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TEKS focused curriculum classes
(Available year round except during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Holidays)

Zoo Education staff and volunteers present 45 minute, TEKS-focused, curriculum-based programs onsite at the zoo or offsite at your school. Classes are available by request using the online reservation form available at www.elpasozoo.org. All classes are fun, interactive learning experiences with opportunities for encounters with our education animals and animal biofacts. Classes include programs designed for a wide variety of groups including students coming on field trips, scout groups and religious groups. Reserve your date at least three weeks in advance, although the Zoo will arrange for these programs on short notice when scheduling permits and resources are available. View the list below to see the many program options. If you do not see the program you want, or are working on a specific content area in your classroom, contact the Zoo Adventure Education Specialist Office, Cheyenne Garcia at garciacc@elpasotexas.gov
or Antonia Alvarado at alvaradoax@elpasotexas.gov
(915) 521-1894 to discuss more options.

At the Zoo:
Adding a Zoo Adventure Program to your field trip provides your group with an interactive 45 minute classroom program, scavenger hunt and a scheduled day at the Zoo including scheduled animal encounter programs. When coming to the Zoo there may be up to 25 students per session at $3 per student (100 students per day). The minimum class size is 20. Smaller class sizes can be accommodated at any size for $60. Zoo admission fees are extra at $5 per student and $7.50 per chaperone (1 chaperone for every 10 students at group rate). For an on site program at the Zoo with a field trip fill out a group registration form here: At Zoo Registration

Offsite at your school:
There may be up to 40 students per session. Cost for the first 30-60 minute program is $110. Cost for second and or third additional programs scheduled within 15-30 minutes on the same day and at the same location are $70 per program. The maximum time we can spend at your school is 3 hours. Please provide a screen or wall for projected images and a climate controlled room for the presentation that is between 70-75 degrees F for the safety of the animals.
To Register for an off site program at your school use this registration form:
Off site (at school) Registration

For most programs students will get an up close look at some of our educational animals and biofacts. Animals in our education collection include reptiles (snakes, tortoises and other reptiles), birds (parrots), invertebrates (venomous and non venomous) and mammals (chinchilla, hedgehog, ferret and other mammals). For animal safety reasons we cannot guarantee any individual animal or class of animals. Please note that like people, animals sometimes have a bad day or are sick and on these days some animals may not be available. There may be an option for participants to touch an educational animal depending on group size and age.

Animal Wrappers Day Care, Head Start, Pre-K-3
All About Water Grades K-3
Our World Our Friend Grades K-12
Animals the Chihuahuan Desert Grades 3-12
Career AdventureGrades 4-12
Career Vet DayGrades 9-12
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Animal Wrappers
Target Age: Day Care, Head Start, Pre-K-3
Your students will discover the different covering of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Plus, how they help the animals survive in their habitats. Biofacts and live education animal ambassadors will be presented.
At Zoo Registration Form Off site (at school) Registration Form

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All about Water
Target Age: Grades K-3
This interactive lesson will help students understand water sources in El Paso and why it is a limited resource that needs to be conserved. Live education animals with water adaptations reinforce the importance of water. Presented in conjunction with the El Paso Water Utilities.
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Our World Our Friend
Grades K-12
The importance of biodiversity. How are our everyday lives affecting animals and plants around the world? They will discover how the choices we make each day affect the world around us. Biofacts and live education animal ambassadors will be presented.
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Animals of the Chihuahuan Desert
Grades 3-12
Students will learn about Chihuahuan Desert animals and plants, and adaptations of how they survive in our desert. Students will discover the uniqueness and diversity of the Chihuahuan Desert. Live education animals and biofacts presented.
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Career Adventure
Grades 4-12
Inspire students to get involved in science and math careers at a zoo or connected to a zoo. Learn more about jobs kids are curious about such as zookeeper, exotic animal vets, vet techs and then bring to life all the opportunities available such as animal curators, education staff, conservation staff, wildlife research, zoo director, marketing, architecture, and many more! Students are engaged with live educational animals and biofacts during the 45 minute presentation.
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Career Vet Day
Target Age: Grades 9-12 Give your pre-health professions students an inside look at exotic animal veterinary medicine. This is a great opportunity for your students to better understand the challenges our veterinarians overcome daily. This program is from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. The Career Vet Day is $20 per participant and a maximum of two participants a day.
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Our mission is to celebrate the value of animals and natural resources and to create opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature.