BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo - Come Travel Around the World with Us!

Ed-ZOO-cation Programs

Let us be the teacher for the day!

Through hands-on encounters with animals, animal biofacts, and interactive programming, your students will benefit from our structured programs designed to support your science curriculum.  Grade level specific lessons, aligned with Benchmark Statements set by the Louisiana Science Framework, enable you to utilize our programs to complement your teaching units.

  • Available Monday-Friday, year-round (excluding June and July while we host Zoo Camp)
  • 45 minutes long and scheduled on the hour beginning at 10 a.m.
  • Maximum of 35 students per program
  • $30 per program
  • The Zoo schedules programs on a first-come, first-served basis and you must schedule at least three weeks prior to the program date
  • Payment is due two weeks after scheduling


Ed-ZOO-cation Program Registration Form

Please note: Indicate on your Field Trip Reservation Request Form that you would like a program. A Zoo Educator will contact you to confirm your reservation.

Field Trip Reservation Form

Program Descriptions

Animal Senses 
Discover how the five senses help animals to survive.  Students will compare their own senses to those of animals though imaginative and interactive activities.

Grades: PreK, K, 1               

Benchmarks: PK-CS-I1, PK-CS-L1, SI-E-A1, SI-E-A3, LS-E-A3, LS-E-A4, LS-E-C1


Movin' and Groovin' 
Meet small animals that walk, crawl, slither, and jump.  Students will learn how and why animals move in different ways through role-playing exercises.

Grades: PreK, K                   

Benchmarks: PK-CS-P3, PK-CS-I1, PK-CS-L1, PS-E-B3, SI-E-A1. LS-E-A3, LS-E-A4, LS-E-C1


Native Neighbors      
This program features major ecosystems and animals of Louisiana and gives students a better appreciation for the wild areas right here at home. 

Grades: PreK-K, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6          

Benchmarks: SE-E-A1, SE-E-A5, LS-E-A1, LS-E-A3, LS-E-A4, LS-E-C1, LS-E-C2, LS-E-C3, LS-E-B3, PK-CS-L1, SI-E-A1


Habitat Quest
Students will examine different habitats and learn how animals secure their needs from these "homes." Assembling a food chain will help students understand the interdependence between animals and their habitats. 

Grades: 2-3               

Benchmarks: LS-E-A1, LS-E-A4, LS,E-A3, LS-E-B3, LS-E-C2, SE-E-A1, SE-E-A2, SE-E-A5


Creatures Have Class
What makes a bird a bird and not an insect, reptile, or mammal?  Students will explore the diversity of animal life and learn tricks to sort them out.

Grades: 2-4               

Benchmarks: LS-E-A3, LS-E-A4, LS-E-B2, LS-E-B3, SI-E-A1


Amazing Adaptations
Survival is all about having the right tools for the job.  Students will learn how physical and behavioral adaptations help animals survive in the wild.

Grades: 3-4               

Benchmarks: SI-E-A1, SI-E-A2, LS-E-A3, LS-E-A4, LS-E-C2


Web of Life
The web of life connects us to the rest of the planet.  Students will learn where they fit in and what they can do to make the world a better place for wildlife.

Grades: 4-5                     

Benchmarks: LS-E-B2, LS-M-C2, LS-M-C4, SE-E-A1, SE-E-A2, SI-E-A1, SI-E-A2, SI-E-A5, SI-E-B1, SI-E-B4, SI-M-A1 


Vanishing Wonders Imagine a world without tigers or elephants.  Students will learn why some animals are in danger of extinction and what they can do to help save them.

Grades: 5-6                     

Benchmarks: LS-M-C3, LS-M-C4, SE-M-A2, SE-M-A3, SE-M-A4, SE-M-A6, SI-M-A1   


Students will identify and compare the structures of skulls to determine their functions for individual species  They will collect data and use dichotomous keys to identify a variety of animals based on dentition and other clues.

Grades: 6-12             

Benchmarks: LS-M-C1, LS-M-C4, LS-M-D1, SI-M-A1, SI-M-A5


Custom Programs (K- 12)
Don't see a program that meets your needs?  Contact the Education Department at 225-775-3877 option 2 to ask about details and registration.  We will work with you to create an amazing program suitable for your group, interests or curriculum.

Fun Fact
It is estimated that 1/5 of the total biomass of animals on Earth is ants.
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