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.
Field Trip Activities
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!
Virtual Safari Activities
Virtual Habitat Tours
Explore John Ball Zoo animal habitats from anywhere! Students are able to direct where they go and learn more with information tabs and embedded videos that include training sessions and enrichment delivery along with conservation information. Utilize the animal observation activities above, download the journal prompts below the habitat links, or create your own journal prompts for students. Tours were created with Virtual Tour Guys.