Virtual Classes and Tours
Can’t make it to the Zoo? Whether you are learning from home or in a classroom, connect to the zoo and learn about wildlife through these interactive and engaging virtual classes and tours. These programs align with state science standards and explore topics such as tropical rainforests, Minnesota animals, enrichment, adaptations, and ocean conservation.
All virtual tours and classes take place on the Zoom platform. Each program is approximately 30-45 minutes long and can accommodate up to 25 devices/people ($100/tour or class).
Virtual Classes and Virtual Tours are offered during the school-year September 19, 2022 through May 12, 2023 at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, and 11:00 am Monday through Friday.
Virtual Tours are also offered Monday through Friday during the summer months (June-August) at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.
To register, fill out the request form below. Custom programs are available for an additional fee. If you have any further questions, please email [email protected].
Virtual Tours (30 minutes long)
Choose from the following themes:
Ocean Tour featuring Discovery Bay (grades K-12)
Coral reefs harbor the greatest diversity of life in the ocean. In this program, we’ll navigate these underwater “cities” and explore the variety of life under the sea in Discovery Bay. View our shark reef, tidal pools, sea horses, and more! This tour is designed to highlight the importance of marine ecosystems and what we can all do to protect them.
Rainforest Tour featuring the Tropics Trail (grades K-12)
From the forest floor to the canopy and beyond, many unique and interesting plants can be found here and nowhere else. Although usually well-camouflaged, we’ll also uncover some of the amazing animals that call these plants home. Come with us on a tour of a section of our Tropics trail and meet some of its amazing inhabitants!
Penguin Tour (grades K-12) - ONLY offered in the summer (June-August)
It is time to meet the penguins—virtually! During this 30-minute experience, you will visit our South African penguin exhibit and see what makes these birds so amazing. Learn more about how penguins are able to "fly" underwater, stay warm in cooler waters, and much more!
Virtual Classes (30-45 minutes long)
Choose from the following themes:
Penguin Palooza (grades K-2)
What makes a penguin so amazing? Through interactive activities learn about penguin adaptations, how penguins meet their survival needs in the wild, and how they’re cared for at the zoo.
Rainforest Adventure (grades K-2)
Travel through the layers of the rainforest and discover the rich diversity of plants and animals that live there. Meet an animal ambassador to make observations of adaptations suitable for survival in the rainforest.
Animal Enrichment (grades 3-5)
Celebrate the science behind helping wildlife thrive! Science is used every day in a zoo to observe our animals’ behaviors, set goals, and assess progress! Join us to learn how animal observation data is collected and used to plan and assess successful enrichments to encourage natural behaviors!
Wild Superpowers (grades 3-5)
Discover the hidden superpowers in wild animals through this jeopardy style game. Meet an animal ambassador to explore unique adaptations to survive in their environments.
Advanced Animal Enrichment (grades 6-12)
Go deeper into exploring the science behind helping wildlife thrive! Our zookeepers collect data to understand behaviors, set goals, and assess progress! Join us to learn how animal observation data is collected and used to plan and assess successful enrichments to encourage natural behaviors!
Minnesota Moose Mystery (grades 6-12)
The moose, a large gentle giant has been a long-standing icon for the state of Minnesota but there has been a steep population decline. What exactly is happening and what is the current status of the population? This program will focus on the Zoo’s contribution to research and examine the complex evidence of moose population decline in Minnesota. Students will engage in a simulated moose management plan as part of the class.
To register, fill out the request form below. If you have any further questions, please email [email protected].
Virtual tours/classes must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance. Please note, as part of our new ticketing procedures, we are now asking for payment to be made by credit card or single check in advance of your virtual class or tour.
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124
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