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OUTREACH PROGRAMS

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Outreach programs at GVZOO

Why not bring the zoo to you? Our outreach programs are a fun, interactive and educational way to experience the zoo at your location. With the use of animal artifacts and live animals, we provide programs for a variety of different groups – schools, daycares, birthday parties, senior centres, libraries, fairs, camps, community events, and more!

Please see the sections below for more details on our outreach programs.

To learn more or to book your presentation:
Paige DeWolff, Education Coordinator
604-856-6825 ext 28
edu@gvzoo.com 

Registration form: Outreach Registration Form(1).pdf

  • Preschool +

    Let us bring some early wildlife education to your centres! Our preschool programs are approximately 60 minutes long, aim to be very interactive to keep kids engaged, while providing an opportunity for the children to interact with zoo staff and to meet an animal or two.

    Cost:  
    Live animals: $180 plus mileage (Additional consecutive programs are $153)
    No live animals: $4/person (minimum of 10)

    You and the Zoo 
    Full of fun facts, this is an overview of some of the animals at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Learn about some of their features, basic needs and the important role they play in their environment.

    The Animal Alphabet 
    From alligator to zebra, let’s work on our ABC’s while learning about some of our animal friends.

    Animals Moving and Grooving
    Animals move in different ways – let’s explore animal bodies and why they move the way they do, using interactive play and the help of our animal ambassadors.

  • Elementary/Middle School +

    No need to worry about booking a bus, let us bring the zoo straight to your classroom and provide your students with a unique hands-on learning experience!

    All school programs are approximately 50-60 minutes and are based on the B.C. Ministry of Education curriculum and standards. Programs may include animal artifacts and some live animals to help teach and inspire.

    Cost:
    Live animals: $180 plus mileage (Additional consecutive programs are $153)
    No live animals: $4/person (minimum of 10)

    You and the Zoo (Preschool/Kindergarten)
    Full of fun facts, this is an overview of some of the animals at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. Learn about some of their features, basic needs and the important role they play in their environment.

    Amazing Animal Adaptations (Grade 1)
    Giraffes have long necks, male lions have thick manes, rabbits have big ears, and crocodiles have strong jaws – these are a few of the adaptations that help these animals survive in the wild. Learn about the unique physical features and behaviours that enable animals to adapt to their natural habitats.  

    Life Cycles (Grade 2)
    From birth to the end of life, animals go through many different changes throughout their lifespan. This program will cover the various survival strategies and life cycles of different animal species.

    The Web of Life (Grade 3-4)
    No animal is an island – they are all interconnected in many ways. Learn about habitats, ecosystems, biodiversity, and why each animal is important to their community’s survival.

    Super Animal Senses (Grade 4)
    Did you know grizzly bears can smell food up to 29 kilometers way? Or that bees can find a flower using voltage? Or that some snakes use pits on their face as heat-vision? Those are some big super senses! Let’s learn all about the different ways animals use their super sense to survive in their environments.

    Animal Organs at Work (Grade 5-6)
    Animals bodies really do work in wonderful ways: most snakes only have one lung but they are not out of breath, birds are filled with air sacks throughout their entire bodies, and frogs can breathe through their skin! From respiration to reproduction – all body systems are important for the daily functioning of wildlife. Learn about the different ways these systems work in various animals from all over the world!

    Wildlife Conservation (Grade 7)
    In our changing world, many plants and animals are currently threatened with extinction. Learn about the challenges animals face in the wild and explore the roles and responsibilities individuals, accredited zoos and conservation organizations have in protecting species and why these efforts are important.

  • High School +

    No need to worry about booking a bus, let us bring the zoo straight to your classroom and provide your students with a unique hands-on learning experience!

    All school programs are approximately 50-60 minutes and are based on the B.C. Ministry of Education curriculum and standards. Programs may include animal artifacts and some live animals to help teach and inspire.

    Cost:
    Live animals: $180 plus mileage (Additional consecutive programs are $153)
    No live animals: $4/person (minimum of 10)

    Wildlife Careers (Grade 10-12)
    This program will cover the variety of jobs working with wildlife can offer, how to get into them, what working with animals is like and the importance of zoos in conservation efforts today.

    Classifying the Animal Kingdom (Grade 11)
    What makes a fly an insect, a lion a mammal, and an iguana a reptile? Biologists use many different tools to classify animals into the groups we have today – it is more complicated than it looks! Become a taxonomist and learn how to categorize some of the animal kingdom.

    Wildlife Conservation (Grade 12)
    In our changing world, many plants and animals are currently threatened with extinction. Learn about the challenges animals face in the wild and explore the roles and responsibilities individuals, accredited zoos and conservation organizations have in protecting species and why these efforts are important.

    Animal Organs at Work (Grade 12)
    Animals bodies really do work in wonderful ways: most snakes only have one lung but they are not out of breath, birds are filled with air sacks throughout their entire bodies, and frogs can breathe through their skin! From respiration to reproduction – all body systems are important for the daily functioning of wildlife. Learn about the different ways these systems work in various animals from all over the world!

  • Birthday Parties +

    The Greater Vancouver Zoo is available to help you make your child’s birthday one they will never forget. Children will get the chance to get up close and personal with some of our animal ambassadors from the zoo while learning all about them! Birthday programs are 60 minutes and include lots of time to meet and greet with the animals and their handler, enjoy photo opportunities, and ask questions. Choose a casual style program or select from one of our more structured educational programs in the school sections.

    Cost: $180 plus mileage

  • Adults & Seniors +

    Let your inner child out with a visit from the zoo! Whether it is your naturalist club, a retirement residence, or just a group of friends, our programs can be easily adapted for multiple audience types.

    Cost:  
    Live animals: $180 plus mileage (Additional consecutive programs are $153)
    No live animals: $4/person (minimum of 10)

    Amazing Animal Adaptations
    Did you know grizzly bears can smell food up to 29 kilometers way? Or that bees can find a flower using voltage? Or that some snakes use pits on their face as heat-vision? Those are some big super senses! Let’s learn all about the different ways animals use their super sense to survive in their environments.

    Animal Super Senses
    Did you know grizzly bears can smell food up to 29 kilometers way? Or that bees can find a flower using voltage? Or that some snakes use pits on their face as heat-vision? Those are some big super senses! Let’s learn all about the different ways animals use their super sense to survive in their environments.

    Wildlife Conservation 
    In our changing world, many plants and animals are currently threatened with extinction. Learn about the challenges animals face in the wild and explore the roles and responsibilities individuals, accredited zoos and conservation organizations have in protecting species and why these efforts are important.

    Classifying the Animal Kingdom 
    What makes a fly an insect, a lion a mammal, and an iguana a reptile? Biologists use many different tools to classify animals into the groups we have today – it is more complicated than it looks! Become a taxonomist and learn how to categorize some of the animal kingdom.

     

  • Other Events +

    Let us bring some wild education and entertainment to your next community or corporate event. With available options including information booths and live presentations, we are ready to share our passion for wildlife with the entire group!

    If interested, please contact the education department to discuss options and pricing:
    604-856-6825 ext 28
    edu@gvzoo.com

CONTACT

Phone: 604.856.6825
Fax: 604.857.9008
Email: info@gvzoo.com

Address:
5048 - 264th Street
Aldergrove, BC V4W 1N7

HOURS

Winter Hours
(October 1 - March 31)
9:00am - 4:00pm

Summer Hours
(April 1 - September 30)
9:00am - 7:00pm