Teacher Resources

​​​​​​​​Field Investigations 

These engaging and educational programs offer students the chance to delve deeper on their Zoo visits. With two investigation options available, kids can look at zoo exhibit design or immerse themselves in animal observations and ethograms. Both programs include activities before, during and after your Field Trip. Learn more about these topics:

• Ethograms and Animal Behavior​

• ​Zoo Exhibit Design​

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.

Education kits may be rented for two weeks for a $10 rental fee. Kits are to be picked up and returned at the Zoo’s Hix Institute between the hours of 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Education Kit Topics

  • Orangutan Kit: Students will explore the world of orangutans and discover how they can make a difference in the conservation of these special primates.

  • 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.

  • Polar Animals Kit: Explore the world of polar animals with your students as they learn about 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.

  • Indiana Wildlife Kit: Think locally with Indiana conservation project based learning.

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

  • Amphibians & Reptiles Kit: Dive into the world of herpetofauna with your students and explore life cycles, special adaptations, and conservation. [close]

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Educator Open House Magnificent Macaws

Aug. 17 • 4-6:30pm • Cost: $5

Explore the Zoo, experience the new Bicentennial Pavilion and view a Magnificent Macaws presentation. See how the Zoo can be your classroom by learning about the educational opportunities the Indianapolis Zoo has to offer you and your students. Light snacks and beverages will be available. For adults only.

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Upcoming Educator Professional Development

Pollinator Gardens

Aug. 26 • 9am-3pm • Cost: $20

The Zoo's horticulture and education staff have teamed up to teach you how to create and use a pollinator garden with your students. Learn about how to plant and maintain the garden as well as what wildlife might visit your garden.

Animal Enrichment Challenge

Oct. 7 • 9am-3pm • Cost: $20

Grade 3-8 teachers

In this program, you will learn how the Zoo uses enrichment with our animals and how your students can be involved with creating ideas for animal enrichment.  You will explore how you can use this project in a variety of ways to meet academic standards and STEM disciplines. Educators participating in this program will have the opportunity to have their students involved in the Animal Enrichment Challenge with the Indianapolis Zoo.

Zoo Careers

April 14 • 9am-3pm • Cost: $20 

Are you a teacher or guidance counselor with students interested in working at a zoo?  Investigate a variety of zoo careers and learn what it takes to have a job working at a zoo.  Take a tour behind the scenes and learn how the zoo works.  Throughout the day you will discover a variety of occupations.  ​


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​Indianapolis Prize Conservation Hero Profiles

The Indianapolis Prize recognizes conservationists who have achieved major victories in advancing the sustainability of an animal species or group of species. 2016's Winner is Carl Jones. Passionate about animals since childhood and inspired by the famous British conservationist Gerry Durrell, Carl has dedicated his life and career to restoring endangered animal populations and habitat, approaching conservation with a clear understanding of the necessary balance within an ecosystem. He is responsible for developing and leading successful recoveries for reptiles, mammals and birds, including the pink pigeon, echo parakeet and, most famously, the Mauritius kestrel. Carl brought the total population of the rarest bird on the planet from only four individuals to nearly 400 over the course of a decade.

​​To connect classroom learning with the heroic wonders of the Indianapolis Prize, t​he Conservation Hero Profiles were created to provide educators with the opportunity to teach students about the men and women who are saving wildlife and improving our planet for future generations. 

Written for a third- to fifth-grade audience, these profiles can be used as a reading assignment, an inspiration for writing or a launching point for further research.

Download Conservation Hero Profiles​

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