Visit a Zoo - Virtually

Akron Zoological Park

(Akron, Ohio) 

Have a face-to-face encounter with a Sumatran tiger or Malayan sun bear 

Contact: Patti Villers
Bronx Zoo

(Bronx, New York)

Largest metropolitan wildlife Conservation Park in the United States, "Awesome Adaptations", "Animal Colors", many other expeditions, some include Spanish/English handbooks

Contact: Erin Fitzgerald, Distance Learning Instructor 718-220-5131
Buffalo Zoo

(Buffalo, New York)

A variety of programs, including "Animal Enrichment" and "Rainforest Experience"

Contact: Rebecca Russo, Distance Learning Coordinator 716-837-3900 x182
Cape May County Park and Zoo

(Cape May, NJ)

"Overview of the Animal Kingdom,"  Using the barn owl as a videoconference focus during a class dissection of owl pellets makes science come alive!

Contact: Education Director 609-465-6832
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

(Cincinnati, Ohio)

Theme programs, problem-based learning, and zoo careers  

"Nobody Likes Me" students learn the important roles of bugs, mice, bats, frogs, and snakes. Contact: Ken Freeman, Distance Learning Coordinator 513-475-6130
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

(Cleveland, Ohio)

"bio-facts and/or live animals provide an up close, experience" that will be both "enjoyable and educational." Special programs from the trumpeter swan to the wild wolf are long remembered after the videoconference!

Contact: Distance Learning Coordinator 216-661-6500 x3391
Elephant Sanctuary

(Hohenwald, Tennessee)

"Image and voice are transported live, allowing the visitor to view an elephant"s daily life without causing any intrusion." Visit Barbara, Tarra and Jenny the elephants that "loaded up their trunks and moved to Tennessee!"

Contact: Carol Buckley, Educational Outreach Director
Healesville Sanctuary

(Melbourne, Australia)

In the 1940"s the Sanctuary hatched the first Platypus ever bred in captivity. Programs introduce numerous native species including dingoes, kangaroos, and helmeted honeyeaters. 

Contact: e-mail (03) 9285 9355
Indianapolis Zoo

(Indianapolis, Indiana)

Offers individual classes or classes in a series. "Students from learn about the smallest zoo residents, the leaf cutter ants, to the largest zoo residents, the African elephants" even from the Bottlenose dolphin pool. 

Contact: Indianapolis Zoo Distance Learning Educator  317-630-2042
Lee Richardson Zoo

(Garden City, Kansas)

Offers a variety of "zoo-ey" programs.

Contact: Kelly Miller, Distance Learning Coordinator 620-276-1250
Louisville Zoo

Louisville, Kentucky

It is the home to some of the largest and rarest animals on the planet. The Zoo partners with Male High School for their Zoo videoconference presentations that meet National Science Education Standards. The main focus is to use live animals covering a variety of topics from reptiles to tropical rainforests.

Contact: Marcelle Gianelloni, Curator of Education 502-238-5328
Marine Education Center and Aquarium

Athens, Georgia

Part of the University of Georgia, the Marine Center "can provide classes on coastal ecology, geology, water quality and groundwater issues, ichthyology, fisheries, marine invertebrates, marine mammals, plankton, herpetology, and more. Our proximity to, and relationship with, the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography allows for access to research scientists who can provide lessons on cutting edge topics in oceanography."

Contact: Bob Williams 912-598-2338
Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne, Australia

Program being "taught by the Zoo Education Service"s fully qualified teachers. Students will be able to see live animals such as Green Tree Frogs, snakes and lizards. Programs will utilize a variety of video footage, biofacts and interactive discussion to give students a most engaging and relevant experience."

Contact: link
Mote Marine Laboratory

Sarasota, Florida

The distance learning program, which is known as "Sea Treck," offers a variety of programs, including: "Sharks: Devouring the Myths" where students examine facts about sharks and "Sea Turtles: Amazing Reptiles of the Sea" focusing on the conservation of sea turtles.

Contact: Julia Mair, Director of Distance Learning 800-691-MOTE / 1-941-388-4441 or
National Aviary

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Inspires respect for nature through an appreciation of birds. It is located in Their RAVEN distance-learning program offers schools and other organizations anywhere in the world a unique opportunity to study and learn about birds. "Bill of Fare" and "Vanishing Wings" are just two of the programs.

Contact: e-mail  415-323-7235
New Jersey Aquarium

Camden, New Jersey

Offers exciting videoconferencing programs. "Penguin Planet" and "Survival of the Sharks" are among their most asked about programs. Thirty minute programs are aligned with Core Curriculum Content Standards and National Science Benchmarks.

Contact: M. Kain 856-365-3300 ext. 329
Newport Aquarium

Newport, Kentucky

"The Newport Aquarium brings to the banks of the Ohio River some of the world"s most advanced, creative technology -- not to mention amazing animals -- all designed to take you around the globe, visiting each continent, every ocean and hundreds of waterways in between."

Contact: link 859-261-7444
Ocean Institute

Dana Point, California

"It is a leader, serving as a resource to museums, school districts, teachers, and others who seek to enhance and strengthen their educational programs.  The curriculum vailable programs crosses content all traditional disciplines, but draws heavily from history and the sciences using content derived from the ocean." 

Contact: Jon Witt, Videoconference Coordinator 949-496-2274 ext 330
San Diego Zoo

San Diego, CA

Conference with zoo educators on a variety of topics, animial presentations by staff can cover several animal and conservation subjects.

Contact: 619-231-1515 ext. 4139
Shedd Aquarium

Chicago, Illinois offers many different videoconference opportunites for educatiors and students.  The programs are designed to bring aquatic themes to your students.  Programs include virtual class visits as well as teacher in-service.

Contact: Rachel Gross 1-313-692-3324
Stony Broook Village

Long Island, New York

Students can study the temperate salt marsh via videoconference from the 88 acre wetland preserve, in cooperation with the Marine Sciences Research Center at S.U.N.Y Stony Brook.
Tennessee Aquarium

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Houses the world"s largest freshwater aquarium, let the education department bring some of the wonders of the natural world to your classroom.  Currently featured are several of the creatures that reside at the aquarium such as the Giant Marine Toad, and the bright red Tomato Frog.

Contact: Amanda Worley, Education Technology Coordinator 800-262-0695
Toledo Zoo

Toledo, Ohio

Meet live animals, explore exhibits, participate in learning activities with the Zoo"s education personnel, talk with Zoo keepers, and interact with peers at other locations.

Contact: 419-385-5721, ext 2044
Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor

Stone Harbor, New Jersey

"Electronic Field Trips allow teachers and students to speak directly with Institute scientists about conservation issues concerning the coastal habitats."  Appropriate topics ranging from terrapin conservation to salt marsh ecology, for grades K-12, are available.

Contact: e-mail 609-368-1211