King penguins

On-site Program

Penguin Palooza (K-3)

Students will act as conservation scientists rescuing a penguin as they move through various stations learning about adaptations, habitats, prey and predators, and family care. As students learn about penguins, they will be guided to reflect on the question, “How does the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo make a home for penguins?” to determine why zoos are important and how they can benefit our animals.

Length: 60 minutes
Program times: 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m.
Maximum students: 27

  • October-March: $240
  • April-June: $295

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Curricular Connections


  • Demonstrate curiosity, interest and a willingness to learn about the environment and community

Grade 1

  • Describe some common living things, and identify needs of those living things

Grade 2

  • Describe the role of insulation in keeping things hot and cold
  • Identify materials that insulate animals from the cold
  • Describe ways in which temperature changes affect us in our daily lives

Grade 3

  • Describe the appearances and life cycles of some common animals, and identify their adaptations to different environments
  • Identify requirements for animal care

Develop Number Sense

  • Kindergarten: Relate a numeral, 1 to 10, to its respective quantity
  • Grade 1: Demonstrate an understanding of addition of numbers with answers to 20
  • Grade 2: Demonstrate an understanding of addition (limited to 1- and 2-digit numerals) with answers to 100
  • Grade 3: Demonstrate an understanding of multiplication to 5 × 5

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