Resources for Learning
These resources have been created for you to use while visiting John Ball Zoo. By engaging your students and/or children during their exploration of the zoo we hope they will learn more about the animals they encounter.
Animal Observation Field Trip Activities
These tools mimic the ethograms, or behavior studies, that biologists use to study animals both in the wild and in zoos. Assign students to specific animals and compare data back in the classroom or have groups of students observe the same animal at different times throughout the day. It's a great way to build in math to your zoo trip!
Exhibit Design Activities
These observation and evaluation tools are a great addition to the Exhibit Design class we offer. Have students evaluate a habitat and do a usage study that they take back to the classroom to digest data and use to re-create a new habitat!