Wild Science Academy lets you explore the world of science with the Zoo as your classroom! These affordable and educational drop-off 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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October: Awesome Animals

What makes an animal a mammal, reptile, insect, amphibian or something else? With almost one million species discovered and possibly millions more to go, what makes all these groups part of the animal kingdom? Investigate what makes animal groups alike and different through hands-on activities and up-close animal encounters designed to teach you how to classify and categorize like a real taxonomist.

November: Engineering for Animals

Participate in this class where zoology meets engineering! Humans use engineering to enrich the lives of animals in their care, educate people about endangered species and solve problems for animals in the wild. Investigate examples of animal-focused engineering and practice solving problems by thinking like both a human and a wild animal.

December: Animal Teamwork

All animals – including people – can be stronger together. From animals that live in family groups to solitary species that sometimes work together, teamwork helps many animals survive. Observe animal teammates and investigate how and why they work together. Can animals teach humans lessons about teamwork?

January: Color & Camouflage

Nature uses an incredibly diverse color palette. Investigate and experiment with colors dull and vibrant, patterns that make animals blend in and stand out and everything in-between. From the physics of color to amazing camouflage adaptations, learn all about color in the natural world and meet the animals that wear it best.

February: Animal Migration

Many animal species migrate, but no two migrations look exactly the same. Discover when and why animals migrate, where they go, and how they get there. Learn about the migrations of animals big and small, alone and in groups, famous and infamous. Then, analyze data and create models to investigate environmental changes that impact some of these migrations, including ones that might cross through your own neighborhood!

March: Bones, Tracks & Scat

Field biologists, naturalists, paleontologists, veterinarians and zookeepers study nature in many different ways, but they can all learn about an animal by investigating what it left behind. Look at fresh and fossilized trace evidence just like a real detective and maybe you can help us solve some Zoo mysteries!

April: Conservation Heroes

This Earth Day, come to the Zoo to meet conservation heroes big and small. From individual scientists to whole communities, learn the stories of conservationists, the natural world they protect and the role of zoos in this important work. Discover what the Phoenix Zoo does to support and lead conservation efforts in Arizona and abroad, then find out how you can become a conservation hero!

May: Being Green at the Zoo

What does it mean for a person to “be green”? What about for a whole organization? In this class, look at the Zoo from a different perspective as you explore what we do to reduce, reuse and recycle. Learn about engineering principles so you can design and evaluate sustainable solutions for the future. Join us and help make the Zoo even greener!