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School-based Classes & Assemblies
 

Now, in person or via Zoom, we bring the zoo to you as part of our commitment to wildlife conservation and?education. Book a live animal encounter and presentation with Happy Hollow Park & Zoo.

Encounters with?education?animal ambassadors help people feel more connected to animals, and motivate them to take action to protect the natural world. All programs correlate with Next Generation Science Standards and offer S.T.E.A.M. activity extensions.

Presentations for all ages
Work with the Happy Hollow Education team to customize a program that fits your needs. See topics by grade level below, or call 408-794-6420?for more information or to book.

Scholarships Available

Scholarships, sponsored by Happy Hollow Foundation, are available to cover the cost of these programs for Title I schools within Santa Clara County. Please contact our education team at?408-794-6420?or through the contact form below to learn more.

Classroom Programs

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Assemblies

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Animal Pop?In?Program

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Maximum Number of Participants

35

100

20

Number of Animals

2-3

2-3

1

Program Length

45-60 minutes

  • Includes instruction, live animal ambassadors, interactive activities, conservation messaging and Q & A time).
  • Each program will cater to the age group, and adjust the balance of instruction-versus-Q & A based upon interest and need.

45 – 60 minutes

  • Includes instruction, live animal ambassadors, interactive activities, conservation messaging and Q & A time).
  • Each program will cater to the age group, and adjust the balance of instruction-versus-Q & A based upon interest and need.

20 minutes

  • Informational animal presentation?featuring a single animal ambassador.
  • [Pre-school and older]?Focusing on colors, counting, textures & basic animal trivia for kids
  • [Any age]?This program can be catered for adults as a?business meeting highlight.

Program Fee

$140 first program

 

$125 each additional program

$325 first program

 

$275 each additional program

$100

Age

Topic 1

Topic 2

Everyone

Animal Pop?In?Program?20-minutes?for $100?

  • Informational animal presentation?featuring a single animal ambassador.
  • [Pre-school and older]?Focusing on colors, counting, textures & basic animal trivia for kids
  • [Any age]?This program can be catered for adults as a?business meeting highlight.

PRE-KINDER:?

Happy Habitats
Plants & animals adapt themselves or their homes to find what they need to survive.

  • What animals need to survive
  • How animals change their environment to meet their needs
  • Habitat/Ecosystem/Adaptation

1ST GRADE

Baby Beasts

Ready-to-run or just cracking out of an egg, ready or not, here they come. Baby?animals emerge in different ways.

  • Parent and offspring patterns of behavior to help offspring survive
  • Young plants and animals are similar, but not exactly like their parents
  • Vocabulary: Offspring/Predator/Nocturnal

Nature’s Problem Solvers
Who inspired?the invention of?airplanes, wet suits & LED lights? It is not who you think.

  • Biomimicry-humans copying?nature
  • Adaptations?to?copy
  • Vocabulary: Biomimicry/Adaptations

2nd GRADE

Adaptation Adventure
Plants & animals find or grow the things they need to help them thrive and sometimes?even help each other.

  • Animals find their food while?dispersing?seeds and pollinating?plants?along the way.
  • Habitats?where adaptations match?their environment
  • Pollination/Seed dispersal/Nutrients/Scat/Apiary

Animal Defenses?
Animals grow, wear or claim what they need to defend themselves against the elements?&?other?wild?creatures.

  • Defensive properties & providing their intended purpose
  • Matching defenses to the habitat
  • Vocabulary: Defense/Adaptation/Ecosystem/Diversity

2nd GRADE

Diving into Biodiversity
In the depths of each ecosystem, a variety of life can be discovered.

  • The variety of life in different ecosystems
  • There is?a pattern of biodiversity on the planet
  • Vocabulary:?Diversity/Ecosystem/Biodiversity/Equator

3rd GRADE

Habitat Hunting with Trait Tools?
Location,?location, location that matches the?clothes.

Animals?choose?homes that?match their?needs &?abilities.?[optional 2-part series]

  • Matching adaptations to habitats
  • Adaptation traits inherited [part 1]
  • Adaptation traits chosen to enhance survival [part 2]
  • Animals group for enhancing survival
  • Vocabulary: Environment/Habitat/Traits/Resources/Detrimental

Life Cycle Loop ?
All animals emerge, grow, live, thrive and die in a never-ending?revolution?but not always in the same way.

  • The variety of animal life cycles
  • Variation can provide advantages
  • Vocabulary: Precocial/Altricial/?3 & 4-stage cycles

4th GRADE

Waves?of Wildlife??
Experiments?with erosion?&?waves?caused by wildlife agents of change

  • Burrows as a tool of erosion
  • Wildlife Wavelength experiments; agents of change
    Vocabulary: Erosion/Burrow/Wavelength/Amplitude/Experiment

Sensational Adaptations?
Animals have secret abilities too.?Some superpowers are hidden.

  • Animal adaptations include enhanced senses
  • Adaptations can be?internal
  • Vocabulary: Senses/Physical adaptations/Behavioral adaptations

5th GRADE

Fabulous Food Chains??
Om, nom-nivores?are the ultimate?energy?recyclers.

  • Energy cycles from the sun, to plants, to animals & then?to?decomposers?& back again
  • Categorizing?animals by what they eat
  • Vocabulary: Herbivore/Carnivore/Omnivore/Decomposer/Photosynthesis

The Water all Around Us

What can wildlife tell us about the water all around?

  • The water cycle
  • Wildlife as a water indicator
  • Vocabulary: Precipitation/Runoff/Watershed/Indicator species

6th GRADE

Hand Me Down Genes??
Nature and nurture?–?parents and?the environment determine how life grows.

  • Environmental & genetic factors influence species growth
  • Vocabulary: Genetic factors/Environmental factors/Climate change/Hybrid

Animal Attraction??
When it comes to a mate, animals also look for the best-dressed dancer.

  • Plants & animals use reproductive success strategies to continue their “family tree”
  • Attractive appearances & beneficial behaviors
  • Vocabulary: Reproductive success/Resource availability
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