Distance Learning

zoo keeper with iguana

Go wild without ever leaving your classroom! Through live broadcast your students will be able to experience live animal encounters and take a close look at a wide variety of biofacts, our educators bring the Zoo to you.

You can create a one-of-a-kind interactive learning experience for your students by having an Amarillo Zoo program broadcast directly to your school. Our programs meet several state and national education standards and is an interactive way to bring book learning to life for your students.
Take a look at the programs we offer and decide if an Amarillo Zoo Distance Learning program is right for your class!

Programs can be modified to suit most grades/age levels, including adult programs. 

Available Distance Learning Programs

    • BOO-ology

This October, journey into the world of cryptozoology to discover that reality is scarier than fiction. Uncover that monsters do exist in this Halloween themed program where students meet the living headless, find glow
ing ghosts and see a chimera. Through examination of physical and behavioral adaptations, students will learn about wildlife that mirrors the mythical creatures of the Halloween season.

  • Stories of the Prairie
    Venture into the grasslands of North America, a complex and threatened ecosystem, to explore the influences prairie flora and fauna had Native American culture. Stories of the prairie analyze the symbolism of animals in anecdotes and artifacts from Great Plains tribes. From daily living to the spiritual, only one program can illustrate the inseparable connection between tribes and prairie life. 

  • Tales of Scales
    Tales of Scales teaches audiences about reptiles and amphibians throughout the world. This program uses live reptiles and amphibians to explore their physiological adaptations, examine life cycles, explain sensory functions and discuss their ecological importance. Go from fearful to fascinated as you gain a new perspective in tales of scales. 

  • Wild on the High Plains
    Dig into the intricacies of a High Plains mecca when you unearth the myriad ecological benefits of Prairie dog colonies. Life in burrows will be explored as we examine the social habits and language of prairie dogs and see an array of species supported or dependent upon dog towns including our own ambassador, the endangered Black-footed ferret. Further, the program will examine how shifts in cultural perceptions have impacted prairie dog populations and shaped the face of the plains.  

How to Book

  • Visit CILC and select preferred program from the list of Amarillo Zoo programs provided
  • Fill out booking request at CILC
  • We will contact you to confirm receipt of request and confirm preferred date/time or discuss alternate dates
Program Payment

After booking a Distance Learning program through CILC and receiving confirmation of your program from the Zoo, you will receive an invoice from the Zoo. Program fees can be paid by credit card or check and must be paid prior to the program date.

Cancelling/Rescheduling Distance Learning Programs

Programs must be cancelled at least 48 hours in advance. The Amarillo Zoo will make a reasonable attempt to reschedule programs, but will issue a full refund if the program cannot be rescheduled. Programs cancelled without 48 hours notice will be charged the full program fee. A full refund will be issued for programs cancelled due to weather or other emergencies.

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Come visit us!

The Amarillo Zoo is located in Thompson Park. Take Hwy 287 North off of I-40, take the N. 24th Ave. exit and go West, turn right into Thompson Park and follow the signs to the Zoo parking lot.

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