3rd-5th Grade

The Greenville Zoo's Education Department offers lively hands-on programs sure to engage students as they learn. Programs are 45 minutes in length. All programs are designed to complement the South Carolina curriculum standards. 

Fees


Cost is $45 per program, per classroom. (This does not include admission to the zoo.) Class capacity is 30 students / 3 teachers - no exceptions. Please have extra adults, chaperones, and siblings enjoy the zoo on their own during program time. Total payment is due within three weeks of reservation.

Registration


Contact the zoo education department to schedule your group's program. (864) 467-4850 or fill out the online group registration formDue to popularity, programs need to be booked at least three weeks in advance.

3  Grade 3


Habitats!!!


  • Meets South Carolina 2014 Science Academic Standards 3.L.5A & 3.L.5A.1
Find out what makes a home a habitat as we look at them on a larger scale. This highly-interactive program explores the differences between the deserts, tundra, grasslands, oceans, and rainforests. 

Secrets of Survival


  • Meets South Carolina 2014 Science Academic Standards 3.L.5B.2
Explore the secrets of survival. Defense strategies such as camouflage, mimicry, and behavior are introduced along with the familiar methods of defense like shells, spikes, poison, and venom. 

Wild Carolina


  •  Meets South Carolina 2014 Science Academic Standards 3.E.4B.1 and Social Studies Standards 3-1.1 and 3-1.2
Explore the world that is in your own backyard! From the beaches to the mountains, this program looks at the habitats and the inhabitants found here in the Carolinas. 

Chain of Life

 
  • Meets South Carolina 2014 Science Academic Standards 3.L.5A.2
Students learn how animals are built to eat, what they do, and how animals rely on one another for their own survival in the chain of life. We will discuss the roles of producers, consumers, decomposers, predators, and prey.

Slippery When Wet 


  • Meets South Carolina 2014 Science Academic Standards 3.E.4A.2; 3.E.4A.3 & 3.L.5B.1
Dive into the world of wetlands to explore how these fragile systems are so critical to biodiversity and environmental health. Hop and slither along the way with some animal guests as students discover how they can help be better stewards to the environment. 
This program has been developed to allow schools within the City of Greenville to meet requirements of the City of Greenville Stormwater Utility Fee Credit policy. You are eligible for this credit (which will come back to the school in local funds from the district level) if you send a full grade level to this program annually. For more information, please contact City engineering staff at 864-467-4400 or view the city credit policy.   

Who's Who in the Zoo


How much does a giraffe eat? How does the lion get a shot? Where does the zoo get the animals who live there? Zookeeping techniques and general care of the Greenville Zoo animals are emphasized.

We Built a Zoo

  • Meets 2014 SC Science Academic Standards: 3.L.5A.1

This program is designed to teach students what goes into designing an exhibit for a zoo animal.  It gives an inside look at the process at the Greenville Zoo and provides students with an opportunity to understand the many aspects that are involved in animal care and exhibit design.


4 Grade 4


Animal Kingdom


  • Meets South Carolina 2014 Science Academic Standards 4.L.5A.1 and 2005 Science Academic Standards 4-2.1
We compare invertebrates to vertebrates with an emphasis on the five vertebrate classes. Live animals illustrate the basic features of each animal classification.

Secrets of Survival


  • Meets South Carolina 2014 Science Academic Standards 4.L.5B.3
Explore the secrets of survival. Defense strategies such as camouflage, mimicry, and behavior are introduced along with the familiar methods of defense like shells, spikes, poison, and venom.

Surviving Green Kingdom


  • Meets South Carolina 2014 Science Academic Standards 4.L.5B.1
Delve into the exciting world of plants. See how they plant their roots in the wild world.  

Who's Who in the Zoo


How much does a giraffe eat? Hoe does the lion get a shot? Where does the zoo get the animals who live there? Zookeeping techniques and general care of the Greenville Zoo animals are emphasized. 

​We Built a Zoo


  • Meets 2014 SC Science Academic Standards: 4.L.5B.1

This program is designed to teach students what goes into designing an exhibit for a zoo animal.  It gives an inside look at the process at the Greenville Zoo and provides students with an opportunity to understand the many aspects that are involved in animal care and exhibit design.


5 Grade 5


Chain of Life


  • Meets South Carolina 2014 Science Academic Standards 5.L.4B.1; 5.L.4B.2; 5.L.4B.3 & 5.L.4B.4 and 2005 Science Academic Standards 5-2.4
Students learn how animals are built to eat, what they do, and how animals rely on one another for their own survival in the chain of life. We will discuss the roles of producers, consumers, decomposers, predators, and prey. 

Biomes


  • Meets South Carolina 2014 Science Academic Standards 5.L.4A
Find out what makes a home a habitat as we look at them on a larger scale. This highly-interactive program explores the differences between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. 

Kids for Conservation

 
  • Meets South Carolina 2014 Science Academic Standards 5.E.3B; 5.E.3B.3 & 5.E.3B.4 and 2005 Science Academic Standards 5-2.5
Although we strive to explain why so many of Earth's habitats are endangered, we also emphasize how individuals can solve the problems facing Earth and its inhabitants. Find out what you and zoos can do to help make a difference. 

Who's Who in the Zoo


How much does a giraffe eat? Hoe does the lion get a shot? Where does the zoo get the animals who live there? Zookeeping techniques and general care of the Greenville Zoo animals are emphasized. 

We Built a Zoo

  • Meets 2014 SC Science Academic Standards: 5.S.1;5.L.4

This program is designed to teach students what goes into designing an exhibit for a zoo animal.  It gives an inside look at the process at the Greenville Zoo and provides students with an opportunity to understand the many aspects that are involved in animal care and exhibit design.