Science & Nature
Design Your Dream Zoo FLEX | (Zoology)
In this Flex class, students will let their imaginations go wild as they design their dream zoo, aquarium, or wildlife sanctuary. To create their zoo, students will consider exhibit design, animal care, visitor experiences, and more!
Allie Wilson, MAT
292 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 18 learners
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class
Over 6 weeks
No live meetings
*Please note that this class is offered live as a camp in summer 2021 but that this course has no live meetings. If you're anything like me, zoos are some of the best places on earth! I love them so much that I have worked at aquariums, wildlife sanctuaries, and nature museums. Have you ever wanted to design a zoo (or aquarium or wildlife sanctuary) with all your favorite animals? Now is your chance! Whether you want an Arctic-themed zoo, a zoo with big cats, or a bird-only zoo, it's your...
Students will practice creativity, problem-solving skills, and innovative thinking by creating a zoo. Students will practice giving attention to details that make a zoo successful. Students will also grow in their understanding of practical zoology and will likely grow in their love of animals and the natural world!
I am a teacher with experience with both middle school and high school students, teaching zoology, biology, and environmental science. Before teaching, I worked for a primate sanctuary, a major aquarium, and three science/nature museums, all working directly with animals from sloths to jellyfish to poisonous frogs.
The time that students spend on this class will vary widely depending on your student. A student likely could complete the week's tasks in an hour or two, but would absolutely have the freedom to spend several hours a week on it if they would like. Students are always welcome to simplify or expand the project as needed.
Learners may complete the class digitally or may use art supplies. Students completing the project digitally could use Google docs, slides, or other modeling software. Students making a physical project may want to use paper, poster board, markers, paint, colored pencils, etc.
I will give thorough and frequent feedback to students. Formal grades or written comments available upon request.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
I am a firm advocate for well-run zoos and aquariums (which I consider to mean certified by the Association for Zoos and Aquariums in the US and similar groups elsewhere). That said, I encourage students to think about the implications of animal captivity for themselves. Students should feel comfortable if they disagree with me on the merits of zoos and are welcome to pursue a model of a wildlife refuge or sanctuary. Regardless of model, all students will need to thoroughly consider animal welfare (i.e. we aren't going to put a tiger and some rabbits and some penguins all in a 10x10 exhibit).
Allie Wilson, MAT
Professional conservationist and lover of our planet's weird and wonderful wild.
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
292 total reviews
310 completed classes
Scroll down for class information, policies, and tuition assistance if you are unable to afford my classes. 🦎ABOUT ME🦑 Hi! I'm Allie. I'm a science teacher from Arkansas and I LOVE animals, zoology, and biology. I teach at Outschool because,...