John Ball Zoo

Traveling Zoo Programs

Presentation Style

Enjoy an up-close encounter with live zoo animals in the comfort of your own classroom of facility. Presentations work great for classrooms, scout meetings, retirement communities, and libraries. Presentations are typically between 30 and 45 minutes in length. Animals are presented one at a time. Topics vary depending on age of audience (from preschool to adult). We can customize a program for you or you can choose from one of our core education topics.

Meet and Greet Station

A Meet and Greet Station offers a more informal interaction with ambassador animals. Encounters offer a few minutes in which to engage with our instructors and/or Docents as guests learn about the animal and may even have an opportunity to touch an animal! This type of program works well if your event or facility has a large audience that may not be suited for sitting and listening to a long presentation. Typically, one or two animals are strolling at a time for approximately 45 minutes each. Meet and Greet programs are scheduled by the hour for up to 2 hours at a time. Meet and Greet Travel Zoos work well for retirement communities, community fairs/events, and larger corporate events. 

STEM Programs

Penguineering

Designed for grades 2-4. Habitats come alive as students are immersed in the life of a penguin. Hands-on activities bring to light what Magellanic penguins need in their habitat and how animals play an important role. Students pretend to be a penguin while they create a nesting habitat which is then put to the test against some environmental constraints. Penguineering is for classroom-sized groups of no more than 30 students. 

Exhibit Design

Designed for 5th-12th grade. Building exhibits at the zoo is no small task. This class is structured around how an animal's needs and adaptations help guide the materials used and engineering skills are put to the test as groups design and create 3D models of a new exhibit. This class can be modified for a variety of age groups and aligns perfectly with the engineering design standards. The exhibit design class is for classroom-sized groups of no more than 30 students and is ideal for 20-25 students.

Zoo Careers

Working with wild animals can be exciting, rewarding, and sometimes a even a little stinky! During this program, your middle or high school students will get a sneak peek into what working for a zoo is really like. Enjoy hands-on activities and expert insight while learning about zoo keeping, zoo veterinary care, and wildlife research. 

 

March is Reading Month

 

Making reading wildly fun! This unique Travel Zoo will bring a Zoo educator into your classroom to read a selected book and then share one of the Zoo's ambassador animals with your students. This program is meant for individual classes so that students can experience an up-close encounter with an animal. Please indicate your top two choices of books when submitting your registration form. The Zoo will supply the book and one ambassador animal matched as closely to the animal(s) featured in the book as possible. Program lengths vary depending on book and age of students but are typically 25-45 minutes. We are able to facilitate this program either in person at your facility or virtually.

 

Please visit the link below to see a list of available book choices:

March is Reading Month Book Choices

2022 Pricing: Program fees are $100 plus an additional $1.00 per mile traveling fee (includes mileage and staffing cost) and $60 for each additional consecutive program on the same day. 

 

Traveling Zoo Registration Form - Presentation Style

Traveling Zoo Registration Form - Meet and Greet Station

2022 Pricing: Program fees are $100 plus an additional $1.00 per mile traveling fee (includes mileage and staffing cost) and $60 for each additional consecutive program on the same day. 

 

Penguineering Registration Form

Exhibit Design Registration Form

Zoo Careers Registration Form

2022 Pricing: Program fees are $60 plus an additional $1.00 per mile traveling fee (includes mileage and staffing cost) and $30 for each additional consecutive program on the same day. 

 

March is Reading Month Registration Form

 

COVID-19 Guidelines: John Ball Zoo does not currently require program participants to wear face masks. We will continue to follow masking guidelines set by local, state, and federal agencies and update this policy as needed.     

 

Please direct questions to education@jbzoo.org or 616-336-4302

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