Activity Guides and Lesson Plans
Here you can download a variety of lesson plans, chaperone activities, and curriculum guides to help with your field trip and classroom learning.
Self-guided Zoo Activities
- Nature Explorer Cards are a fun way to learn more about animals and nature. Each card has a question, piece of information, or an activity that connects in a fun way to the animals and plants at the Zoo. Nature Explorer Cards help anyone to become an expert nature investigator. They are an excellent way for student groups to learn together and perfect for chaperones.
- Nature Quests are just like treasure hunts and a way for students to explore the Zoo. The Harmony Farm Nature Quest is perfect for K - 2 students and chaperones.
Primate Nature Quest – This Quest focuses on the Zoo’s primates and is useful for all ages.
Forest of Uco Self Guided Tours - Are you studying
rainforests or biodiversity in class? These self guided tours
focus on our Forest of Uco exhibit and touch on many science
standards for each grade level.
Be an Animal Scientist - Live Flamingo Observation
- For Kindergarten and up this zoo activity introduces
students to the work of behavioral scientists and incorporates
observation skills, data collection, and data analysis. Its most
effective when paired with the Simulated Flamingo Observation
activity before a Zoo field trip?
Worms-Wiggly and Wonderful! - This curriculum
guide for K-2nd grade combines scientific observation with
animal caregiving to teach students about vermicomposting and
serves as a great introduction to sustainability.
Observing Goats at the Phoenix Zoo: A Practice in Scientific
Inquiry - This curriculum guide was developed by 3rd and
4th grade teachers from the Scottsdale Unified School District
in partnership with Zoo staff and uses the Zoo's Petting Zoo
to teach the scientific process.
- This packet for 2nd grade and up uses elephants to help students explore basic science concepts.
- This packet for 2nd grade and up uses our popular squirrel monkey exhibit to help students explore science concepts.
- Behavioral Enrichment (BE) is an essential component of zoo management and is founded upon behavioral science and natural history. This activity provides a fun way for students to explore the concept by designing their own BE for an animal.
Habitat Game - This fun game for 1st - 5th grade
students introduces the basic elements of habitats.
Be an Animal Scientist - Simulated Flamingo
Observation - For Kindergarten and up this classroom
activity introduces students to the work of behavioral
scientists and incorporates observation skills, data collection,
and data analysis. Its most effective when paired with the Live
Flamingo Observation activity during a Zoo field trip.
- This fun card game focuses on endangered North American amphibians and uses math and scientific reasoning skills. Appropriate for 2nd grade and up.
- Developed for 4th grade and up, this activity introduces the concepts of sustainability, endangered species, resource scarcity, and personal choice in a fun way.
- The Phoenix Zoo now offers training programs to familiarize teachers with the Council for Environmental Education's Growing up Wild Curriculum which helps incorporate environmental education into early learning classrooms.