Teacher Resources

​Field Investigations — New for 2017!

These engaging and education 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:

Field Investigations — Ethograms and Animal Behavior

 Field Investigations — 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. To reserve an education kit, please contact edustaff@indyzoo.com or 317-630-2000 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.


2017 Conservation Educator Academy

June 19-22 • 8:30am-4:30pm • Cost: $20

All educators welcome • Designed for fourth-eighth grade teachers

We are teaming up with Ball State University again this summer to help teachers develop and implement inquiry-based lesson plans in the areas of science and conservation. The 2017 Conservation Educator Academy will be themed around macaws and forests. Participants will hear from scientists working on a local project with warblers to better understand the importance of Indiana forest. They will also have an opportunity to meet Dr. Sam Williams of the A​ra Project and learn more about his conservation efforts for macaws in Costa Rica.

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Educator Open House Magnificent Macaws

Aug. 17 • 4-6pm • 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.

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Upcoming Educator Professional Development

​Save these dates and we'll have additional information coming soon!

Pollinator Gardens — Aug. 26
Animal Enrichment Challenge — Oct. 7 

​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. This year'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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