Ford Education Center Field Trips



Give your class a healthy dose of Vitamin Z!

Discover the Detroit Zoo, an extension of your classroom! The Ford Education Center is the heart of education opportunities that await you and your students. Our programs complement Michigan Grade Level and High School Content Expectations while addressing Next Generation Science Standards. Programs are offered year-round. Maximum group size is noted in the program descriptions.  

All programs have a minimum of 15 students and require a $25 deposit.  Programs are available at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted. Current availability is available here or by calling (248) 541-5717 ext. 3800.

 Polar Bear Paw Animal Size

Audience: Kindergarten - Grade 1
Length of Program: 45 minutes
Cost: $50 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/7 chaperones)
State Correlations:  S.IP.00.14, S.IP.00.15, S.IP.00.16

How do you measure up?  Are you as tall as a tiger?  Do you have paws as big as a polar bear?  Students will use non-standard measurement to explore the amazing diversity of animal size.

   
 Penguin Tales Penguin Project

Audience: Grade 2 - Grade 3
Length of Program: 90 minutes
Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/6 chaperones)
State Correlations:  S.IP.02.14, S.IP.02.15, S.IP.02.16

Find out what it's like to be a penguin keeper!  Students will practice their data collection skills in the lab and then head to the Penguinarium to conduct a live study of penguin behavior.

   
 zoo quest Web of Life

Audience: Grade 4 - Grade 5
Length of Program: 90 minutes
Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
State Correlations: L.EC.04.11, L.EC.04.21

See what lies beneath the surface through this hands-on science exploration. Students will take water samples from a lake on zoo grounds and investigate how the aquatic food chain works in Michigan's freshwater systems.

   

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Virtual Dissection

Audience: Grade 6 - Grade 8
Length of Program: 90 minutes
Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
NGSS:  MS-LS1-3

Each year, millions of animals are dissected in schools. The Detroit Zoo offers a fun and interactive alternative. Come and experience Digital Frog 2.5! Our Humane Science Lab is equipped with everything you need to participate in a full, virtual frog dissection without harming any animals.

   
habitat design2 Zoo Habitat Design

Audience: Grade 6 - Grade 8
Length of Program: 90 minutes
Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
NGSS: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4

Come to the Zoo with your art, engineering and science skills ready! Students will explore the Arctic Ring of Life and use this exhibit as a case study before designing their own zoo habitat.

   

Zoologist Camp

Zoo Careers

Audience: Grade 9 - Grade 12
Length of Program: 90 minutes
Cost: $75 per class, plus admission (maximum 35 students/5 chaperones)
State Correlations:  Educational Development Plan - Career Exploration

Do you belong in a zoo? Discover the array of fascinating zoo job opportunities that encompass a variety of career fields. Even if science is not your chosen field, there may be a place for you!