Distance Learning

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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

Wildlife on the Great Plains
Explore the vast prairies of the American West as you see and learn about the wildlife. The program is brought to life as black-tailed prairie dogs, box turtles, pronghorn, bison, hognose, bullsnake, tiger salamanders, striped skunks and even badgers illustrate behavioral and physical adaptations that enable their survival on the Great Plains.  Students will witness these animals as they demonstrate defensive adaptations used to ward off predators. 

Coyote Moon
Sit back and listen to the stories from the Comanche, Kiowa and Navajo on why the coyote sings to the moon or how the opossum came to have no hair on its tails and other intriguing animal tales. Explore the influences prairie animals had on Native American culture- from their daily living to their spiritual beliefs in this program that will 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 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.

The Black-footed Ferret - Back from Extinction – the ultimate story of survival!
Thought extinct twice, the black-footed ferret has struggled back from near extinction. With only 18 left in 1980, the ferret has been a success story due to the conservation efforts by many organizations. See and learn about this amazing mammal in a program that will highlight endangered wildlife, conservation efforts and the impact that this ferret has had on the Great Plains.

Animals on the Defense
Why does a skunk smell? Why are some snakes brightly colored and some spiders hairy?  Smell, color and behavior are just a few ways animals can protect themselves from danger. In this program students will see a variety of animals and learn their secrets to avoid becoming someone’s dinner!

Yuckology! -  The scoop on poop and many other gross facts about animals
Explain the “how’s” and “what’s” behind the different functions of animals that are viewed as disguising. Why do animals have different shaped poop?  Why do owls vomit pellets? Just how slimy are salamanders? Why would an animal eat rotting plants? Learn this and more about the gross but necessary side of the animal world when you book The Scoop on Poop and other Gross Facts!

Wild Bites!
In Wild Bites, students will learn about the different foods animals eat. Take a look inside the mouths of animals as students see and learn about the different types of teeth, understand why animals eat what they eat as well as witness live feedings.

Animal Classification
Do some mammals lay eggs? Can all birds fly?  Here students investigate the common characteristics of the animal classes. From birds, to mammals, reptiles and amphibians, students will use common characteristics to understand how scientists distinguish and classify millions of diverse animals!

SENSA-tional Animals
Ever wondered how animals see the world? How a snake smells with its tongue or how a gecko climbs glass? Animals have developed some very unique adaptations to navigate the world around them. In this SENSA-tional program, students will meet new animals and learn about the sensational senses of the animal kingdom!

Teacher Workshop
 Would you like to introduce teachers at your school to videoconferencing and “virtual field trips” as an exciting and interactive learning experience? The Amarillo Zoo is a great choice for teacher training as we provide a 30-minute workshop that demonstrates various aspects of our videoconferencing programs. The Zoo educator will briefly review the content of our distance learning programs and incorporate live animals, live cams, and a Q&A segment into the session. Book us today and learn why we’re the smart choice when it comes to bringing learning to life!

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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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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