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.

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

Critter Covers - KINDERGARTEN - 2ND GRADE

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

TEXAS ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS (”TEKS”) FOR SCIENCE:

Kindergarten: 112.11b: 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

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Animal Families - KINDERGARTEN - 2ND GRADE

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

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It All Makes Sense - KINDERGARTEN - 2ND GRADE

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

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Animal Addresses - 3RD - 6TH GRADE
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

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Going, Going, Gone! - 3RD - 6TH GRADE
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

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Secrets of Survival - 3RD - 6TH GRADE
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

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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 45-60 minutes for your tour. Group sizes are limited.

This Place Is a Zoo! - 7TH - 12TH GRADE

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

Conservation Corps - 7TH - 12TH GRADE
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 - 7TH - 12TH GRADE
Caldwell Zoo feeds almost 3,000 animals. Discover what goes into feeding all these hungry mouths.

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