School Groups

Detroit Zoo - School Groups
Detroit Zoo - School Groups

 

Learning Labs

FEC-small-IMGP0205Detroit Zoo – Ford Education Center

Discover the Detroit Zoo, an extension of your classroom! The Ford Education Center is the heart of education opportunities that await you and your students. Our programs include inquiry and hands-on learning opportunities that support what students are already learning in their classrooms. Programs are offered year-round. Maximum group size is noted in the program descriptions.

BINZ exteriorBelle Isle Nature Center

The Belle Isle Nature Center provides year-round education, recreation and conservation opportunities for Detroit school children as well as other students, teachers, families and community groups throughout the tri-county area. A 1/8-mile interpretive nature trail has been developed as well as outdoor and indoor animal exhibits. Our field trip programs are FREE! Programs include a fallow deer feeding, a hands-on activity and/or biofact discovery time.

Belle Isle Nature Center Programs
  • School Groups / Field Trips
    • Group reservations must be made at least 30 days prior to your visit.
    • To make a reservation, please fill out the form below.
    • Please note that some days are not available due to special events or capacity limitations.
    • You will receive a confirmation statement with further instructions within one week from date received.

    The school group discount is only available during the traditional school year (after Labor Day through June 15, Monday – Friday).

    Pricing

    Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County
    (pre-payment required)
    Non-Tri-County
    Student – $6 Student – $8
    Adult – $6
    (includes chaperones and teachers)
    Adult – $8
    (includes chaperones and teachers)
    Parking: $8/car, $12/bus Parking: $8/car, $12/bus

    Unavailable Dates

    • Saturdays and Sundays
    • September 5 and 14
    • November 22
    • December 25
    Field Trip Registration Form
  • Ford Education Center Learning Labs

    Give your class a healthy dose of Vitamin Z!

    All programs require a minimum of 15 students. Programs are available at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted. For availability and/or booking, please call (248) 541-5717 ext. 3800.


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    Animal Size

    Audience: Pre-kindergarten to first grade
    Length: 45 minutes
    Cost: $50 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students and five chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations:  K.MD.A.1, K.MD.A.2

    How do you measure up?  Are you as tall as a tiger?  Do you have hands as big as a polar bear’s paws?  Students will use non-standard measurement to explore the amazing diversity of animal size.

    Animal Size

    Audience: Pre-kindergarten to first grade
    Length: 45 minutes
    Cost: $50 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students and five chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations:  K.MD.A.1, K.MD.A.2

    How do you measure up?  Are you as tall as a tiger?  Do you have hands as big as a polar bear’s paws?  Students will use non-standard measurement to explore the amazing diversity of animal size.


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    Animal Needs

    Audience: Pre-kindergarten to first grade
    Length: 60 minutes
    Cost: $65 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students and five chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: K-LS1-1, LS 1.C

    What do animals need to survive? How does the animal care staff meet the needs of the animals that live at the Detroit Zoo? This station-based program will explore the great care animals receive.

    Animal Needs

    Audience: Pre-kindergarten to first grade
    Length: 60 minutes
    Cost: $65 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students and five chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: K-LS1-1, LS 1.C

    What do animals need to survive? How does the animal care staff meet the needs of the animals that live at the Detroit Zoo? This station-based program will explore the great care animals receive.


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    Life Cycles

    Audience: Kindergarten to second grade
    Length: 60 minutes
    Cost: $65 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students and five chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: 1-LS1-2, LS1.B

    What does the life cycle of a butterfly look like up close? Station-based activities allow participants to explore and re-enact the life cycle of a butterfly.

    Life Cycles

    Audience: Kindergarten to second grade
    Length: 60 minutes
    Cost: $65 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students and five chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: 1-LS1-2, LS1.B

    What does the life cycle of a butterfly look like up close? Station-based activities allow participants to explore and re-enact the life cycle of a butterfly.


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    Conservation Project: Panamanian Golden Frogs

    Audience: Fourth to sixth grade
    Length: 60 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students and five chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: 5-PS3-1, 5-LS1-1, 5-ESS3-1, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS4-4

    Panamanian golden frogs have not been found in the wild in the last decade. Participants will take on the role of conservation scientists to see if they can discover what caused the population to vanish.

    Conservation Project: Panamanian Golden Frogs

    Audience: Fourth to sixth grade
    Length: 60 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students and five chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: 5-PS3-1, 5-LS1-1, 5-ESS3-1, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS4-4

    Panamanian golden frogs have not been found in the wild in the last decade. Participants will take on the role of conservation scientists to see if they can discover what caused the population to vanish.


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    Conservation Project: Wolves

    Audience: Fourth to sixth grade
    Length: 60 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students and five chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: 5-PS3-1, 5-LS1-1, 5-ESS3-1, MS-LS2-1,MS-LS4-4

    The wolf population on Isle Royale, an island located in Lake Superior, is collapsing. Participants will investigate potential causes of this population crisis and what the future for wolves on the island may include.

    Conservation Project: Wolves

    Audience: Fourth to sixth grade
    Length: 60 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students and five chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: 5-PS3-1, 5-LS1-1, 5-ESS3-1, MS-LS2-1,MS-LS4-4

    The wolf population on Isle Royale, an island located in Lake Superior, is collapsing. Participants will investigate potential causes of this population crisis and what the future for wolves on the island may include.


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    Zoo Careers

    Audience: Ninth to twelfth grade
    Length: 90 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students and five chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations:  Educational development – career exploration

    Discover the variety of career opportunities with the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS). DZS staff have a wide range of backgrounds, expertise and duties that span many professional fields.

    Zoo Careers

    Audience: Ninth to twelfth grade
    Length: 90 minutes
    Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students and five chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations:  Educational development – career exploration

    Discover the variety of career opportunities with the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS). DZS staff have a wide range of backgrounds, expertise and duties that span many professional fields.


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    Wildlife Forensics

    Audience: Ninth to twelfth grade (Recommended for anatomy and physiology courses)
    Length: 60 minutes
    Cost: $65 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students and five chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: Science and engineering – planning and carrying out investigations and engaging in argument from evidence

    Participants will take on the role of a wildlife forensics specialist and have an opportunity to excavate a disarticulated (replica) skeleton. They will use problem-solving skills to uncover what caused the animal’s death.

    Wildlife Forensics

    Audience: Ninth to twelfth grade (Recommended for anatomy and physiology courses)
    Length: 60 minutes
    Cost: $65 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students and five chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: Science and engineering – planning and carrying out investigations and engaging in argument from evidence

    Participants will take on the role of a wildlife forensics specialist and have an opportunity to excavate a disarticulated (replica) skeleton. They will use problem-solving skills to uncover what caused the animal’s death.


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    Animal Behavior

    Audience: Ninth to twelfth grade (Recommended for biology courses)
    Length: 60 minute
    Cost: $65 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students and five chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: Science and engineering – asking questions, defining problems and analyzing and interpreting data

    Participants will explore what animal behavior scientists do at the Detroit Zoo. They will develop investigable questions and conduct their own mini animal behavior study.

    Animal Behavior

    Audience: Ninth to twelfth grade (Recommended for biology courses)
    Length: 60 minute
    Cost: $65 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students and five chaperones)
    Curriculum Correlations: Science and engineering – asking questions, defining problems and analyzing and interpreting data

    Participants will explore what animal behavior scientists do at the Detroit Zoo. They will develop investigable questions and conduct their own mini animal behavior study.

  • Donor-funded Day at the Zoo Application

    Detroit Zoo - Day at the Zoo
    The Detroit Zoological Society’s Day at the Zoo (DATZ) is a donor-funded education program that ensures local students have the opportunity to experience the Detroit Zoo. Spaces are limited.

    The program includes:

    • Admission for students plus one adult chaperone for every seven students
    • Stipend for bus transportation
    • Nutritious lunches for registered students and adults
    • Age-appropriate learning activities

    The application period is closed at this time; please check back in September 2018 for the next application period.


    For more information about educational opportunities at the Detroit Zoo, click here.  Thank you for considering the Detroit Zoo for your students’ learning experience.