Virtual Zoo Lab


Bring Science Standards To Life With Our Virtual Zoo Lab!

Immerse your students in a weeklong program created to bring science standards to life while also weaving in creative writing, scientific observation, and more.

Base Fee: $700 for 2 classrooms.

Includes 5 synchronous programs, access to all asynchronous videos and supplemental materials, access to all 3 360º exhibit tours, and classroom kits. Additional classrooms may add on synchronous videos for a fee of $75/video for up to 2 classrooms each.

Please contact Rhiannon Mulligan, Education Program Manager, directly if interested in booking this program.     616-336-4301 x3001. 

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Virtual Zoo Lab

Program Components

Our Virtual Zoo Lab allows your students to spend one week learning about animal adaptations, habitats, animal behavior, and conservation. This online learning experience also incorporates creative writing, scientific observation, and more.

Synchronous Programs

Teachers choose 5 Zoo Educator led programs that align best with their curriculum. Examples include; exhibit design, enrichment design, adaptations, and classification, along with many others. 

Asynchronous Programs

The Zoo has created 3 in-depth behind the scenes tours, guiding students through the Zoo Commissary, Vet Hospital, and behind the scenes Aquarium. Animal Observations are done daily to tie in scientific observation as well as creative writing. Observations are facilitated through 3 virtual 360º exhibit tours of the brown bear, meerkat, and red panda exhibits as well as additional Zoo Insider videos. 

Classroom Kits

If you are in the classroom with your students you have the option of utilizing additional materials for lessons including exhibit design kits, penguineering kits, biological artifacts (i.e. skulls, feathers, shells, etc), and materials to conduct a Great Migration learning game. *Delivery is included in price within a 30 mile radius of JBZ.  


What Teachers Have to Say

practical and engaging

"Because we attend Zoo lab and teach about adaptations, we can cut out an entire fourth-grade science unit. This week of learning is practical and engaging for students and definitely beats another BCAMSC unit!"

kids really liked learning this way

"There are SO many things about school that we have had to change this year and while Zoo Lab was also different, kids really liked learning in this way and were excited about it each day."
- Cortney Kittredge, Knapp Forest, FHPS

real-life examples

"In addition to helping us teach these important science standards, my students have a better understanding of why we learn about adaptations, food webs, ecosystems, and practice scientific observation because they now have real-life examples of people using these skills and knowledge for their profession"
- Matthew Evans, Grand Rapids Montessori, GRPS