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Home School Classes

The Fort Worth Zoo offers classes for home-schooled children ages 6 to 12 two Tuesdays a month from September to December and January to May. Classes, $25 each, are from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. and include a snack, live animal presentation and admission for each student to the Zoo on class day. Please note that the same class is offered twice a month.

Classes for home-schooled children ages 13 to 15 are offered one Tuesday a month from September to December and January to May. Classes, $50 each, are from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. and include an interactive lab, snack, live animal presentation and admission for each student to the Zoo on class day.

2014 Home School Classes

Children ages 6 to 8

All living things need energy to live and grow. Where does the energy come from? Follow the food chain to find out. See how important each and every animal is to its ecosystem as we uncover the complexities of the food web. The 6 to 8 year old classes will explore a wide variety of topics, while focusing on the importance of a food chain in an ecosystem. Food chains, life cycles, the water cycle, conservation, and other fascinating topics will also be studied during this semester. Each student will learn grade-appropriate information based upon Texas Department of Education standards for Science, Math, and English and Language Arts.
Nov. 4 and 18: Food chains: Asian Falls and bird exhibits near Raptor Canyon
Dec. 2 and 16: Food chains: Great Barrier Reef and Penguins
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Children ages 9 to 12

All organisms participate in relationships with organisms of different species in their ecosystems. Some relationships benefit the organisms and are essential for both species to survive. Others are detrimental to one organism, but critical for the other organism and still essential to the interdependence of species within the ecosystem. Each class will learn about the different forms of symbiosis with grade-appropriate information based upon Texas Department of Education standards for Science, Math, and English and Language Arts.
Nov. 4 and 18: Man’s symbiotic relationship with nature and wildlife
Dec. 2 and 16: Ecological relationships as they pertain to biomes
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Children ages 13 to 15

Biomes are communities of animals and plants that live together in a particular type of natural environment such as a hot, dry desert or the dark cold deep sea. The 13 to 15 year old class will be learning about different levels of communication within the level of biomes. Systems work similarly at all levels, by touching on solar systems and galaxies we will be able to compare the biggest level of biome with the smallest level. The lessons are planned with grade-appropriate information based upon Texas Department of Education standards for Science, Math, and English and Language Arts.
Nov 18: Biospheres and biomes
Dec 16: Solar systems and galaxies
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2015 Home School Classes

Children ages 6 to 8: Home Sweet Home

From nests high in the trees to tunnels underground, animals have homes just like people do. Classes will compare Zoo animal homes to human homes. Each student will learn grade-appropriate information based upon Texas Department of Education standards for science, math, and English language arts.
Jan. 20: Museum of Living Art (MOLA)
Feb. 10 and 24: World of Primates
March 3 and 17: African Savannah and Asian Falls
April 14 and 28: Texas Wild! and Penguins
May 12 and 26: Raptor Canyon and Great Barrier Reef
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Children ages 9 to 12: The Great Migrators

Why do animals migrate? What pathways do migrating animals take? This class will explore the large-scale movement of a species from one place to another and research the differences and similarities of migrating animals. Each student will learn grade-appropriate information based upon Texas Department of Education standards for science, math, and English language arts.
Jan. 20: Invertebrate Migrators
Feb. 10 and 24: Ocean Migrators
March 3 and 17: Feathered Migrators
April 14 and 28: Fur Migrators
May 12 and 26: Migration Super Animals (record breaking journeys)
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Children ages 13 to 15: Conservation and You*

Why is conservation important? Conservation is the act of preserving, guarding, or protecting nature. Classes will focus on different areas of conservation. Children ages 13 to 15 will do research, class activities and discover what it means to conserve. Each student will learn grade-appropriate information based upon Texas Department of Education standards for science, math, and English language arts. Students will also learn how to use GPS units and other methods of research.
Jan. 20: What is Conservation?
Feb. 24: Apex Predators
March 17: History of Conservation
April 28: Endangered Species
May 26: Careers in Conservation
*Register for all five classes and receive a certificate of completion that can used for credits toward home school.
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Weekday Home School Volunteens

This program provides local home-schooled teens, ages 12 to 17, the opportunity to assist our Zoo Preschool teachers. They help set up, clean up and assist students with crafts and excursions into the Zoo. Volunteens come in once a week for half of the day, either from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or 12:45 to 4:15 p.m. The fall session runs from September to December and the spring session runs from January to May. Applications are completed online and interviews are scheduled after the final application date. After interviewing all applicants, the Education staff will make selections. Selected Volunteens are required to attend a mandatory orientation prior to the start of the semester.

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Home School Day: Thursday, March 26, 2015

All home-schooled children and their families are invited to a fun-filled educational day in the wilds of the Zoo. Learn amazing facts from our zookeepers at more than 20 Wild Encounters and enjoy asking Zoo staff your best animal questions around the Zoo’s world-class exhibits!

Registration opens Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.


For more information, contact the Education Department:

Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76110
phone: 817-759-7200
fax: 817-759-7201
email: education@fortworthzoo.org

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