We are excited to introduce the Birmingham Zoo’s Virtual Zoo! The Virtual Zoo is a great source of fun and engaging resources for students of all ages. Each video will allow you to join us as we take you behind the scenes to learn some amazing things about animals and staff at the Birmingham Zoo. Episodes will range from special behind the scenes tours of the Zoo, interesting lessons about animals, and Birmingham Zoo conservation work in our own backyard and all around the world. Videos include an engaging activity for the entire family to enjoy, lists of new vocabulary introduced, and links to curriculum standards for relevant grade levels.
Digital Discovery Webinars are a great way to virtually connect your students to the Birmingham Zoo in fun and engaging ways. Webinars are led by Zoo Educators and feature biofacts and exclusive video of some of the Zoo’s most interesting resident animals. Each 30 – 45 minute webinar is standards based and accommodates up to 30 students. Each program is $50 and may be scheduled any week day between 9 AM and 3 PM.
What do you need to participate? Interest in an innovative method of instruction and access to two-way audio/visual teleconferencing equipment, such as a laptop or iPhone/iPad! To register for a Digital Discovery Webinar or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Grades (30-45 minutes) *Only offered Monday-Wednesday*
Ask a Zoo Educator — Is your class focusing on a specific animal or topic? In this custom program, one of our Zoo Educators will show biofacts and answer questions you and your class have about your topic of choice!
3rd-6th Grades (30 min)
Who at the Zoo — Tracks, scat, fur, feathers—in this webinar it will be up to YOU to figure out who at the zoo these may belong too. A zoo educator will provide mystery items and once you’ve discovered who they belong to, will discuss what role they play in an animal’s survival.
The dirt on…dirt! — This class will have you saying “hooray” for decomposers as we show you the magic of how they can turn scat into a strawberry milkshake! You will get up close and personal with one of our Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches in a pre-recorded clip and be able to ask a zoo educator about decomposers in real time.
7th-12th Grades (45 min)
Zoos Saving Species — How do zoos help animals in the wild? In this class, we will discuss wild polar bears and how polar bears in a zoo setting may be able to help their wild counterparts. Then we will discuss some of the work being done by the Birmingham Zoo to help species on a global scale!
The Birmingham Zoo’s Education Department has compiled a list of web-based resources for teachers and students. These trusted links focus on the topics of animals, zoos, conservation and STEM learning.
Bring the natural world to your classroom. The Birmingham Zoo has a variety of biofacts (animal artifacts) available for check out. These include bones, pelts, skulls, feathers and more. Find a perfect complement to your Science lesson. Up to 8 items may be checked out for up to 2 weeks for free. Available for teachers of all grades. Please review photo inventories below to see available items. Items are available on a first come basis. To check out items visit the Zoo between 9:00am-4:00pm any day of the week. Please go to the Membership Office and tell them that you are here to check out biofacts and they can call Education Staff and direct you to the building.
Inquiry Guides Developed for use by small groups led by an adult.
9 – 12 Grade Coming Soon!
Inquiry Guide Activity Sheets
9 – 12 Grade Coming Soon!