Thematic Educational Activities
The AZA Conservation Education
Committee (CEC) has compiled thematic educational activities that have been
developed by educators at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums. These resources
focus on topics of conservation concern and are designed to provide ideas
and inspiration for AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium education program or
summer camp development and to assist with their planning for special AZA
annual conservation initiatives.
The AZA Conservation Education Committee, Amphibian Taxonomic
Advisory Group, and a Year of the Frog Task Force have developed a
variety of activities to raise awareness about amphibian declines and
engage the public in their conservation efforts. These resources, some
of which are presented in Spanish and at different difficulty levels,
are meant to be used and adapted (please keep the AZA logo intact), as
appropriate, for amphibian-themed educational efforts. Read more about
Amphibian Education Activities.
The United Nations (UNEP) declared 2012 as International
Year of the Bat (YOTB) and zoos and aquariums joined the celebration and
continue to raise awareness of bats and engage the public in their
Conservation International developed an Events Suitcase, containing the
following downloadable activities. More information and materials are
available from www.batcon.org/aza.
Live Webcast from Bracken Bat Cave
A live electronic
field trip was held on September 18, 2012, at the Bracken Bat Cave near San
Antonio, Texas, which is the summer home of the world's largest bat colony.
Watch millions of bats emerge from the cave at BatsLIVE: A Distance Learning
Orangutan Conservation Education Activities
Are you an educator looking for new, innovative, and fun ways to teach
kids about the importance of orangutan conservation? The AZA Orangutan
Species Survival Plan® (SSP) has compiled materials to aid educators
in accessing constructive and engaging materials from one centralized
interface. The materials provided are suitable for
incorporation into a variety of educational settings. Resources are
not grade specific, but they are labeled for grade congruence when
applicable. The activities encompass videos and a variety of lesson
plans that will encourage students to examine, question, and analyze the
pressing matter of orangutan conservation.
An extensive Matrix
of Ecological Footprint Education Resources (pdf) and a variety of related
education activities has been developed to help raise awareness about
ecological footprints and engage the public in their reduction efforts. Read
more about Ecological
Footprint Education Activities.
Proper Pet Education Activities
Education activities relating to Why Wild Animals
Do Not Make Good Pets have been developed to help raise awareness about the
complex behavioral, social, physical, nutritional, health care, and
psychological needs wild animals possess and to encourage the public to select
proper pets. Read more about Proper
Pet Education Activities.
PetWatch is an online resource modeled after the Monterey
Bay Aquarium's SeafoodWatch program that provides consumers with a
science-based list of the Best, Fair and Worst choices of exotic pets based
on extensive research aimed at protecting native wildlife and resources,
global biodiversity and public health. Check out the Switzer Network News video for more information.
SMILE: Science & Math Informal Learning Educators
to check out howtosmile.org – a new Web portal created by
UC-Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science and funded by the National Science
Foundation. Howtosmile.org serves educators and others who teach
school-aged children in museum-based programs, zoos, aquaria,
planetariums, libraries, science festivals, camps, clubs and homes. Howtosmile.org includes thousands of freely
accessible online interactive activities that include lesson plans,
field trips, how-to videos, and online games. Users can narrow search
results by age range, subject area, resource type, material costs,
learning time, and source institution. You can earn badges and points for
participating. Sign up for the newsletter and keep up via the howtosmile.org
blog, and on Facebook.
Party for the Planet
Party for the Planet™ is
AZA's signature Earth Day event and the largest combined Earth Day
celebration in North America! Every year, more than 100 AZA-accredited
zoos and aquariums across the country celebrate Party for the Planet™ on
or around Earth Day (April 22) with activities, giveaways and special
events designed for kids of all ages. View the 2014 news release.
World Oceans Day is the
official United Nations (UN) designated international day of ocean celebration
on June 8 of each year. AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across the world
host fun-filled family events to celebrate world oceans and our personal
connection to the sea. Visit the World Oceans Day homepage to