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Grades: Pre-K through 12th
Available: April through November
Phone: 413 583-8370

Teacher Kits (see below) that provide additional information and classroom curriculum materials are available. We encourage you and your students to visit the zoo at non-peak times. All school programs are limited to a maximum of 30 students.

Tours at a Glance (Still in production!)

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Grade K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Tropical Rain Forest X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Endangered Species         X X X X X X X X X
North-Western Trail X X X X X X              

Endangered Species
(Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, for Grades 5-12) Over the course of the last 4.6 billion years, many different species have appeared and others have become extinct. This rate of extinction has been increasing at a tremendous rate over the last two centuries. Students in this interactive program will look at some of the reasons that species become extinct, focusing on those most directly related to human activities.

North-Western Trail
(Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays) From the plains to the mountains. This fascinating look at the mid-western region will help students discover how animals and plants have adapted.

Tropical Rain Forest
(Offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) Tropical rain forests are ecosystems of amazing biological diversity...and they are disappearing at the phenomenal rate of 60-100 acres every minute. An interactive presentation will examine the problems and issues surrounding these endangered ecosystems.