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Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park’s Zoomobile outreach program brings the zoo to you October through March. The Zoomobile provides educational and fun presentations that follow Idaho’s education standards. The programs are grade-specific for preschool through high school using live animals and biofacts.  The program is available to schools, nursing homes, libraries, church groups and more.

 

LIST OF TOPICS 

Preschool

WARM AND FUZZY (1/2 hour) Young children learn the common characteristics of a mammal.

 

Kindergarten  

IT’S ALIVE! (1 hour) Students will explore the difference between living and non-living things on earth including plants, animals, and a nod to geology.

IT’S A WILD, WILD WORLD! (1 hour) This Zoomobile discusses the difference between wild and domestic animals and talks about what does and does not make a good pet.

 

1st Grade  

CIRCLE OF LIFE (1 hour) Investigate lifecycles and lifespans of some of our animals. Students will learn the names used for various baby animals and a general overview of how different classes of animals reproduce (hatch vs. live birth).

FUR, FEATHER, AND SCALES (1 hour) This program introduces the student to mammals, birds and reptiles and the purposes of different animal coverings.

 

2nd Grade

OH, GIVE ME A HOME! (1 hour) This Zoomobile explores the concept of habitat and adaptations. A habitat is not just where an animal lives, but it must be able to access food, water, and have adequate a living space as well as being able to avoid predators and raise young.

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3rd Grade

WHAT’S FOR DINNER (1 hour) This Zoomobile is designed to more closely examine the concept of food chains. What is an herbivore, carnivore or omnivore and what are some ways they interact.

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT (1 hour) This Zoomobile discusses how an animal's body covering helps to decrease (or increase) its visibility and therefore adds to protection of an animal in their natural environments.

I NEED ENERGY! (1 hour) This Zoomobile discusses the ways in which animals acquire, utilize and conserve the energy necessary to sustain them. It looks at why animals need energy and the technique animals have adapted to conserve energy.

 

4th Grade

ANIMALS HAVE CLASS (1 hour) This Zoomobile discusses the need for organizing the natural world and introduces the classification of animals beginning with whether they are invertebrates or vertebrates.

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT (1 hour) This Zoomobile discusses how an animal's body covering helps to decrease (or increase) its visibility and therefore adds to protection of an animal in their natural environments.

 

5th and 6th Grade

S.O.S SAVE OUR SPECIES (1 hour) We hear daily how rapidly species diversity is declining on earth. This Zoomobile will look at conservation methods being used in zoos to ensure those beautiful creatures are around for generations to come. We’ll also discuss the importance of genes in healthy populations.

ADAPT OR DIE (1 hour) Every living thing on earth has to adapt to their surroundings to survive. This Zoomobile will look at habitat requirements for animals and how habitat, climate, and resource destruction affects life on earth.

7th and 8th Grade

THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES (1 hour) This Zoomobile discusses the concepts of natural selection and adaptation of species within the boundaries of evolution

 

9th-12th Grade

GOING, GOING, GONE (1 hour) Human activity has accelerated the “extinction rate” to an alarming pace. This Zoomobile examines what causes extinction and what is being done with captive wildlife to slow the “extinction rate.”

 

    (We will do our best to arrange a Zoomobile for your group; however, because our presenters are volunteers, we cannot guarantee any request for a Zoomobile.)