ANIMAL WEAPONRY

Grades 4-8
Program length: 45 minutes
Fee: $70 (ZMD $55)
Offered September through May

Many animals are equipped with effective natural weaponry to help them survive. Antlers, horns, tusks, fangs and hooves are examples of weapons discussed and demonstrated during this program.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: IV-1A (4th) a, 1B (6th) a, 3C (4th) b,c, (6th) a,b

CONSERVATION AT THE ZOO

Grades 4-8
Program length: 45 minutes
Fee: $70 (ZMD $55)
Offered September through May

Wildlife from all over the Earth faces survival challenges from habitat loss, pollution, introduced species, human overpopulation and other factors. Come learn about programs that the Saint Louis Zoo participates in, the Zoo's WildCare Institute, and what you and your students can start doing now to help save species! Use of biofacts and live animals will complete this class.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: IV–1A (4th) a,b, 1B (6th) b,c, 1D (6th) a, b, c, (8th) a

EARTH ECOLOGY

Grades 4-8
Program length: 45 minutes
Fee: $70 (ZMD $55)
Offered September through May

Come and discover the delicate balance that exists between all living things within the Earth's ecosystems. In this class, we will discuss the main ecological components and why their interactions are so important. Through hands-on activities and live animals, we will get an up-close look at what an ecologist's work can look like.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: IV-1A (4th) a,b, 1D (4th) a, 1A (6th) a, 1B (6th) a,b,c

INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

Grades 4-8
Program length: 45 minutes
Fee: $70 (ZMD $55)
Offered September through May

This introduction to animal behavior will help students learn how behavior is an adaptation, and how behavior studies are used in zoos. Students will complete a hands-on behavior exercise with arthropods, as well as discuss a variety of animal behaviors.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III-1A (6th) a; IV-1A (4th) a, 3C (4th) b,c, (6th) a,b

WEB OF LIFE

Grades 4-8
Program length: 45 minutes
Fee: $70 (ZMD $55)
Offered September through May

Students learn how predators, prey, plants, scavengers and decomposers are linked in an intricate web of energy and life. This introduction to energy cycles and food webs includes a discussion of animal dentition (teeth) to distinguish herbivores, omnivores and carnivores.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: IV–2A (4th) a,b,c, (6th) a