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The Saint Louis Zoo opened 1910. Housed in Forest Park, the zoo remains one of the few free zoos in the country. The Saint Louis Zoo is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary- it’s “Zootennial” – this year; there are many special programs and exhibits at the renovated historic elephant house taking place in 2010.
For those of you who aren’t able to visit the Saint Louis Zoo in person, you should know the education department offers interactive videoconferences for K-12 classrooms. The Saint Louis Zoo’s videoconferences have also been aligned to the following National Science Education Standards, depending on the grade level:
NS.K – 12.1 Science as Inquiry
NS.K – 12.3 Life Science
NS.5 – 12.6 Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Videoconference fee: $125 per program plus connection costs, if applicable.
Today we had not one, but two videoconferences with the Saint Louis Zoo! This was my first connection with our hometown Zoo. Our groups connected to learn about the Penguin & Puffin Coast. (If you haven’t been to the Penguin & Puffin Coast at the Saint Louis Zoo, you need to go- or connect to this videoconference- it’s a must see!) During the videoconference, students learned about penguins and puffins and about the cold areas in the northern and southern hemispheres of the globe. They participated in activities to learn about how these animals survive in their cold climates and they got up to use their own bodies to figure out the locations hemispheres of the earth. (Can you guess what Line is where your belly button located? Which pole holds your toes?)
Though admission to the Saint Louis Zoo is free, this videoconference was $125. The kids saw animals in the studio with presenter Lisa Berman, asked & answered questions, and watched video footage of the penguins and puffins. The program wrapped with a song about penguins.