Welcome to Zoo Along with You - your hub for zoo-related activities to help engage your young people and keep their spirits high while in and around your home. Check back each week for new videos and downloads!

Be sure to also check out the Daily Dose and Daily Dose at Home series, bringing you virtually behind the scenes with us every day while we're closed.

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virtual storytime with you

Get your favourite stuffie and join Laura for the inspiring story of our community conservationist, Donna Sheppard. Donna had a Dream by Lisa McDonald & Donna Sheppard. Illustrated by Jesse Horne. Best for ages 6-8. Reading with permission of the authors.
Drumheller Dinosaur Dance Written by Robert Heidbreder Illustrated by Bill Slavin & Esperança Melo. Best for ages 3-7. Reading with permission of the lovely folks at Kids Can Press.
And Tango Makes Three Written by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell Illustrated by Henry Cole. The heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family. Best for ages 2-5. Reading with permission of the team at Simon & Schuster.
Join Annie, Chevron Open Minds Zoo School Coordinator, for a reading of: Bear’s New Friend. Best for ages 3 to 7. Written by Karma Wilson & illustrated by Jane Chapman. Reading with permission of the team at Simon & Schuster.

Aurora: A Tale of the Northern Lights. Best for ages 6+. Written by Alaskan storyteller and artist Mindy Dwyer. Reading with permission of West Margin Press.
Annie, Chevron Open Minds Zoo School Coordinator, for a reading of Leon the Chameleon. Best for ages 3-5. Written & illustrated by Mélanie Watt. Reading with permission of the lovely folks at Kids Can Press.
Special Edition! Join Calgary Zoo President & CEO, Dr. Clément Lanthier and colleague Sheri-Anne for a French and English reading of Rainbow Fish. Best for under 5. Written by Marcus Pfister. Reading with permission of North South Books.
Join Annie, Chevron Open Minds Zoo School Coordinator, for a reading of ‘Birthday Zoo’. Best for ages 4-7. Written by Deborah Lee Rose & illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. Reading with permission of the lovely folks at Albert Whitman & Company.

Join Jen for a reading of "Peanut Goes for the Gold". Best for ages 4-8. Written by Jonathan Van Ness & illustrated by Gillian Reid. Reading with permission of Harper Collins.

sharing the zoo with you

Meet our amazing cougar siblings. All ages.

Just like our bears and prairie dogs, build your own den at home. Ages 3+

Figure out the identity of each Northern Leopard Frog based on its spots. Ages 6+

Meet our amazing Amur Tigers. All ages.

Giraffe Tower
Can you build a tower as tall as our male giraffe, Nabo? Great for budding engineers ages 5+

Bears at the Zoo
Get to know our black bears and grizzly bears. Great for all ages

Lions at the Zoo
Meet our beautiful pride. Great for all ages.

Gorillas at the zoo
Who's who in our troop of Western Lowland gorillas. Great for all ages. 

Meet our lovely female alpacas and learn why they're not the same as llamas. Great for all ages. 

connecting to nature with you

Use your nature treasures to make art. Ages 5+

Can you solve these animal word puzzles? Ages 7+

Nature podcast
Channel your inner radio host and create a nature or animal-themed podcast to share with your family and friends. Great for ages 7+.

backyard observations
Observe and count the animal life in your neighbourhood. Great for ages 6+

Backside Lowdown
Dive into the world of animal behinds! Great for ages 5+.

Build a safe space for bugs near your home. Ages 5+ 

Use vegetables to make natural paints for a portrait of one of our animals. Ages 6+

Scavenger Hunt
Calling all explorers! Time to engage all your senses and see if you can find everything on our list. Great for ages 5+.

Create your own animal adventure or a superhero who protects wild life and wild places. Great for ages 7+.

Nature Journaling 
Take time to explore the wonder of the natural world around with you in this engaging journaling technique. Art skills not required! Great for explorers ages 7+.

Animal Riddles
Tickle your funny bone with these animal and nature jokes. Great for ages 5+.

Community Walk Bingo 
Energize your next community walk and discover nature in your neighbourhood with a game of bingo! Great for any age.

Take your next wilderness walk to a deeper level. Great for any age. 

Unlock the identity of those beautiful coniferous or "evergreen" trees around you using this handy key. Great for explorers ages 10+.

zoo crafts with you

Join zoo families for zoo-inspired crafts and activities that you can follow along with at home. Check out this teaser for what's coming soon. And don't forget to bring your favourite stuffie! Great for ages 4+.
Join Jen from our Education team and her six year old son Carrick for an exceptionally playful tortoise creating crafting exercise! Your favourite stuffed animal, an egg carton, cardboard, coloured markers, glue and scissors required!
Join Jen from our Education team and her six year old son Carrick for the creation of a pollinator sanctuary! Bring your favourite stuffie and some pollinator-friendly seeds/bulbs (i.e. milkweed, daylily, black-eyed susan & globe thistle). Any age!


Live: Penguin Fish Feeding with Zookeeper Valerie
Live: Hippo Habitat Tour with Zookeeper Ryan
Live: Hanging out with the gorilla troop with Zookeeper Patrick

Virtual Tours At The Zoo

Live: Hanging out with the snow leopards with Lead Zookeeper Barb
Live: Get to know the greater sage-grouse flock with Zookeeper Michelle
Live: Hanging with the lemurs with Lead Primate Zookeeper Carrie

Live: Hanging our with our tower of giraffes with Zookeeper Jennifer