Extended Learning

Education is one of our main focuses here at Potter Park Zoo. Check out our award winning education programs that will inspire conservation of animals and the natural world for both students and adults.

photo of kids learning about zoo animals.

BIG Zoo Lesson

Students, parents, and teachers use Potter Park Zoo as their classroom for a week-long, in-depth study of biological sciences. They talk with wildlife experts, observe animal behaviors, and research animals from all over the world. The BIG Zoo Lesson is an interdisciplinary, problem-based approach to teaching and learning. Today’s children are the future stewards of zoos and the greater world. The BIG Zoo Lesson offers them the opportunity to learn about animals, careers, and their role in conserving the world’s natural treasures.

photo of kids outside at the zoo learning about animals.

2 @ the Zoo

If you’ve been looking for a way to engage in place-based learning with your students, look no further! 2 @ the Zoo is a unique way for classroom teachers and other educators to have an immersive, two day experience for their students using the zoo as their classroom.