Chehaw’s Education Department provides an array of fun and informative programs for children, teachers, families, and groups of all kinds. Its programs are designed to help people of all ages and abilities learn through experience, involvement, and discovery. Whether it’s a school field trip or a week-long camp adventure, our educators are here to make your visit to the Chehaw a fun and educational experience.
Groups may schedule a presentation between the hours of any day of the week during normal zoo hours 9:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. Animal Presentations will take place in the Wildlife Theater and are $75 per program (for up 100 people); this price does not include park and zoo admission. Our amphitheater seats approximately 100 people. See the registration sheet for booking and pricing information. The available programs are listed below.
The zoo comes to you! Please see the registration form for pricing and booking information. The available programs are listed below.
Many of the programs delivered on Chehaw’s grounds can be presented at another location. The programs are designed to enhance teacher’s curricula by presenting the material with hands-on animal and biofact encounters. All Programs are based around Georgia’s state learning standards (GPS), therefore are easily incorporated into teacher’s curricula. Many of the programs easily fit into the curricula for multiple grade levels and are presented in a manner that is appropriate for your classes’ age, grade level, and GPS. You can download a Registration Form here. Below are Chehaw’s program offerings, a brief description, grade level recommendations, and Georgia Performance Standards covered by the Georgia Department of Education.
This program is an introduction to animals and their basic needs as a living organism. Children will use their five senses to compare and contrast different types of animals and their life cycles. This Program is recommended for:
- K: SKCS1, SKCS2, SKL1, SKL2 & SKP1
- 1st Grade: S1CS1, S1CS5, & S1L1
- 2nd Grade: S2CS1, S2CS5, & S2L1
This program focuses on the many diverse animals native to Georgia and how humans have impacted them. Students will learn about animals’ habitats and the adaptations they use for survival. This program is recommended for:
- K: SKL1, SKL2, SKCS1, & SKCS2
- 3rd: S3CS1, S3L1, & S3L2
This program examines the flow of energy through an ecosystem. Students will compare the different methods plants and animals use to obtain energy, what different animals eat (including predator/prey relationships), and the connection between animals and their environment. We will also explore how the predator/prey relationships and animal adaptations contribute to natural selection and gene flow. This program is recommended for:
- 4th: S4CS1, S4CS4, S4L1 & S4L2
- 6th: S6CS1 & S6E6 7th: S7C71, S7CS9, S7L4, & S7L5
- 8th: S8CS1 & S8P2 H.S. Bio: SCSh1, SB4 & SB5
- H.S. En. Science: SCSh1, SEV1 & SEV2
Students will learn about the animals that come out at night. We will discuss the reasons some animals are nocturnal and the adaptations they use to help them survive. We will also compare nocturnal animals with their diurnal counterparts. This program is recommended for:
- K: SKCS1, SKL1 & SKL2
- 1st: S1CS1, S1SC5 & S1L1
- 3rd: S3CS1 & S3L2
- 4th: S4CS1 & S4L2
During this program we will discuss differences in the anatomy and reproduction of invertebrates and vertebrates. The primary goal of this program is to allow students to compare and contrast the five main groups of vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds). This program is recommended for:
- 5th: S5CS1, S5CL1 & S5L2
- High School Bio: SCSh1, SB3 & SB5
People of all ages enjoy learning from hands-on animal interactions. This program is perfect for any group, young or young at heart. Book this program for the opportunity to learn about the amazing things animals do!
- 1st: S1CS1, S1CS5, S1L1
As the human population grows, humans have a larger effect on the earth and in turn the earth has a larger effect on society. This program focuses on three major environmental issues (1) invasive species and their effect on local ecosystems, (2) how humans are controlling pest species populations, and (3) the effect humans have on the earth (like pollution, extinction, and spread of disease). This program is recommended for:
- 4th: S4CS1, S4L1 & S4L2
- 7th: S7CS1 & S7L4
- H.S. Biology: SCSh1, SEV3 & SEV5
- H.S. En. Science: SCSh1, SEV1, SEV2 & SEV5
Animals can be so wonderful and amazing, but not all animals make great pets. There are reasons we don’t all have lions, monkeys, or raccoons at home. Students will learn the reasons that some animals make great pets and why other animals are best left in the wild. This program is recommended for:
- K: SKCS1 & SKL2
- 1st: S1CS1, S1CS5, S1L1