The following programs can be offered upon request from September through April. Programs include hands-on / interactive components, live animals, biofacts, activities, demonstrations, and discussions. The number of live animals used in each program varies based on program length. Program prices vary based on program set-up and materials.

CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

Grades 4-8
Program length: 45 minutes
Fee: $75 (ZMD $60)
Special Request Program Offered September through April

What are the benefits for some animals to be nocturnal? Why do fireflies flash, and how does mimicry play a role for their survival? Rodents, owls, snakes and other animals have special adaptations for their nocturnal lifestyles. In this program, students will be engaged in demonstrations and activities focusing on these nocturnal adaptations and more. Animal contact will round out this program.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: IV-1A (4th) a, 3C (4th) b,c, (6th) a,b

INSECTS

Grades 4-8
Program length: 45 minutes
Fee: $75 (ZMD $60)
Special Request Program Offered September through April

There are more insects on earth than any other group of animals. Utilizing dissecting scopes and magnifiers, students will study four major orders of insects using live animals and mounted specimens. This program will also focus on the benefits of insects in our everyday life.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III–1E (5th) a,e

INVERTEBRATES: SPINELESS WONDERS

Grades 4-8
Program length: 90 minutes
Fee: $130 (ZMD $105)
Special Request Program Offered September through April

Did you know that more than 95% of all living animals do not have backbones? This hands-on class features opportunities to investigate internal and external characteristics of several invertebrate phyla. An inquiry classification activity and squid dissection lab are the highlights of this program.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III–1E (5th) a,c

MAMMALS AND BIRDS

Grades 4-8
Program length: 45 minutes
Fee: $75 (ZMD $60)
Special Request Program Offered September through April

Learn about the two groups of endothermic vertebrates: mammals and birds. In this class, students will review mammal and bird characteristics while studying live examples of each group. A comparative lab along with live animals and biofacts will emphasize and support understanding of these two groups.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III–1E (5th) a, d, (8th) a

REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS

Grades 4-8
Program length: 45 minutes
Fee: $75 (ZMD $60)
Special Request Program Offered September through April

Learn about two groups of ectothermic vertebrates: reptiles and amphibians. Students will discover their unique characteristics while studying live examples of each group. A comparative lab along with live animals and biofacts will emphasize and support understanding of these two groups.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III–1E (5th) a, d, (8th) a

TROPICAL RAINFORESTS

Grades 4-8
Program length: 45 minutes
Fee: $75 (ZMD $60)
Special Request Program Offered September through April

Did you know that 75% of all plants and animals can be found in the rainforests? In this class, students will meet animals from the different layers, and gain insights on why rainforests need to be protected. Students will work collaboratively to simulate a rainforest ecosystem, and learn the importance of this diverse biome.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: IV–1A (4th) a,b, 1B (6th) a,b,c, 1D (6th) a,b,c

THE HIDDEN ANIMAL WORLD

Grades 5-8
Program length: 90 minutes
Fee: $130 (ZMD $105)
Special Request Program Offered September through April

Using dissecting microscopes, students will discover the invisible realm of the animal kingdom. Biofacts and other preserved specimens will be examined to learn about animal adaptations and lifestyles. In this class, students will meet live animals and learn how scientists use microscopes.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III-1D (5th) a, 1E (5th) c, d; IV-3C (6th) a,b; VII-1B (5-8th) c, 1C (5-8th) a,b, 1E (5-8th) a

EVOLUTION INQUIRY

Grades 7-12
Program length: 90 minutes
Fee: $130 (ZMD $105)
Special Request Program Offered September through April

In this inquiry lab, students will visit stations to explore live animals and animal materials that provide us with examples of evolution. Through guided discussion of their observations, students will be introduced to a variety of topics, including fossils, the theory of natural selection, convergent and divergent evolution, vestigial limbs and domestication. This program is designed as a learning cycle and includes pre- and post-visit activities.
Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III-1D (8th) a
Missouri Biology Course Level Expectations: IV-3A b, 3C a, b, c