have the power to carry us from the frozen fields of Antarctica
to the deepest jungles of South America. Through our
Distance Learning programs, your class can reach across miles
for an amazing learning experience. Don't have a videoconferencing
facility at your school? No problem! Any group can
connect to our program; all you need is a
computer, webcam, microphone, speakers and internet connection!
PLEASE NOTE: The Zoo has decided to suspend Distance
Learning Programs in 2014 to explore other programming
opportunities. Thank you to all the schools and libraries
who have come back year after year to participate in our
Distance Learning connections! Please check the main
Education portion of the site for future
Program Calendar and Registration
An Interactive Experience Beyond the Exhibits
As one of the first zoos in the country to offer two-way
interactive video adventures, the Indianapolis Zoo connects with
students across Indiana, throughout the United States, and
beyond - including Mexico and Saudi Arabia.
Join us to expand your experience beyond your classroom!
Wired For Education
Since 1994, the Indianapolis Zoo has the ability to connect
with classrooms from different sites all around the Zoo and
White River Gardens. Our Distance Learning Mobile Unit goes
almost everywhere, from our Zoo studio to the Deserts biome. Distance Learning brings your students into our natural
world without them ever leaving their seats.
What Should I Expect During a Connection With the Zoo?
A member of the Zoo’s education staff teaches every Distance
Learning program. Programs can occur in front of animal
exhibits, but we also schedule broadcasts from the Gardens or in
our green-screen equipped studio. Your students will be able to
see animals in natural environments, and can ask questions about
what they’re seeing. Every Distance Learning session may also
feature a variety of video footage, artifacts, slide shows, and
activities to give students one of the most interactive programs
available. Photo by Gabi Moore
Grade Levels and Academic Standards
All programs, unless otherwise noted, are suitable for K-8th
grade students and are aligned with the Indiana Academic
Standards. For the standards addressed in a specific program,
Photos by Jason Wright