Wild Science Academy lets you explore the world of science with the Zoo as your classroom! These affordable and educational two-hour classes teach science through animal interactions, behind-the-scenes experiences, laboratory investigations, group projects, Zoo hikes and other inquiry-based learning activities. Designed for home school students, but open to all, Wild Science Academy is perfect for any young student with a desire to learn more about the science of zoos. Each class is also developed using Arizona Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

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January: Feathers

Feathers are one of the most diverse adaptations in nature. They not only aid birds in flight, but also in warming up, cooling off, staying dry and communicating with birds and other animals. In this class, students will investigate the structure of feathers and how it relates to their various functions through hands-on activities and up-close animal encounters.

February: Insects - Population Genetics

Though they may be small, insects give scientists an opportunity to study huge concepts like population genetics. In this course, students will refresh their knowledge of genetics and apply the basic concepts to imagined and real-world insect populations. Through models and games, students will investigate the random and nonrandom elements that affect population genetics. Then, they will use these ideas as they explore the Zoo’s “Bugs. BIG Bugs!” exhibit on a guided tour.

March: Water World

Arizona may not be known for water, but this vital resource is important for plants and animals that call this state home—including us! Students will learn about the living things that rely on access to water in our desert and riparian environments, model the paths that water takes through our state from the smallest droplet to a river system and observe the amazing water-related adaptations of Arizona species. With a basis in water conservation science, students will apply their experiences to develop hands-on experiments and projects to share with their families.

April: Animal Communication

Communication is a key to success; for many animals, it is the key to survival! This course introduces students to different forms of communication from chemical cues to infrasonic sound waves that are employed by animals to stay alive. Students investigate animal nervous systems and how various forms of communication are generated, received and interpreted.

May: Biomimicry & Design

Calling all biologists, innovators and engineers! Animals can teach humans a great deal about how to survive and thrive in our environment. In this course, students will explore how humans have engineered innovative structures, materials and other devices to improve our quality of life, simply by looking to nature for inspiration. This will be accomplished through up-close animal encounters and creative group engineering. Students will use the engineering process to help solve a real-world problem.