas, with lessons adapted to the TEKS and National Standards. We offer programs on a variety of topics, and if requested, can tailor a new program to meet your classroom’s needs.


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Any program may be requested at your preferred date/time by contacting Ashlea Brooks or 817.759.7208.


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Animals Using Physics: A Review of the Concepts of Force, Speed, and Motion

Grades: 3-5

Cost: $100

Length: 45 minutes


In this interactive program, learn how animals use the principals of physics for basic survival in the natural world. Students will observe and compare different species’ structures and functions in their abilities to survive. Join the Fort Worth Zoo as we review the basic concepts of force, speed and motion. This interactive program includes a live animal presentation!


Upcoming dates & times for Animals Using Physics

Exploring Food Chains

Grades: 1-5

Cost: $100

Length: 45 minutes


Grades 1-2
An introduction into what it means to be part of the chain. Zoo staff will lead the class in predator/prey relationships, constructing a food chain, a discussion about it and what happens if one part of the chain is removed. This interactive program includes a live animal presentation!

Grades 3-5

Same as above with added concepts. Students will describe the flow of energy in a food chain and how producers create their food and the transfer of energy to consumers. This interactive program includes a live animal presentation!


Upcoming dates & times for Exploring Food Chains

Why I am the way I am: Inherited Traits vs. Learned Behaviors

Grades: 3-7

Cost: $100

Length: 45 minutes


Ever wondered why you look the way you do? Teachers, ever wondered why your students act the way they do? Come join us as we explore the exciting world of inherited traits and learned behaviors. We will observe humans and animals and discuss how traits and behaviors play a vital role in an animals’ survival. We will also differentiate between inherited traits and learned behaviors in this lesson. This interactive program includes a live animal presentation!


Upcoming dates & times for Why I am the way I am: Inherited Traits vs. Learned Behaviors

Math at the Zoo

Grades: 3-5

Cost: $100

Length: 45 minutes


Math is used every day at the Fort Worth Zoo! Come inside our park and see how statistics, percents, place value, and measurements are used for the care and well-being of our animals. Students will use actual data on our animals in this lesson. This interactive program includes a live animal presentation!


Upcoming dates & times for Math at the Zoo

All About Animals!

Grades: PreK-6

Cost: $75 per 30 students

Length: 30 minutes


You asked and we listened. Join us for a brand new program that's all about the animals. This 30 minute interactive program features 2 different live animals and a question and answer session with an animal outreach specialist. Discover amazing animal facts as we compare and contrast both animals and learn more about their unique adaptations.


Upcoming dates & times for All About Animals

Gimme Shelter: How Physical and Behavioral Adaptations Affect an Animal's Choice of Home

Grades: 3-5

Cost: $100

Length: 45 minutes


What kind of home does an animal create? We will discuss how different species around the globe meet their need for shelter using their unique physical and behavioral adaptations. We will explore how adaptations and functions enable organisms to survive in their environment. This interactive program includes a live animal presentation!


Upcoming dates & times for Gimme Shelter

Zoo Field Trip

Grades: K - 8th

Cost: $25 per class (30 students) or $75 for grade level (more than 30 students)

Length: 30 minutes


This TEKS aligned interactive program will teach your students the best ways to explore and discover every furry, scaly, and feathered friend in the zoo! Our 30 minute program aims to extend your students’ knowledge by providing them with common (grade specific) terms and definitions used throughout the zoo as well as challenging their critical thinking process with important environmental issues. Let us connect with you and your students to make your field trip to the Fort Worth Zoo a wild one to remember!

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