Teacher Resources

​​​​​​​​​​​​Education Kits 

Our education kits are designed to engage and educate students with hands-on activities focusing on animals here at the Zoo and around the world. Popular with both full-time teachers and parents who home school their children, these science kits include a teacher's manual, books, artifacts, activities, and more.

You may pick up the kits at the Zoo’s Hix Institute and borrow them for a two-week period. 

Cost: $10 for the two week period.

Education Kit Topics

  • Orangutan Kit:  NEW FOR 2014!  Students will explore the world of orangutans and discover how they can make a difference in the conservation of these special primates.   This kit will be available on September 29.

  • Animal Tales Kit: A variety of stories and activities designed to stimulate young students' curiosity about animals.

  • Elephant Kit: Guide students as they learn all about one of the world's largest animals.

  • Penguin Kit: Explore the world of penguins with your students as they learn about penguin adaptations, habitats and conservation. 

  • Sensory Kit: Students will use their senses to investigate the animal world.

  • Snake Kit: Take students on journey to discover the fascinating world of snakes.

  • Conservation Kit: Bring conservation to your classroom by exploring the relationship between endangered species and the wildlife trade.  [close]

If you would you like to reserve an education kit, please email edustaff@indyzoo.com or call (317) 630-2000 between the hours of 9am-3pm Monday-Friday.​

​Educator Professional Development

​​​Educator Open House ​

Thursday, September 4, 2014
4:30-7pm • Free; registration required

Spend an evening exploring the new Simon Skojdt International Orangutan Center and learn about educational opportunities the Indianapolis Zoo has to offer you and your students. Hear and see our new programs themed around orangutans and orangutan conservation. Light snacks and beverages will be available.

To register, please email edustaff@indyzoo.com or call (317) 630-2000 between the hours of 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. ​

Afterward, join us at 7:30pm for a special showing of Born to be Wild on the IMAX at the Indiana State Museum.  
Please note that attendees need to register separately for the IMAX showing.  ​​

 IMAX Registration​​​


Make a Pledge for Elephants!

 Approximately 96 elephants are killed for their tusks every day in Africa. Our partners at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) took action, using the number 96 to emphasize the problem — thus "96 Elephants" became the rally cry for likeminded conservation organizations.

 Last spring 96 students from Lawrence Township stood up for elephants http://tinyurl.com/mgxh44d . We are now looking for 96 teachers to pledge to do an activity with their students to bring awareness to the plight of Africa's elephants. For more information on how your school can participate, contact Tolly Foster at tfoster@indyzoo.com. ​