EDUCATION

School Programs

Caldwell Zoo provides many educational opportunities designed to enrich school curricula. Programs are age-appropriate, interactive learning experiences that incorporate Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

The following 30-minute programs are offered either on zoo grounds (free with zoo admission) or in your classroom (call for outreach costs). All classes must be booked in advance. Class size is limited.

Preschool

Critter Tales

A storybook, a live animal, songs and finger plays make this learning ed-venture more fun than a barrel of you-know-whats!

Kindergarten through 2nd grade

Critter Covers

Fur and feathers, scales and skin – discover vertebrate animal classification by "critter covers."

  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills ("TEKS") for science:
    • Kindergarten: 112.11b: 1 A & B, 2 A, 4 B, 9 A, 10 C & D
    • First Grade: 112.12b: 1 A & B, 2 A, 9 A, 10 C & D
    • Second Grade: 112.13b: 1 A & B, 2 A, 10 A

It All Makes Sense

Use your five senses to learn how animals depend on their senses.

  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills ("TEKS") for health:
    • Kindergarten: 115.2: K4 A & B
    • First Grade: 115.3: 1.4 A & B

Animal Families

Animal babies are always special! Learn how animal parents care for their young ones.

  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills ("TEKS") for science:
    • Kindergarten: 112.11b: 1 A, 2 A, 9 A & B, 10 A
    • First Grade: 112.12b: 1 A, 2 A, 9 A, 10 C & D
    • Second Grade: 112.13b: 1 A, 2 A, 9 A, 10 C

3rd through 6th grade

Animal Addresses

Check out the cool (hot and aquatic, too) ways animals are adapted for survival in their habitats.

  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills ("TEKS") for science:
    • Third Grade: 112.14b: 1 A, 9 A & C, 10 A & B
    • Fourth Grade: 112.15b: 1 A, 10 A
    • Fifth Grade: 112.16b: 1 A, 9 A & C, 10 A
    • Sixth Grade: 112.18: E, 1 A, 12 E

Going, Going, Gone!

What do the black rhinoceros, ring-tailed lemur and African lion have in common? They're all endangered species.

  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills ("TEKS") for science:
    • Third Grade: 112.13b: 1 A, 9 A, 10 A
    • Fourth Grade: 112.15b: 1 A, 3, 10 A
    • Fifth Grade: 112.16b: 1 A, 3, 9 A & C, 10 A
    • Sixth Grade: 112.18: E, 1 A, 12 A

Secrets of Survival

Adaptations are the key to survival. Unlock some of the mysteries behind animal survival.

  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills ("TEKS") for science:
    • Third Grade: 112.14b: 1 A, 10 A & B
    • Fourth Grade: 112.15b: 1 A, 10 A & B
    • Fifth Grade: 112.16b: 1 A, 10 A & B
    • Sixth Grade: 112.18: E, 1 A, 12 E

3rd through 5th grade Extended Stay Programs

These hands-on, very interactive programs are designed to reinforce TEKS through experiments, activities, games and up-close encounters with small animals.

These 90-minute programs are available on zoo grounds ($3.00/student) or in your classroom ($5.00/student). Limited availability in April and May.

Home, Sweet Habitat

Third Graders discover that habitats are crucial for all living organisms.

  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills ("TEKS") for:
    • Science: 112.14b: 1 A & B; 2 A, D & F; 3 A; 9 A & B; 10 A & B
    • Mathematics: 111.15b: 13 C, 14 A
    • Language Arts: 110.14b: 1 A, 15 A & B, 22 Ai & C, 29 A & B, 30, 31

Surviving the Wild

Fourth Graders will learn some of the survival strategies animals use in the wild.

  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills ("TEKS") for:
    • Science: 112.15b: 1 A; 2 B, D, E & F; 3 A; 10 A & B
    • Mathematics: 111.16b: 1 A, 3 A, 13 A & B, 15 A & B, 16 A & B
    • Language Arts: 110.15 b: 1, 2 A, 13 A & B, 17, 27 A & B, 28, 29

Circle of Life

Fifth Graders will know that all living organisms have a life/growth cycle with likenesses that may be inherited or learned.

  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills ("TEKS") for:
    • Science: 112.16b: 9 A, B & C; 10 A, B & C
    • Mathematics: 111.17b: 1 A, 3 A, 12 B, 14 A & B
    • Language Arts: 110.16b: 7; 11 B; 13 A & B; 16 A; 27 A, B & C; 28; 29

7th through 12th grade

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour as you learn more about Caldwell Zoo and the animals that call the zoo home. Please allow 60-90 minutes for the tour. Group sizes are limited.

This Place Is a Zoo!

Zoos are complicated facilities with a definite mission. Find out what Caldwell Zoo is up to.

Conservation Corps

Some of our favorite wildlife and wild places are on the endangered species list. Find out why and what YOU can do.

Dinners and Diners

Caldwell Zoo feeds almost 3,000 animals. Discover what goes into feeding all these hungry mouths.

To schedule your special ed-venture, call Caldwell Zoo's Ed-ZOO-cation Department at (903) 593-0121 ext. 228 or 229.