Student Workshops

 

Student workshops are designed to expand your students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills through hands-on activities.

What You Need to Know

    • Available September 1 through March 31.
    • Times available are 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
    • Capacity: 40 students per session.  For groups larger than 40, a second session is required.
    • Level: 6th-12th Grade  
    • 3 weeks’ notice required  
    • Fee: $5 per student (minimum fee applicable, does not include school group zoo admission)

    Topics

    • Sharks: The news often feeds us negative images of sharks. However, sharks are an essential part of the food web and are an apex predator. Students will take an in-depth look at shark adaptations (feeding, niche, camouflage, and more), conservation issues, and will get serious observation time with the sharks at the Scott Aquarium. (Note: This activity can begin before the zoo opens to the public! Call to find out more.)
    • Animal Behavior: How do zoos know what to feed their animals or how to keep them stimulated in their environment? How do we know that animals use tools and that some can problem solve? Making good observations is key to answering these questions and many more. Students will take on the role of a field scientist and learn how to make observations and collect data. You choose from one of three animals to observe; Penguins, Gorillas, or Tigers!
    • Behavioral Husbandry-Training: Let your students exercise their brains in this challenging field of study. Animal care staff at the zoo use positive reinforcement techniques to shape animal behaviors, which in turn improves daily care. This activity promotes social interaction and stimulates critical thinking and problem solving skills.
    • Amphibian Field Sampling: Provide your students with an opportunity to engage in real-world science at our Wildlife Safari Park.  Learn about conservation issues facing amphibians and collect valuable data, which is used to monitor their health as a part of our statewide amphibian conservation initiative.  Students will learn how to test water quality, collect samples from amphibians to be tested for disease, and properly record data. *Program offered at Wildlife Safari Park only. This workshop is completely outdoors and is offered April through October, weather permitting. Group size may be limited to fewer than 30 per session.

    For more information or to schedule a session, call (402) 738-2092 or classes@omahazoo.com.