Ford Education Center Field Trips

Give your class a healthy dose of Vitamin Z!

All programs have 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.


Detroit Zoo - Education Programs

Animal Size

Audience: Kindergarten – Grade 1
Length of Program: 45 minutes
Cost: $50 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/7 chaperones)
State Correlations:  S.IP.00.14, S.IP.00.15, S.IP.00.16

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

Animal Size

Audience: Kindergarten – Grade 1
Length of Program: 45 minutes
Cost: $50 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/7 chaperones)
State Correlations:  S.IP.00.14, S.IP.00.15, S.IP.00.16

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


Detroit Zoo - Education Programs

Alternative Dissection

Audience: Grade 6 – Grade 8
Length of Program: 90 minutes
Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
NGSS:  MS-LS1-3

Each year, millions of animals are dissected in schools. The Detroit Zoo offers a fun and interactive alternative. Come and experience animal “dissection” in a fun, hands-on way! Our Humane Science Lab is equipped with everything you need to participate in a full, alternative frog dissection without harming any animals.

Alternative Dissection

Audience: Grade 6 – Grade 8
Length of Program: 90 minutes
Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
NGSS:  MS-LS1-3

Each year, millions of animals are dissected in schools. The Detroit Zoo offers a fun and interactive alternative. Come and experience animal “dissection” in a fun, hands-on way! Our Humane Science Lab is equipped with everything you need to participate in a full, alternative frog dissection without harming any animals.


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Zoo Habitat Design

Audience: Grade 6 – Grade 8
Length of Program: 90 minutes
Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
NGSS: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4

Come to the Zoo with your art, engineering and science skills ready! Students will explore the Arctic Ring of Life and use this habitat as a case study before designing their own zoo habitat.

Zoo Habitat Design

Audience: Grade 6 – Grade 8
Length of Program: 90 minutes
Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
NGSS: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4

Come to the Zoo with your art, engineering and science skills ready! Students will explore the Arctic Ring of Life and use this habitat as a case study before designing their own zoo habitat.


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Zoo Careers

Audience: Grade 9 – Grade 12
Length of Program: 90 minutes
Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
State Correlations:  Educational Development Plan – Career Exploration

Do you belong in a zoo? Discover the array of fascinating zoo job opportunities that encompass a variety of career fields. Even if science is not your chosen field, there may be a place for you!

Zoo Careers

Audience: Grade 9 – Grade 12
Length of Program: 90 minutes
Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
State Correlations:  Educational Development Plan – Career Exploration

Do you belong in a zoo? Discover the array of fascinating zoo job opportunities that encompass a variety of career fields. Even if science is not your chosen field, there may be a place for you!