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"We protect what we care about, and we care about what we know well. If students are encouraged to explore the natural world - to learn about local plants and animals, to observe and anticipate seasonal patterns, to get their feet wet in local rivers - they are more likely to develop a lifelong love of nature that will translate into a lifelong commitment to environmental stewardship"
-Tim Grant & Gail Littlejohn
Adam and his animal ambassadors offer educational school programs from Kindergarten through 12th grade, all brought to your location! All programs offer the unique chance of getting up close and personal with exotic animals, with the primary focus of education for appreciation!
Learning about the natural world we live in and the animals we share it with is the most influential way to inspire students to save our planet. Through interactive and hands-on learning, our age-appropriate school programs are designed to engage students of all ages and backgrounds, from private to public, and home school.
We provide copies of our "Animal Encounter Books" (1 per student), "Teacher-Animal Encounter Book" (with answers), and an (optional) "post animal activity" for students to complete after our visit.
Your program covers a number of Florida State Standards and is broken into 3 parts.
Post Animal Activity:
Upon our departure students will have a much greater understanding of the standards covered, but the learning is not over yet! After our visit, students can continue their animal education learning and researching about Florida's most famous animal, alligators, focusing on conservation and protection. This post animal activity is designed to further implement the standards taught throughout your program. Students will focus on conservation and protection while they learn the importance of living with animals and how we can all help protect our animal friends!
Ask about our optional assessment you can choose to give your class pre/post program.
Our Elementary programs have exploration areas to keep your students engaged throughout the entire program! Our sand, water, touch, and smell stations are not only exciting and engaging, they're educational!
Get face-to-face with our animals to learn all about Adam’s Animal Ambassadors! Collaborating with a partner to collect data, students will keep record of their investigations to use in educational activities after the outreach. Students will become familiar with how we use our 5 senses while discovering some amazing animal traits that allow them to survive in their environments.
Get up close and personal with our animals to learn what makes an animal an animal and the differences between living and non-living things! Working in teams, students will collect data, keeping record of their investigations to raise questions about the natural world. They will become familiar with how we use our 5 senses, discovering amazing adaptations allowing animal parents and their offspring to survive!
Discover unique adaptations as students learn about
metamorphosis and various animal life cycles. Getting up close with our different critters, they will recognize basic needs for survival and why different habitats are home to different animals. Students will make inferences based off observation and compare them with other groups as they explore our animal ambassadors!
Learn the differences between invertebrates and vertebrates and investigate how animals are classified. In teams, students will collect empirical evidence and keep appropriate records on the similarities and differences between classes of vertebrate animals. Through exploration and observation, they will be able to infer which class of animals (reptiles, mammals, amphibians, birds, fish) a vertebrate belongs.
Meet live animals and raise questions about the natural world as students learn how the sun’s energy travels along food chains. Through exploration, individually and in teams, they will learn about metamorphosis in Florida animals, and how these life cycles are affected by seasons. Students will learn about consumers and producers and be able to apply these concepts to an Everglades food web.
Discover unique adaptations as you learn all about organisms and their structures! Students will compare and contrast physical characteristics, behaviors, and life cycles of different animals to identify the adaptations they have allowing them to survive in different environments. They will become familiar with our local environment and how our native animals have survived.
As students grow through middle school, their independence does as well! All of our middle school programs cover multiple science standards throughout the minizoo exploration and the educational presentation!
Learn about the different orders of reptiles by seeing them face-to-face! Sixth graders will analyze and describe how and why organisms are classified according to shared characteristics with emphasis on the Linnaean system combined with the concept of Domains. Students will learn to identify traits of snakes, turtles, and lizards!
Discover unique and interesting animal relationships, both interspecific and intraspecific! Students will learn of evolution by recognizing and explaining ways in which genetic variation and environmental factors contribute to evolution by natural selection and diversity of organisms. As well as how some of those environmental factors can cause extinction!
Meet some of the unique reptiles we share our planet with, and discover their unintended roles influencing our society! Students will have an opportunity during the post activity to design & conduct a study using repeated trials and replication using appropriate reference materials supporting scientific understanding!
High school science classes have hundreds of science standards to cover during their 4 years of school, so we leave it up to you! We searched through ALL of the standards and narrowed it down to 25 that will fit with our program. You, the teacher, can choose 3-4 related standards for you program, and we will incorporate them into your exotic animal program! Or you can pick from one of our already structured programs below!
Learn about the scientific theory of evolution and the various factors influencing it!
Discover how new species increase biological diversity and how we classify them based on characteristics!
Learn about abiotic and biotic fctors in an ecosystem and their interspecific & intraspecifc relationships!
*We try our best to incorporate the standards into each program multiple times during the introduction, stations, education presentation & post program activity*
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