Utah’s Hogle Zoo is a member of the Informal Science Education Enhancement (iSEE) Program
The iSEE is a collaborative partnership between Clark Planetarium, Discovery Gateway, The Leonardo, The Living Planet Aquarium, Red Butte Garden, Natural History Museum of Utah, HawkWatch International, Thanksgiving Point, Ogden Nature Center, Utah State University Extension, and the Utah State Board of Education. This program is funded through the Utah State Legislature, for all public and charter schools in Utah.
iSEE programs serve K-12 teachers and students and are designed to spark students’ natural curiosity and sense of wonder by providing exciting opportunities to experience science, practice science skills, and gain a deeper understanding of science and science career paths.
Our standards-based Habitat Investigations outreach program is designed to be an exciting complement to what teachers are doing in their classrooms. This 60-minute 2nd grade program focuses on students using science processing skills to explore two Utah habitats: wetlands and deserts. Students analyze an assortment of samples collected by the Zoo’s “research team.” Students make observations and inferences, measure, collect data, and share their results with classmates. They then observe living Utah animals and connect their ideas with the evidence to make conclusions about the adaptations these animals possess to survive in their Utah habitats.
Utah State seed standards addressed
Standard 2.2.1 Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about patterns of living things (plants and animals, including humans) in different habitats.
Standard 2.2.2 Plan and carry out an investigation of the structure and function of plant and animal parts in different habitats. Emphasize how different plants and animals have different structures to survive in their habitat.
2023-24 School Year Programs offered to the following districts:
Charter schools located within the geographic boundaries of those school districts.
Schools who would like a program on their off-rotation year can book a virtual program that will be delivered via Zoom or WebEx.
Teacher Workshops are scheduled periodically throughout the year at Utah’s Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City and in other cities throughout the state.
Teachers will receive training in Growing Up WILD. It is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. Teachers receive theGrowing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children curriculum guide, which is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7. They will also receive additional supporting materials for their classrooms. Growing Up WILD is a multi-award winning program having received the 2009 Family Choice Award and the 2011 Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award.
To get on our teacher professional development email list, please contact Angelina Kump at[email protected].