ZooMobiles

tim and tortSouthwick’s Zoo and EARTH Ltd partner to present this in school educational program. ZooMobiles involve an educator and some of our animal ambassadors traveling to a school, library, or other facility to perform a presentation.

They’re a fun and interactive way to encourage an interest in life sciences and educate young students on topics including ecology, adaptations, and animal behaviors. Our school programs are great option because they are far less time intensive than a field trip and you don’t have to worry about the weather! We also offer them year round!

 

Interested in Booking a ZooMobile?
Submit a ZooMobile Inquiry

 

Programs and Pricing

Program Notes:

  • There may be an additional mileage fee depending on location
  • The ideal number of people is listed, but it can be more depending on the circumstances
  • We try our best to provide a unique assortment of animals, however certain animals may not be available on certain days.

 

Questions? Send us an email at samantha@southwickszoo.com

 

Introduction to Animal Ecology 

All ages
60 minutes, 7-8 animals, classroom or assembly
$500 for one presentation ($250 additional presentation on same day)

Our most popular program! This program includes an animal handler and a presenter who will provide a general introduction to the subject of animal ecology. We will explore topics such as traits used to classify different animals into groups like birds, reptiles, and mammals; types of interactions between animal groups; how animals interact with their environment; and much more. Plus, there is always an extensive question and answer session!

Aligns with MA Life Science standards PreK to High School; RI Grade Span Expectations in Science, Life Science Domain K-12; and CT Core Science Curriculum Biology Content Standards.

 

We Like to Move It, Move It

PreK-K
20-30 minutes, 3-4 animals, up to 25 people
$250 for one presentation ($100 additional presentation on same day)

Which animals can fly? Which animals can swim? How do animals without legs get around? Why do animals need to move? From crawling bugs to slithering snakes to hopping kangaroos, this program explores the various modes of animal locomotion whether on land, in the water, or in the air. We also discuss reasons why animals would need to move from one location to another.

Aligns with MA Life Science PreK-2 standards LS1, LS2, LS8; RI Grade Span Expectations (K-2) in Science LS1-1, LS1-4, LS4-8; and CT Core Science Curriculum PK.2, K.2

 

Super Senses 

PreK-K
20-30 minutes, 3-4 animals, up to 25 people
$250 for one presentation ($100 additional presentation on same day)

Which animal smells with its tongue? Which animal tastes with its feet? Which animal hears with its legs? This program explores the five senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell) and their importance for survival. We also highlight animals that sense their environments in extraordinary ways that are much different from how people typically sense the world around them.

Aligns with MA Life Science PreK-2 standards LS1, LS2, LS6, LS8; RI Grade Span Expectations (K-2) in Science LS1-1, LS1-2, LS1-4, LS4-8; and CT Core Science Curriculum PK.2, K.2

 

Spineless

Grades 1-2
45 minutes, 4-5 animals, up to 40 people
$275 for one presentation ($100 additional presentation on same day)

Which animal smells with its tongue? Which animal tastes with its feet? Which animal hears with its legs? This program explores the five senses (sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell) and their importance for survival. We also highlight animals that sense their environments in extraordinary ways that are much different from how people typically sense the world around them.

Aligns with MA Life Science PreK-2 standards LS1, LS2, LS6; RI Grade Span Expectations (K-2) in Science LS1-1, LS1-2, LS1-4; and CT Core Science Curriculum 1.2

 

The Future of Farming

Grades 1-2
45 minutes, 4-5 animals, up to 40 people
$275 for one presentation ($100 additional presentation on same day)

What animals are found on a farm? What are their roles? What is a pollinator and why are they important? What is composting? This program discusses several types of farms and highlights the husbandry and roles of various farm animals. We also talk about the importance of composting and pollination with regard to farms, gardens, and wild habitats.

Aligns with MA Life Science PreK-2 standards LS1, LS2, LS3, LS6, LS8; RI Grade Span Expectations (K-2) in Science LS1-1, LS1-2, LS1-3, LS1-4, LS1-5, LS2-6; and CT Core Science Curriculum 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 2.4

 

Can You Dig It?

Grades 1-2
45 minutes, 4-5 animals, up to 40 people
$275 for one presentation ($100 additional presentation on same day)

What are fossils? How do prehistoric animals compare to living animals? What are “living fossils”? Which modern-day animals are relatives of dinosaurs? These questions and more will be answered during this program as we investigate the world of fossils, dinosaurs, and other prehistoric animals.

Aligns with MA Life Science PreK-2 standards LS1, LS2, LS5; RI Grade Span Expectations (K-2) in Science LS1-1, LS1-4, LS3-9; and CT Core Science Curriculum 1.2, 2.2

 

Remarkable Reptiles

Grades 3-5
45 minutes, 4-5 animals, up to 40 people
$275 for one presentation ($100 additional presentation on same day)

Scales, scutes, and shells, oh my! This program explores the traits that classify animals as reptiles and discusses characteristics of various types of reptiles. Learn whether or not reptiles are slimy, how snakes smell with their tongues, how long tortoises can live, and much more about these fascinating creatures!

Aligns with MA Life Science Grades 3-5 standards LS1, LS5, LS6, LS8; RI Grade Span Expectations (3-4, 5-6) in Science LS1-1, LS1-2, LS1-4, LS3-8; and CT Core Science Curriculum 3.2, 4.2, 5.2

 

Bird Brains

Grades 3-5
45 minutes, 4-5 animals, up to 40 people
$375 for one presentation ($150 additional presentation on same day)

Ever hear someone being referred to as a “bird brain”? Find out why this is actually a compliment and see for yourself how intelligent birds are! This program explores the traits that classify animals as birds and discusses characteristics of various bird species and families. In addition, we also demonstrate a range of avian behaviors and intelligence during a brief discussion about positive reinforcement training.

Aligns with MA Life Science Grades 3-5 standards LS1, LS5, LS6, LS8; RI Grade Span Expectations (3-4, 5-6) in Science LS1-1, LS1-2, LS1-4, LS3-8; and CT Core Science Curriculum 3.2, 4.2, 5.2

 

Amazing Adaptations

Grades 3-5
60 minutes, 6-8 animals, classroom or assembly
$500 for one presentation ($250 additional presentation on same day)

How do animals survive in the extreme heat or cold? How do animals avoid being eaten? What do pangolins, hedgehogs, and three-banded armadillos all have in common? Learn the answers to these questions and more during this program that is all about adaptations. We discuss how these specialized behavioral, physiological, and physical traits allow animals to survive in their environments.

Aligns with MA Life Science Grades 3-5 standards LS1, LS2, LS5, LS6, LS7, LS8, LS10; RI Grade Span Expectations (3-4, 5-6) in Science LS1-1, LS1-2, LS1-4, LS3-7, LS3-8; and CT Core Science Curriculum 3.2, 4.2, 5.2

 

It’s a Jungle Out There

Grades 6-8
45 minutes, 6-8 animals, up to 100 people
$400 for one presentation ($200 additional presentation on same day)

How do animals survive in the extreme heat or cold? How do animals avoid being eaten? What do pangolins, hedgehogs, and three-banded armadillos all have in common? Learn the answers to these questions and more during this program that is all about adaptations. We discuss how these specialized behavioral, physiological, and physical traits allow animals to survive in their environments.

Aligns with MA Life Science Grades 6-8 standards LS1, LS13, LS17; RI Grade Span Expectations (5-8) in Science LS1-1, LS1-2, LS2-5, LS3-8; and CT Core Science Curriculum 6.2

 

CREATE YOUR OWN PROGRAM

Interested in a topic that is not listed above? No problem! We can customize the topic of our zoomobile program to fit your particular needs. Is the topic listed above, but for a different grade level? No worries! We can easily adjust any of our programs to fit a specific grade or age level. Just contact us for more details and pricing.

Questions? Send us an email at samantha@southwickszoo.com

 

Here’s what educators have to say about ZooMobiles

 

“The  ZooMobile program is an exceptional educational experience where students and teachers get an up close and personal look at the many different animals brought on these trips. The staff of the Southwick’s Zoo do a phenomenal job at showcasing and explaining the unique animals and their unique adaptations. These learning opportunities are fine tuned to be age appropriate and to align with and reinforce our science curriculum. I would highly recommend a visit from the ZooMobile.”

 Peter Blasi, Middle School Science Teacher

 

“The ZooMobile was a terrific addition to our library programming. It was an amazing experience for the children and their families to be sitting in their local library and be able touch the kangaroo, python, and other various animals. Tim and the Earth staff members were engaging, informative, and fun. A visit from the ZooMobile is something that you will not forget.”

Lisa Cheever, former Director of the Millville Free Public Library