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ZooQuarium Online Learning

Animals, Learning, Fun

Interactive online lessons.

Learning or teaching at home?

ZooQuarium Online Learning offers parents, educators and group leaders an easy way to connect kids with science, while learning about a topic they love – animals!
Using the Zoom or TEAMS platforms, Zoo staff engage kids in live, interactive life science programs that align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by Washington and 20 other states, while connecting them with amazing Zoo animals through active observation, live questions and fun.

Available for individuals, classes and groups. (Perfect for Scouts, homeschoolers and learning pods!)

Upcoming Individual Dates

3:30pm WedProgram1pm FriProgram
Feb. 24OctopusesFeb. 26Wild Cats
Mar. 3Sea OttersMar. 5Red Wolves
Mar. 10SharksMar. 12Sea Turtles
Mar. 17Polar BearsMar. 19Octopuses
Mar. 24Wild CatsMar. 26Otters
Mar. 31Red WolvesApr. 2Sharks
Apr. 7Sea TurtlesApr. 9Polar Bears
Apr. 14OctopusesApr. 16Wild Cats
Apr. 21Sea OttersApr. 23Red Wolves
Apr. 28SharksApr. 30Sea Turtles

NOTE: All times PST.

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Group Program Times

ProgramWedThurFri
All programs11:15am, 1pm, 2:15pm11:15am, 1pm, 2:15pm11:15am, 2:15pm

NOTE: No programs Sat-Tue. All times PST.
Need a different time? Contact us at ZooQuarium@pdza.org.

Group programs can accommodate up to 98 participants. However, for the program to be most interactive with the live instructor, we recommend no more than one classroom or up to 30 participants.

Need a scholarship? We offer them for schools with 60% or more students on free/reduced lunch. Apply here.

 

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Book your program

Outstanding Octopuses
Polar Bear Discoveries
Sea Turtle Stories
Wild Cats!
Sea Otters: Furry Ocean Heroes
Red Wolf Journey
Fin Facts about Sharks

What They're Saying

Our fans love us!
  • “My 13 year old son LOVED the entire program!! He loved Ms. Cathleen and thought the info presented was clear, concise, and most of all, FUN!!”
  • “My kiddos have really loved the classes. They love behind the scenes info, getting to see the cute animals, and learning fun facts.”
  • “Very engaging, beautifully presented!”

Things to Know

All your questions, answered.
DO FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE TO REGISTER SEPARATELY?

Yes, please register them separately if they want to ask their own questions and respond individually on their own screen! If they are sharing one screen or device, they can register as one person.

IS THERE A SCHOLARSHIP?

Yes! We are now offering Zooquarium scholarships for schools with 60% or more students on free/reduced lunch. Apply here.

WHAT DO I NEED TO PARTICIPATE?
  • Internet access and device with speakers. Having a camera and mic will allow the participants to be seen and heard during the program, but it is not required.
  • The Zoom link emailed to you by Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium the day before your scheduled program.
  • A method for taking notes. Learners are encouraged to take notes and may be asked to participate in a writing or drawing activity.
  • It is also helpful to write down your questions during the programs so you remember them for the Q&A at the conclusion of the program. The instructor will also do their best to answer questions that come through on chat during the program.
  • If there is something else that would be helpful to have during a specific lesson, this information will be included in the email with the Zoom link.
  • A quiet space with little or no distractions.
  • Ears ready to listen.
  • Eyes ready to observe.
  • Some learners might like to have a silent buddy (such as a favorite stuffed animal) with them during the lesson, especially if an adult or siblings are not available for the entire lesson. This buddy can provide support and encouragement and may even help come up with a question or two.
  • A Science Notebook can be a helpful tool to help remember what was observed or discussed during a lesson. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy. A folder with notepaper or a regular notebook will do. Consider decorating the cover in the science theme.
HOW IS THE PROGRAM CONDUCTED?
  • There will be one Zoo instructor visible on screen who will lead the lesson live.
  • Learners may be asked to respond to guiding questions using the Chat function on Zoom. However, during Individual programs learners will not be able to interact directly with each other.
  • All participants will be muted, so as not to distract other learners. Questions may be typed into the Chat. For some programs, the instructor may have someone with them who can pass on participant questions during the lesson. However, in some cases questions may need to wait until the end. Write them down so you don’t forget!
  • The instructor will intersperse writing, drawing or other activities during the lesson.
  • The lesson portion will last approximately 40 minutes.
  • The instructor will stay online with the participants for additional time to answer questions.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?
  • Programs are non-refundable, but circumstances may allow for programs to be rescheduled.

For group bookings:

  • If a group encounters technical problems on the scheduled date of a program, there will be a 15-minute grace period after the scheduled start time to determine if the problem can be resolved.
  • If not, the program will be canceled for that date. The group then has the option to reschedule the program.
  • If the group chooses not to reschedule, or if the technical issues (on the side of the participant) cannot be resolved on another program date, the full program fee will still be charged.
More questions?

Email us at ZooQuarium@pdza.org.