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ZooSchool

The mission of ZooSchool at the Birmingham Zoo is to engage and inspire curiosity in 7th-grade students through an innovative, hands-on, standards-based curriculum.

 ZooSchool is a one-week integrated program with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) practices and concepts, critical literacy skills, and STEM careers. ZooSchool establishes a framework enabling students to explore human impacts on the natural world, the role of conservation organizations, and how students’ choices and voices will affect the future of our planet. The ZooSchool program presents content in a relevant, experiential manner that promotes curiosity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. While learning, students talk with Animal Care Professionals, Zoo staff, and global experts to support STEM studies in school and open students up to volunteer opportunities and career possibilities they might not have previously considered.


A Week of ZooSchool

Throughout the week, attendees focus on the natural world on a local and global scale. The program covers topics such as threats to biodiversity, conservation measures, species statuses, availability of potable water, interconnectedness in ecosystems, and keystone species and their impacts on an ecosystem. Through observation, demonstrations, and teacher-led discussions, students analyze and gain a better understanding of real-life examples of life-science concepts learned in the classroom.


Funding

You can support ZooSchool with a gift today!

Suggested amounts*

  • $50 – Sponsor a child for one day at ZooSchool at the Birmingham Zoo
  • $220 – Sponsor a child for one week of ZooSchool at the Birmingham Zoo
  • $4,430 – Sponsor a class for one week of ZooSchool at the Birmingham Zoo

Please click HERE to make your gift.


2020–2021 ZooSchool Donors

Spire
Housing Affordability Trust
James Milton and Sallie R. Johnson Foundation
Wells Fargo
Charles and Estelle Campbell Foundation
Leon Aland Family Foundation
BBVA
BBVA Foundation
Comer Foundation
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC
Kinder Morgan Foundation
Lee Bruno Foundation
Redmont Park Historic District Foundation
SouthState Bank
Susan Mott Webb Charitable Trust
Concepts & Associates
Children’s of Alabama