North Carolina Zoo

At the North Carolina Zoo students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers will have the chance to encounter over 1,100 animals and 40,000 plants! Discover the zoo’s 500 acres of natural habitat, which provide a home for resident reptiles, tropical birds, and mammals from North America and Africa, including bears, giraffes, elephants, and desert creatures. North Carolina Zoo features an Acacia Station Giraffe Deck, Air Hike Ropes Course, Dragonfly Paddle Boats, Rio: The 4-D Experience, and many others attractions. Groups can participate in animal feedings, Be sure to also check out the outdoor public art collection, take a ride on the carousel, and hike the trails during your field trip visit.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

School

On a field trip to the North Carolina Zoo, students will explore the animal kingdom through Edventures programs. Students can learn about the adaptations and social behavior of gorillas and chimpanzees, trek through a tropical forest habitat, study wetland environments, and much more. Younger learners will love the zoo’s KidZone, which features outdoor fun, nature play, and animal encounters (weather permitting). Enjoy a picnic with your students after your visit at one of the zoo’s picnic areas. Field trips must be reserved at least two weeks ahead. Registration opens at the end of August.

supports classroom learning in:
Science.

topics covered:
Biology, environmental studies, living environment, animal science, conservation, habitats, animal adaptations.

contact info
Name: NC Zoo Education School Programs Office
Phone: 336-879-7718
Email: schoolprograms@nczoo.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School, High School Group Size: 30 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Available for Purchase, Catering, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

Zoo Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

The giraffe’s tongue is black to prevent sunburn while eating in the hot sun. Their spots, which are as unique as humans fingerprints, are designed for camouflage. And they need less sleep than any other mammal, using the time instead to browse for food.

When you go to the zoo, be on the lookout for the clever ways animals adapted to their surroundings and developed traits that help them survive.

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North Carolina Zoo

At the North Carolina Zoo students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers will have the chance to encounter over 1,100 animals and 40,000 plants! Discover the zoo’s 500 acres of natural habitat, which provide a home for resident reptiles, tropical birds, and mammals from North America and Africa, including bears, giraffes, elephants, and desert creatures. North Carolina Zoo features an Acacia Station Giraffe Deck, Air Hike Ropes Course, Dragonfly Paddle Boats, Rio: The 4-D Experience, and many others attractions. Groups can participate in animal feedings, Be sure to also check out the outdoor public art collection, take a ride on the carousel, and hike the trails during your field trip visit.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

Scouts

Girl and Boy Scout groups can work a variety of animal-related badges at the North Carolina Zoo. Boy Scout badge program activities include making a birdhouse, hiking through the zoo’s habitats, and more. Girl Scouts can work on Bugs, Home Scientist, and other badges while investigating insects and conducting science experiments. Resources for self-guided scout visits are available. On weekends and holidays from April-October, scouts can work on Bird Study badges with the exciting Birds in Flight show, which features majestic macaws, owls, falcons, hawks, and other avians as they demonstrate their impressive aerial skills. Zoo Snooze overnights are available from January-November.

supports scout badges in:
Science.

topics covered:
Biology, environmental science, nature, critter care, bird study, insect study, animal science, flowers, gardening, hiking, habitats.

contact info
Name: Nicole Petersen
Phone: 336-879-7716
Email: nicole.petersen@nczoo.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School, High School Group Size: 10 minimum, 25 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2.5 hours-1 night. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Food Options: Available for Purchase, Catering, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

Zoo Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

The giraffe’s tongue is black to prevent sunburn while eating in the hot sun. Their spots, which are as unique as humans fingerprints, are designed for camouflage. And they need less sleep than any other mammal, using the time instead to browse for food.

When you go to the zoo, be on the lookout for the clever ways animals adapted to their surroundings and developed traits that help them survive.

View Lesson Plan>>

North Carolina Zoo

At the North Carolina Zoo students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers will have the chance to encounter over 1,100 animals and 40,000 plants! Discover the zoo’s 500 acres of natural habitat, which provide a home for resident reptiles, tropical birds, and mammals from North America and Africa, including bears, giraffes, elephants, and desert creatures. North Carolina Zoo features an Acacia Station Giraffe Deck, Air Hike Ropes Course, Dragonfly Paddle Boats, Rio: The 4-D Experience, and many others attractions. Groups can participate in animal feedings, Be sure to also check out the outdoor public art collection, take a ride on the carousel, and hike the trails during your field trip visit.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

Camp

Summer camp groups can enjoy a variety of Ed-Zoo-Cation programs at North Carolina Zoo that aim to connect participants with the resident animals. Activities include touching animal furs, discussing how to conserve natural resources, live animal presentations, getting hands-on with reptile biofacts, and more. Programs are available daily from 9:30AM-3PM all year-round! Field tips must be booked at lease three weeks in advance. Younger campers will have a great time playing and meeting animals in the KidZone. Stay for a summer camp group picnic on the zoo’s grounds after your field trip.

contact info
Name: Steve Gerkin
Phone: 336-879-7716
Email: steve.gerkin@nczoo.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School, High School Group Size: 10 minimum, 25 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: 10:1. Registration: Online, Phone, Email. Food Options: Available for Purchase, Catering, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

Zoo Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

The giraffe’s tongue is black to prevent sunburn while eating in the hot sun. Their spots, which are as unique as humans fingerprints, are designed for camouflage. And they need less sleep than any other mammal, using the time instead to browse for food.

When you go to the zoo, be on the lookout for the clever ways animals adapted to their surroundings and developed traits that help them survive.

View Lesson Plan>>

North Carolina Zoo

At the North Carolina Zoo students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers will have the chance to encounter over 1,100 animals and 40,000 plants! Discover the zoo’s 500 acres of natural habitat, which provide a home for resident reptiles, tropical birds, and mammals from North America and Africa, including bears, giraffes, elephants, and desert creatures. North Carolina Zoo features an Acacia Station Giraffe Deck, Air Hike Ropes Course, Dragonfly Paddle Boats, Rio: The 4-D Experience, and many others attractions. Groups can participate in animal feedings, Be sure to also check out the outdoor public art collection, take a ride on the carousel, and hike the trails during your field trip visit.

contact info

Hrs: Vary by season.

Homeschool

Homeschoolers can explore wildlife on field trips the North Carolina Zoo! Programs provide opportunities for homeschool groups to learn about the adaptations and social behavior of different animals, trek through a tropical forest habitat, study wetlands, and more. The North Carolina Zoo offers free admission for North Carolina homeschools that are registered with the state and book their field trip at least 15 days in advance. Enjoy a picnic with your homeschool group after your visit at one of the zoo’s picnic areas.

topics covered:
Biology, environmental studies, living environment, animal science, conservation, habitats, animal adaptations.

contact info
Name: Ticket Office
Phone: 800-488-0444 ext. 7700

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School, High School Group Size: 15 minimum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Available for Purchase, Catering, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee, Free Accessible To: PD.

Zoo Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

The giraffe’s tongue is black to prevent sunburn while eating in the hot sun. Their spots, which are as unique as humans fingerprints, are designed for camouflage. And they need less sleep than any other mammal, using the time instead to browse for food.

When you go to the zoo, be on the lookout for the clever ways animals adapted to their surroundings and developed traits that help them survive.

View Lesson Plan>>

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