Here's what others have said about our virtual experiences:

"Our virtual safari was absolutely fabulous! The students said it was like they were actually at the zoo! The educator was engaging, the information was terrific and the students loved to hear their questions being answered. I have had several parents tell me that their child went home and told them all about our penguin chat and now they want to go to the zoo as a family! My administration was also impressed with the use of technology and critical thinking by the students that was shown." ~Kindergarten educator

*Also great for non-school groups, home school groups, seniors groups, community groups, groups of friends/colleagues, etc.!


Virtual Safari

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! 5 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.
Times: Monday to Friday: 9 am, 10:30 am, 1:00 pm
Program Fees: $125
Capacity: Maximum 37 

  • Virtual Safari 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

    Canadian Wilds Virtual Safari Explore the amazing animals that inhabit the wilds around us. Species observed may include: bighorn sheep, mountain goats, woodland caribou, wood bison, whooping crane, grey wolf, grizzly bear, black bear, cougar. 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

    Rodin Law Bear Necessities Virtual School Program How does a wild bear find food, water and shelter? It's a simple bear necessity! Discover how bears meet their needs and how humans fit into the story of Canada's bears. (Recommended for grades K-8 / Curriculum connections: K-2 and 4-6) 



Virtual Voyage

Join two of our dynamic conservation educators on a voyage around our zoo that combines presentation-style delivery with live tour and animal encounters. Designed to enhance your learning outcomes, these virtual experiences make unique connections throughout various parts of the zoo.  4 themes to choose from at 2 levels (Level I best for 1-3, Level II best for Grades 4-6). 

Length: Up to 75 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Grades 1-6; see descriptions for details
Times:  Monday AND Friday: 9 am, 10:45 am, 12:45 pm
Program Fees: $225
Capacity: Maximum 37 

  • Virtual Voyage Themes

    Life Finds a Way Explore some of the amazing adaptations that living things have evolved in order to meet their needs, including the unique physical and behavioural ways they survive in changing seasons and in habitats such as Arctic/Antarctica, deserts, wetlands, and forests. Grades 1-6
    Outcomes enhanced by the program: 
    Grade 1: B. Seasonal Changes 1-6.2  D. Senses 1-10.5  E. Needs of Animals & Plants 1-11.1, 4, 6, 7 & 9
    Grade 2: D. Hot & Cold Temperature 2-9.9  E. Small Crawling & Flying Animals 2-10.3 & 6
    Grade 3: E. Animal Life Cycles 3-10.6, 7 & 9
    Grade 4: E. Plant & Growth Changes 4-10.11
    Grade 5: E. Wetland Ecosystems 5-10.2
    Grade 6: A. Air & Aerodynamics 6-5.5 & 6  E. Trees & Forests 6-10.1 & 2

    Tapestry of Life Investigate the intricate interactions of our planet and consider the important role and impact each individual (including you!) has in our communities, food webs, and ecosystems. Grades 1-6
    Outcomes enhanced by the program: 
    Grade 1: E. Needs of Animals & Plants 1-11.2, 3, 8 & 10
    Grade 2: E. Small Crawling & Flying Animals 2-10.4, 5 & 8
    Grade 3: E. Animal Life Cycles 3-10.4 & 9
    Grade 4: A. Waste & Our World 4-5.1, 2, 7 & 11  E. Plant & Growth Changes 4-10.1
    Grade 5: D. Weather Watch 5-9.12  E. Wetland Ecosystems 5-10.2, 5, 6, 9 &10
    Grade 6: E. Trees & Forests 6-10.1, 3 & 9

    Wildlife & Wild Places Celebrate the beautiful biodiversity of our planet and get inspired by how and why the Calgary Zoo is working so hard to conserve species at risk of extinction in Canada and beyond. Grades 1-6 
    Outcomes enhanced by the program:  
    Attitude Outcome: Demonstrate positive attitudes for the study of science and for the application of science in responsible ways: respect for living things and environments, and commitment for their care.
    Grade 1: E. Needs of Animals & Plants 1-11.1 & 3
    Grade 2: E. Small Crawling & Flying Animals 2-10.1 & 2
    Grade 3: E. Animal Life Cycles 3-10.1, 8 & 9  Social Studies 3.2.2 Environmental concerns and organizations
    Grade 4: A. Waste & Our World 4-5.11
    Grade 5: E. Wetland Ecosystems 5-10.10  Social Studies 5.1.3 How are natural resources conserved in Canada?
    Grade 6: E. Trees & Forests 6-10.4

    Caring for Animals Explore animal welfare and how we care for our zoo residents and provide for their needs. Examines a variety of lifecycles. Grades 1-5
    Outcomes enhanced by the program: 
    Grade 1: B. Seasonal Changes 1-6.2  E. Needs of Animals & Plants 1-11.6 & 7
    Grade 2: E. Small Crawling & Flying Animals 2-10.3 & 7
    Grade 3: E. Animal Life Cycles 3-10.2, 3, 5 & 6, 3-11.10
    Grade 4: E. Plant Growth & Changes 5-10.4 & 7
    Grade 5: E. Wetland Ecosystems 5-10.3 


Virtual School Programs

Join our team as we deliver a condensed online program of our most popular themes. Classes will engage in a virtual classroom session and a tour of specific program related species on Zoo grounds.  

Length: 60 minutes
Times: Monday to Friday: 9 am, 10:30 am, 1:00 pm
Program Fees: $125
Capacity: Maximum 37  

  • Virtual School Programs

    Interactions and Ecosystems Virtual School Program

    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 we'll look at how tiny changes can have profound effects on entire ecosystems, and the role that humans play in influencing the world around them. (Recommended for grades 6-9 / Curriculum connections 7)

    Curricular Outcomes enhanced by the program:

    Aligned with Grade 7 Science Unit A: Interactions & Ecosystems, outcomes 1-2, 4 + Stewardship Attitude
    Can enhance any grade 5-9 unit/project on exploring conservation, human impacts on nature, and the interconnections between living things

    Biodiversity Matters Virtual School Program

    Explore the beautiful diversity of the world around us. Investigating adaptations in animal species and visiting one of the most diverse groups of animals - the birds. We will examine why biodiversity is so important for the planet and how we are working hard to ensure species don't go extinct. (Recommended for grades 7-12/ Curriculum connections 7-9)

    Curricular Outcomes enhanced by the program:

    Aligned with Grade 9 Science Unit A: Biological Diversity, outcomes 1-4 + Stewardship Attitude
    Can enhance any grade 7-12 unit/project on exploring and appreciating biodiversity

To Book a Program

Programs must be booked by the Friday two weeks before your program date.
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The Vermilion Energy Empty Backpack program ensures vulnerable students in Calgary have the chance to experience the zoo’s unique education programs. For 2021-2022 we have two streams of funding available to allow grades K-12 from equity schools to participate. Inquire at the time of booking for more details on how your students can benefit from this opportunity.


Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our FAQs for answers to common questions about our virtual programming.

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