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WELCOME TO WILDER INSTITUTE CALGARY ZOO SCHOOL PROGRAMS!
The perfect place to bring curriculum to life.

2022-2023 registration now open!


    ON-SITE PROGRAM INFORMATION

    Immerse yourself in our 120 acre living classroom. On-site school programs are designed with grade specific learner outcomes and they all include a variety of curriculum-connected activities designed to spark curiosity, initiate dialogue and help bring concepts to life.

    • Elementary Programs

      Bear Necessities

      Grade: K-3
      Length: 60 Mins
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am, 11:15 am, 12:45 pm
      Maximum students: 27


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $225
                Apr-Jun: $280

       

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      Rodin Law Firm

      How does a wild bear find food, water and shelter? Using their senses and detective skills, students figure out how bears meet their needs, and what we can all do to help them. This lively program involves interactive role-playing and costumes.

      Curricular Connections
      • Demonstrate curiosity, interest and a willingness to learn about the environment and community
      • Describe living things, and identify needs of those living things
      • Describe the appearances and life cycles of some common animals, and identify their adaptations to different environments
      • Identify requirements for animal care

      Dino Styles

      Grade: K-3
      Length: 60 Mins
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am, 11:15 am, 12:45 pm
      Maximum students: 27


      Cost: May-Jun: $280

       

       

       

      From different styles of adaptation to different styles of families, this high-energy program explores the creation of fossils while looking closely at dinosaur diversity, parental care, and hatchling survival adaptations. Through classroom and tour components, students will discuss animal homes, life cycles and specific needs of dinosaurs at different times. 

      Curricular Connections
      • Uses direct comparison to compare two objects based on a single attribute
      • Shows awareness of similarities and differences in living things, objects and materials
      • Describe some common living things, and identify needs of those living things
      • Demonstrate an understanding of measurement as a process of comparing
      • Compare and order objects by length, height, distance around and mass (weight), using nonstandard units, and make statements of comparison
      • Demonstrate an understanding of measuring length
      • Describe the appearances and life cycles of some common animals, and identify their adaptations to different environments

      On Gossamer Wings

      Grade: K-3
      Length: 60 Mins
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am, 11:15 am, 12:45 pm
      Maximum students: 27


      Cost: Apr-Jun: $280

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Butterflies and moths have unique adaptations to live in their environments, but also share similarities with humans. In this program students will learn how these creatures use their senses to explore the world around them just like we do, compare their life cycles to our own and recognize the impact losing pollinators would be to the environment today. Students will learn about butterflies and moths through reflecting on the question “how can we improve the environment for butterflies, moths, and ourselves?”.  

      Curricular Connections
      • Describe some common living things, and identify needs of these living things  
      • Describe the general structure and life habits of small crawling and flying animals and apply this knowledge to interpret local species that have been observed 
      • 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 

      Penguin Palooza

      Grade: K-3
      Length: 60 Mins
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am, 11:15 am, 12:45 pm
      Maximum students: 27


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $225
                Apr-Jun: $280

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      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. 

      Curricular Connections
      • Describe some common living things and identify the needs of those living things 
      • Evaluate appropriateness of various materials to the construction of watercraft 
      • 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 
      • Describe 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 

      Dinos: Digging Deeper

      Grade: 4-6
      Length: 60 Mins
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am, 11:15 am, 12:45 pm
      Maximum students: 32


      Cost: May-Jun: $280

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Get ready to solve the mystery of the fossil discovery. In this program students will act like paleontologists analyzing the evidence before them to uncover unique fossil characteristics to make inferences about the life and death of the fossilized dinosaur. Students will reflect on the question “how can understanding characteristics of animals in the past help us to protect our ecosystems today?” through storytelling and hands-on investigating. 

      Curricular Connections
      • Value Alberta’s physical geography and natural environment
      • Examine, critically, how geology and paleontology contribute to knowledge of Alberta’s physical geography
      • Demonstrate an understanding of fractions less than or equal to one
      • Demonstrate an understanding of fractions
      • Observe, describe, and interpret weather phenomena; and relate weather to the heating and cooling of Earth’s surface 
      • Recognize evidence of recent human activity, and recognize evidence of animal activity in a natural outdoor setting 
      • Observe a set of footprints, and infer the direction and speed of travel  
      • Recognize that evidence found at the scene of an activity may have unique characteristics that allow an investigator to make inferences about the participants and the nature of the activity, and give examples of how specific evidence may be used 
      • Investigate evidence and link it to a possible source 

      Green and Gorgeous

      Grade: 4
      Length: 60 Mins
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am, 11:15 am, 12:45 pm
      Maximum students: 32


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $225
                Apr-Jun: $280

       

       

       

      In this program students will act as budding botanists, learning about the importance of plants in our world. Students will be guided to reflect on the question “how does understanding and appreciating plants help us to protect our environment?” through stationed activities aimed at discovering various aspects of plants such as seed dispersal, pollination, life cycles and function of anatomy.  

      Curricular Connections
      • Describe the importance of plants to humans and their importance to the natural environment 
      • Identify and describe general purpose of plant roots, stems, leaves and flowers 
      • Recognize plant requirements for growth 
      • Recognize that plants of the same kind have a common life cycle and produce new plants that are similar but not identical 
      • Describe different ways that seeds are distributed

      The One and Only Ivan

      Grade: 3-6
      Length: 90 Mins
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am, 12:00 pm
      Maximum students: 32


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $225
                Apr: $280

       

       

       

       

      Inspired by the novel “The One and Only Ivan” by K.A. Applegate, this program compares the life of Ivan from the story to our gorilla troop here at the Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo. We will guide students through the process of analyzing the question “what is the purpose of the Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo?” through initial brainstorming, thoughtful discussion, and observation of our gorilla troop and habitat. 

      **Students should be familiar with the story of Ivan. Ideally classes have competed the novel, the short story book, or have watched the film. This program contains spoilers! 

      Curricular Connections
      • Express ideas and develop understanding
      • Use prior knowledge
      • Examine the social, cultural, and linguistic characteristics that affect quality of life in communities in other parts of the world
      • Describe the appearances and life cycles of some common animals, and identify their adaptations to different environments 
      • Experience various texts and relate texts to culture

      Burrowing in with Burrowing Owls

      Grade: 3-6
      Length: 90 Mins
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am, 12:00 pm
      Maximum students: 32


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $225
                Apr-Jun: $280

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      The burrowing owl is a unique grassland species, whose Canadian population has declined by 90% since the 1990s. The owl is listed as Endangered due to several threats that result in high juvenile mortality and low migration return rates. Through a variety of hands-on activities, we will learn about the burrowing owls' habitat, diet, and head-starting project that the Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo has devised to recover burrowing owl populations. Students will reflect on the question “how can we improve our environment for burrowing owls and ourselves?” while acting as 'conservation researchers' for a day to learn some of the conservation techniques that are involved in saving this species from extinction.  

      Curricular Connections
      • Describe the appearances and life cycles of some common animals, and identify their adaptations to different environments 
      • Identify requirements for animal care 
      • Collect, display, and analyze data to solve problems
      • Use patterns to describe the world and to solve problems
      • Demonstrate an understanding of fractions less than or equal to one
      • Collect, display, and analyze data to solve problems
      • Use patterns to describe the world and to solve problems
      • Describe the living and nonliving components of a wetland ecosystem and the interactions within and among them 
      • Demonstrate an understanding of fractions less than or equal to one
      • Collect, display, and analyze data to solve problems 
      • Use patterns to describe the world and to solve problems
      • Describe characteristics of trees and the interaction of trees with other living things in the local environment 
      • Demonstrate an understanding of percent
      • Demonstrate an understanding of fractions less than or equal to one 
      • Collect, display, and analyze data to solve problems
      • Use patterns to describe the world and to solve problems

      Edu-Trek: Asia

      Grade: K-12
      Length: 60 Mins
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am, 11:15 am, 12:45 pm
      Maximum students: 30


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $225
                Apr-Jun: $280

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      PetroChina Canada

      Discover the spectacular animals that call Asia home while being toured by a knowledgeable conservation education interpreter. Our educators will outline curricular connections specific to your student’s level. On this walking safari, explore predator-prey relationships, social dynamics, adaptations for extreme environments, and human impacts. Animals observed may include Amur tigers, Malayan tapir, white-handed gibbons, red pandas, snow leopards, Japanese macaques, and Bactrian camels.  

       

      Edu-Trek: Africa

      Grade: K-12
      Length: 75 Mins
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am, 12:00 pm
      Maximum students: 30


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $225

      Observe the unique animals of the African savannah and rainforest while being toured by a knowledgeable conservation education interpreter. Our educators will outline curricular connections specific to your student’s level. Topics may include predator-prey relationships, adaptations, conservation efforts and so much more. Species observed may include meerkat, hippopotamus, giraffe, lion, zebra, lemur, Malagasy boas, dwarf crocodiles, black & white colobus monkeys, western lowland gorilla.  

       

      Edu-Trek: Plant Safari

      Grade: K-12
      Length: 60 Mins
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am, 12:00 pm
      Maximum students: 30


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $225
                Apr-Jun: $280

      There are a variety of plants that grow in natural harmony here, they each play a role in supporting our healthy environment and ecosystem. As students are guided through the ENMAX Conservatory by one of our conservation educators they will discover the unique qualities of all plants and how their growth can impact sustainability in our world. Students will reflect on the question, “how can we grow and farm plants in a sustainable way?” as they journey though our gardens.

       

    • Secondary Programs

      Biomes

      Grade: 10-12
      Length: 4 Hrs
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am
      Maximum students: 37


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $350
                Apr: $360

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Students will analyze three distinctive biomes: tropical rainforest, grassland, and ocean. Throughout the day we will be reflecting on the question “how does our understanding of biomes help us to better predict and evaluate the risks of climate change and human impact on ecosystems?”. By measuring the ambient conditions and exploring the animals and plants that are present in the Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo’s TransAlta Rainforest, Savannah, and Penguin Plunge buildings, students will understand how climate affects life in specific regions. 

      Curricular Connections
      • Describe a biome as an open system in terms of input and output of energy and matter and exchanges at its boundaries 
      • Relate the characteristics of two major biomes to net radiant energy, climatic factors, and topography 
      • Analyze the climatographs of two major biomes and explain why biomes with similar characteristics can exist in different Geographical locations, latitudes, and altitudes 
      • Use instruments, effectively and accurately, to collect data 
      • Compile and display, by hand or computer, evidence, and information in a variety of formats, including diagrams, flow charts, tables, graphs, and scatterplots 
      • Identify the potential effects of climate change on environmentally sensitive biomes 
      • Assess, from a variety of perspectives, the risks and benefits of human activity, and its impact on the biosphere and the climate 
      • Explain how climate affects the lives of people and other species, and explain the need to investigate climate change

      Burrowing in with burrowing owls

      Grade: 7-8
      Length: 90 minutes
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am, 12:00 pm
      Maximum students: 32


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $225
                Apr - June: $280


       

      The burrowing owl is a unique grassland species, whose Canadian population has declined by 90% since the 1990s. The owl is listed as Endangered due to several threats that result in high juvenile mortality and low migration return rates. Through a variety of hands-on activities, we will learn about the burrowing owls' habitat, diet, and head-starting project that the Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo has devised to recover burrowing owl populations. Students will reflect on the question “how can we improve our environment for burrowing owls and ourselves?” while acting as 'conservation researchers' for a day to learn some of the conservation techniques that are involved in saving this species from extinction.  

      Curricular Connections
      • Investigate and describe relationships between humans and their environments, and identify related issues and scientific questions 
      • Monitor a local environment, and assess the impacts of environmental factors on growth, health and reproduction of organisms in that environment
      • Investigate living things and identify and apply scientific ideas used to interpret their general structure, function and organization
      • Collect, display, and analyze data to solve problems
      • Use patterns to describe the world and to solve problems
      • Collect, display, and analyze data to solve problems
      • Demonstrate an understanding of percent
      • Demonstrate an understanding of fractions less than or equal to one

      Conservation Science

      Grade: 10-12
      Length: 4 Hrs
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am
      Maximum students: 37


      Cost: Nov-Mar: $350
                Apr: $360

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      This program will have students examining the importance of wildlife conservation by utilizing the tools, strategies and research being completed by the conservation scientists of our very own programs here in Alberta and abroad. They will further investigate how we can engage with communities to create meaningful, lasting wildlife conservation as they reflect on the question, "How might we create action that will preserve wildlife and ecosystems?"

      Curricular Connections
      •  Analyze plants as an example of a multicellular organism with specialized structures at the cellular, tissue and system levels 
      • Relate climate to the characteristics of the world’s major biomes, and compare biomes in different regions of the world 
      • Relate photosynthesis to storage of energy in organic compounds
      • Explain the role of cellular respiration in releasing potential energy from organic compounds 
      • Describe, in general terms, the structure and function of plant and animal cell parts; and trace the development of the cell theory 
      • describe a community as a composite of populations in which individuals contribute to a gene pool that can change over time
      • list and explain the requirements of photosynthesis as carbon dioxide, water, chlorophyll in chloroplasts and sunlight; and list and explain the products as oxygen and glucose 
      • Competencies 
        • Demonstrate sensitivity and responsibility in pursuing a balance between the needs of humans and a sustainable environment 
        • work collaboratively in planning and carrying out investigations and in generating and evaluating ideas 
        • seek and apply evidence when evaluating alternative approaches to investigations, problems, and issues 
        • formulate questions about observed relationships and plan investigations of questions, ideas, problems, and issues 
        • analyze data and apply mathematical and conceptual models to develop and assess possible solutions 
        • show interest in science-related questions and issues and confidently pursue personal interest and career possibilities within science-related field 
        • appreciate that scientific understanding evolves from the interaction of ideas involving people with different views and backgrounds 
        • show concern for safety in planning, carrying out and reviewing activities with reference to WHMIS and consumer product labelling information 

      Interactions and Ecosystems

      Grade: 7
      Length: 4 Hrs
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am
      Maximum students: 37


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $350
                Apr: $360

       

       

       

       

       

       

      From the tiniest puddle to the highest mountain range, our world is full of ecosystems in which plants and animals interact and survive together. In this fascinating program students will explore the impact of organisms becoming endangered or going extinct. Investigating how the Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo contributes to wildlife conservation, students will work towards answering the question “how might we reduce our impact on natural habitats so that we can maintain healthy ecosystems?” 

      Curricular Connections
      • Analyze an ecosystem to identify biotic and abiotic components, and describe interactions among these components 
      • Analyze ecosystems to identify producers, consumers, and decomposers; and describe how energy is supplied to and flows through a food web 
      • Investigate a variety of habitats, and describe and interpret distribution patterns of living things found in those habitats 
      • Investigate and interpret evidence of interaction and change  
      • Identify examples of human impacts on ecosystems, and investigate and analyze the link between these impacts and the human wants and needs that give rise to them 
      • Identify intended and unintended consequences of human activities within local and global environments 
      • Describe examples of interaction and interdependency within an ecosystem 
      • Identify signs of ecological succession in local ecosystems 

      Freshwater and Saltwater Systems

      Grade: 8
      Length: 4 Hrs
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am
      Maximum students: 37


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $350
                Apr: $360

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Students will explore the relationship between water quality and living things, learn about the biofilter systems that keep our animals happy and even do some water testing. Students will discover the importance of water and its global distribution through small group activities. Water conservation strategies will be uncovered as students reflect on the question “how can we ensure clean water for generations to come?”. 

      Curricular Connections
      • Describe the distribution and characteristics of water in local and global environments, and identify the significance of water supply and quality to the needs of humans and other living things 
      • Investigate and interpret linkages among landforms, water, and climate 
      • Analyze human impacts on aquatic systems; and identify the roles of science and technology in addressing related questions, problems, and issues 
      • Identify current practices and technologies that affect water quality, evaluate environmental costs and benefits, and identify and evaluate alternatives 
      • Illustrate the role of scientific research in monitoring environments and supporting development of appropriate environmental technologies 
      • Provide examples of problems that cannot be solved using scientific and technological knowledge alone 
      • Identify major factors used in determining if water is potable, and describe and demonstrate tests of water quality 
      • Recognize that fresh water and salt water contain varying amounts of dissolved materials, particulates, and biological components; and interpret information on these component materials 
      • Analyze relationships between water quality and living things, and infer the quality of water based on the diversity of life supported by it 

      Biodiversity

      Grade: 9
      Length: 4 Hrs
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am
      Maximum students: 37


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $350
                Apr: $360

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Students will be investigating three different levels of biodiversity: genetic diversity, species diversity, and ecosystem diversity. As students explore the nature of reproduction, we’ll learn about the mating behaviours of some of our resident animals and examine how animals preserve biodiversity within their species. Students will learn how researchers apply this knowledge to the Species Survival Plan initiative as well as discover the science behind other captive breeding programs. Throughout the day students will reflect on the question “how does understanding reproduction and genes influence how the Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo can protect and conserve wildlife both under human care and in the wild?” 

      Curricular Connections
      • Identify impacts of human action on species survival and variation within species, and analyze related issues for personal and public decision making 
      • Investigate and interpret diversity among species and within species, and describe how diversity contributes to species survival 
      • Identify the role of variation in species survival under changing environmental conditions 
      • Evaluate the success and limitations of various local and global strategies for minimizing loss of species diversity 
      • Observe variation in living things, and describe examples of variation among species and within species 
      • Describe ongoing changes in biological diversity through extinction and extirpation of native species, and investigate the role of environmental factors in causing these changes 
      • Identify examples of niches, and describe the role of variation in enabling closely related living things to survive in the same ecosystem 

      Changes

      Grade: 11
      Length: 4 Hrs
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am
      Maximum students: 37


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $350
                Apr: $360

       

       

       

       

       

      The concepts of adaptation, classification, evolution, and speciation are brought to life through the observation of primates, the comparison of skulls and a couple of games. Students will examine what makes humans unique from primates through investigation of the question “how does our understanding of evolution and the theories associated allow us to better understand and protect species today?”. Students will also learn how researchers and animal care staff use the information gained to help them further support conservation science. 

      Curricular Connections
      • Explain how limiting factors influence organism distribution and range 
      • Explain that variability in a species results from heritable mutations and that some mutations may have a selective advantage 
      • Explain speciation and the conditions required for this process  
      • Explain how limiting factors influence organism distribution and range 
      • Describe modern evolutionary theories, i.e., punctuated equilibrium, gradualism 
      • Analyze data, actual or simulated, on plants and animals to demonstrate how morphology changes over time 
      • Summarize and describe lines of evidence to support the evolution of modern species from ancestral forms 

      KEYERA BIOLOGY 30, POPULATION AND COMMUNITY DYNAMICS

      Grade: 12
      Length: 4 Hrs
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am
      Maximum students: 37


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $350
                Apr: $360

       

       

       

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      Keyera Logo

      Conservation is the primary focus, drawing on important concepts such as biological and genetic diversity to better understand this complicated process. While observing some of our animals, students will discuss key terms and explore population management strategies. The students will examine the many challenges we face in conservation work by reflecting on the question “how should endangered species conservation be prioritized?” and apply what they have learned in class to finding solutions. 

      Curricular Connections
      • Explain the basic rules and processes associated with the transmission of genetic characteristics 
      • Explain classical genetics at the molecular level 
      • Describe a community as a composite of populations in which individuals contribute to a gene pool that can change over time 
      • Explain the interaction of individuals in a population with one another and with members of other populations 
      • Explain, in quantitative terms, the change in populations over time

      Edu-Trek: Asia

      Grade: K-12
      Length: 60 Mins
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am, 11:15 am, 12:45 pm
      Maximum students: 30


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $225
                Apr-Jun: $280

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      PetroChina Canada

      Discover the spectacular animals that call Asia home while being toured by a knowledgeable conservation education interpreter. Our educators will outline curricular connections specific to your student’s level. On this walking safari, explore predator-prey relationships, social dynamics, adaptations for extreme environments, and human impacts. Animals observed may include Amur tigers, Malayan tapir, white-handed gibbons, red pandas, snow leopards, Japanese macaques, and Bactrian camels.  

       

      Edu-Trek: Africa

      Grade: K-12
      Length: 75 Mins
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am, 12:00 pm
      Maximum students: 30


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $225

      Observe the unique animals of the African savannah and rainforest while being toured by a knowledgeable conservation education interpreter. Our educators will outline curricular connections specific to your student’s level. Topics may include predator-prey relationships, adaptations, conservation efforts and so much more. Species observed may include meerkat, hippopotamus, giraffe, lion, zebra, lemur, Malagasy boas, dwarf crocodiles, black & white colobus monkeys, western lowland gorilla.  

       

      Edu-Trek: Plant Safari

      Grade: K-12
      Length: 60 Mins
      On-site program times:       
           10:00 am, 12:00 pm
      Maximum students: 30


      Cost: Sept-Mar: $225
                Apr-Jun: $280

      There are a variety of plants that grow in natural harmony here, they each play a role in supporting our healthy environment and ecosystem. As students are guided through the ENMAX Conservatory by one of our conservation educators they will discover the unique qualities of all plants and how their growth can impact sustainability in our world. Students will reflect on the question, “how can we grow and farm plants in a sustainable way?” as they journey though our gardens.

         
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    IN SCHOOL PROGRAM INFORMATION

    The zoo is going back to school! Armed with hands-on artefacts, interactive lesson plans and topical tour footage, our educators can deliver select programs in-school for grades k-12.

    Program Information:

    • In school programs are available to be booked Mondays from December through February.
    • Out of town mileage surcharge will be applied to schools outside of Calgary city limits.
    • Elementary programs default booking is full day (3 consecutive programs offered at one location on the same day). For half-day (2 consecutive programs offered at one location on the same day), select your program and date and note this preference on your booking form. 
    • Secondary programs (Biodiversity, Interactions and Ecosystems) default booking is in pairs with two classes receiving concurrent programs at one location on the same day. For one class only, select your program and date and note this preference on your booking form.
    • Bio 30 is only offered for a single class at a time on any given day. 
    • Elementary Programs

      Bear Necessities

      Grade: K-3
      Length: 60 Mins
      Available days:       
           Dec-Feb: Mon
      Maximum students: 27


      Cost: Dec-Feb: $500 (2 programs)
                                $575 (3 programs)

       

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      Rodin Law Firm

      How does a wild bear find food, water and shelter? Using their senses and detective skills, students figure out how bears meet their needs, and what we can all do to help them. This lively program involves interactive role-playing and costumes.

      Curricular Connections
      • Demonstrate curiosity, interest and a willingness to learn about the environment and community
      • Describe living things, and identify needs of those living things
      • Describe the appearances and life cycles of some common animals, and identify their adaptations to different environments
      • Identify requirements for animal care

      Penguin Palooza

      Grade: K-3
      Length: 60 Mins
      Available days:       
           Dec-Feb: Mon
      Maximum students: 27


      Cost: Dec-Feb: $500 (2 programs)
                                $575 (3 programs)

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      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. 

      Curricular Connections
      • Describe some common living things and identify the needs of those living things 
      • Evaluate appropriateness of various materials to the construction of watercraft 
      • 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 
      • Describe 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 

      The One and Only Ivan

      Grade: 3-6
      Length: 60 Mins
      Available days:       
           Dec-Feb: Mon
      Maximum students: 32


      Cost: Dec-Feb: $500 (2 programs)
                                $575 (3 programs)

       

       

       

       

      Inspired by the novel “The One and Only Ivan” by K.A. Applegate, this program compares the life of Ivan from the story to our gorilla troop here at the Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo. We will guide students through the process of analyzing the question “what is the purpose of the Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo?” through initial brainstorming, thoughtful discussion, and observation of our gorilla troop and habitat. 

      **Students should be familiar with the story of Ivan. Ideally classes have competed the novel, the short story book, or have watched the film. This program contains spoilers! 

      Curricular Connections
      • Express ideas and develop understanding
      • Use prior knowledge
      • Examine the social, cultural, and linguistic characteristics that affect quality of life in communities in other parts of the world
      • Describe the appearances and life cycles of some common animals, and identify their adaptations to different environments 
      • Experience various texts and relate texts to culture

       

    • Secondary Programs

      Interactions and Ecosystems

      Grade: 7
      Length: 3 Hrs
      Available days:       
           Dec-Feb: Mon
      Maximum students: 37


      Cost: Dec-Feb: $350 (1 program)
                                $600 (2 programs)

       

       

       

       

       

       

      From the tiniest puddle to the highest mountain range, our world is full of ecosystems in which plants and animals interact and survive together. In this fascinating program students will explore the impact of organisms becoming endangered or going extinct. Investigating how the Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo contributes to wildlife conservation, students will work towards answering the question “how might we reduce our impact on natural habitats so that we can maintain healthy ecosystems?” 

      Curricular Connections
      • Analyze an ecosystem to identify biotic and abiotic components, and describe interactions among these components 
      • Analyze ecosystems to identify producers, consumers, and decomposers; and describe how energy is supplied to and flows through a food web 
      • Investigate a variety of habitats, and describe and interpret distribution patterns of living things found in those habitats 
      • Investigate and interpret evidence of interaction and change  
      • Identify examples of human impacts on ecosystems, and investigate and analyze the link between these impacts and the human wants and needs that give rise to them 
      • Identify intended and unintended consequences of human activities within local and global environments 
      • Describe examples of interaction and interdependency within an ecosystem 
      • Identify signs of ecological succession in local ecosystems 

      Biodiversity

      Grade: 9
      Length: 3 Hrs
      Available days:       
           Dec-Feb: Mon
      Maximum students: 37


      Cost: Dec-Feb: $350 (1 program)
                                $600 (2 programs)

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Students will be investigating three different levels of biodiversity: genetic diversity, species diversity, and ecosystem diversity. As students explore the nature of reproduction, we’ll learn about the mating behaviours of some of our resident animals and examine how animals preserve biodiversity within their species. Students will learn how researchers apply this knowledge to the Species Survival Plan initiative as well as discover the science behind other captive breeding programs. Throughout the day students will reflect on the question “how does understanding reproduction and genes influence how the Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo can protect and conserve wildlife both under human care and in the wild?” 

      Curricular Connections
      • Identify impacts of human action on species survival and variation within species, and analyze related issues for personal and public decision making 
      • Investigate and interpret diversity among species and within species, and describe how diversity contributes to species survival 
      • Identify the role of variation in species survival under changing environmental conditions 
      • Evaluate the success and limitations of various local and global strategies for minimizing loss of species diversity 
      • Observe variation in living things, and describe examples of variation among species and within species 
      • Describe ongoing changes in biological diversity through extinction and extirpation of native species, and investigate the role of environmental factors in causing these changes 
      • Identify examples of niches, and describe the role of variation in enabling closely related living things to survive in the same ecosystem 

      KEYERA BIOLOGY 30, POPULATION AND COMMUNITY DYNAMICS

      Grade: 12
      Length: 3 Hrs
      Available days:       
           Dec-Feb: Mon
      Maximum students: 37


      Cost: Dec-Feb: $350 (1 program)

       

       

       

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      Conservation is the primary focus, drawing on important concepts such as biological and genetic diversity to better understand this complicated process. While observing some of our animals, students will discuss key terms and explore population management strategies. The students will examine the many challenges we face in conservation work by reflecting on the question “how should endangered species conservation be prioritized?” and apply what they have learned in class to finding solutions. 

      Curricular Connections
      • Explain the basic rules and processes associated with the transmission of genetic characteristics 
      • Explain classical genetics at the molecular level 
      • Describe a community as a composite of populations in which individuals contribute to a gene pool that can change over time 
      • Explain the interaction of individuals in a population with one another and with members of other populations 
      • Explain, in quantitative terms, the change in populations over time

       

    Virtual Safari Program Information

    Join one of our dynamic conservation educators for an engaging virtual exploration of our zoo. Meet our amazing animal and plant colleagues from the region of your choice. And be sure to bring your curiosity because we love questions! 3 themes to choose from.

    Length: Up to 60 minutes
    Curriculum Connections: K-12, Variable based on grade. Please let us know what you'd like to focus on.
    Program Fees: $125
    Availability: December 2022 - February 2023 - Fridays 9 am, 10:30 am, 1:00 pm
    By request September 2022 - March 2023
    Capacity: Maximum 37

    • Virtual Sarari Themes

      Penguins Virtual Safari Come nose to beak with the super cool inhabitants of the indoor and outdoor areas of our Penguin Plunge building. Penguin species may include: Northern & Southern rockhopper, Humboldt, Gentoo and King. Grades: K-12

      Africa Virtual Safari Investigate the unique animals of the African savannah and rainforest. Species observed may include: meerkat, hippopotamus, giraffe, lion, zebra, lemur, Malagasy boas, dwarf crocodiles, black & white colobus monkeys, western lowland gorilla. Grades: K-12

      Asia Virtual Safari Discover the spectacular animals that call Eurasia home. Animals observed may include: white-handed gibbons, Malayan tapir, Japanese macaque, Japanese serow, markhor, Amur tiger, wild boar, red panda, snow leopard, Bactrian camel. Grades: K-12

    THE VERMILION ENERGY EMPTY BACKPACK PROGRAM
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    The Vermilion Energy Empty Backpack program ensures all students in Calgary have the chance to experience the zoo's unique education programs. This fund subsidizes program fees and bussing for eligible equity schools. 

    For 2022-2023 we have funding available for grades K-6 to participate. Inquire at the time of booking for more details on how your students can benefit from this opportunity for on-site, in-school or virtual programming.