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Homeschool Families Get Away at the Dallas Zoo on April 8
Mar 18, 2013

Homeschooling is no vacation, and families that educate children at home often utilize programs developed by educators at the Dallas Zoo. Students develop observation skills, critical thinking and problem solving abilities through studying biology, genetics, nutrition, measurement, research skills, conservation, and earth science. Language, literacy, and phonemic awareness go hand-in-hand with descriptions of animals, identification systems, and popular books. Nature-based designs influence creative arts. The Dallas Zoo and its community partners, including the Dallas Arboretum, Cease the Grease – Dallas Water Utilities, City of Dallas Recycling, and Texas Discovery Gardens, will share activities and information on programs for homeschoolers at Homeschool Day at the Dallas Zoo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, April 8.

“Many of the ideas our educational team offers are developed with the TEKS and Environmental Education guidelines in mind,” said Marti Copeland, director of education for the Dallas Zoo and Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. “We are always looking for ways to spark interest, share knowledge, encourage conservation, and connect people to the natural world.”

Guests can explore biofacts, such as bones, skins, feathers, and eggs at the Dallas Zoo’s biofact booth. Zookeepers will offer informational talks throughout the day. Families also can sign up for an interactive Animal Adventure show. The exciting 45-minute live animal show features several feathered, furry, and scaly animals that can’t be seen anywhere else at the Zoo. Another option for families is the purchase of a Safari Backpack filled with Zoo science activities that can be used during the day’s visit or as part of the home curriculum.

Admission for Homeschool Day is $5 per person for families that preregister by March 29. It is free for DZS members. The Animal Adventure show is $3 per person and Safari Backpacks are $6 per backpack. Parking is $8 per car. For more information or to preregister, visit DallasZoo.com, email Education@DallasZoo.com, or call 469.554.7300.