Middle School

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 science curriculum standards. Scroll down for a list of programs available. 

Fees


Cost is $45 per program, per classroom. Class capacity is up to 30 students/3 teachers - no exceptions. Please have extra adults and chaperones 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 form.
 

Customized Programs


We work with teachers and their staff to develop specialized programs to fit the needs of the class and curriculum. Please contact the Education Department to set up a meeting.

Middle School Career Day


If you are interested in an animal career, this is your opportunity to learn. Check back for the next career day.

Volunteers


Are you a student interested in volunteering at the zoo? The Education Department has volunteer training sessions. All volunteers must be 14 years and older. Training occurs one or two times a year depending on interest. Training fees apply.  Inquire for more information. 

6 Grade 6
  


Animal Kingdom


  • Meets South Carolina 2014 Science Academic Standards 6.L.4A; 6.L.4A.2; 6.L.4B.1 & 6.L.4B.5 and 2005 Science Academic Standards 6-3.1
We compare invertebrates to vertebrates with an emphasis on the five vertebrate classes. Live animals illustrate the basic features of each animal classification.

Adaptations


  • Meets South Carolina 2014 Science Academic Standards 6.L.4B.2; 6.L.4B.3 & 6.L.4B.4
All organisms have adaptations that help them survive and thrive in their particular habitat. Let us explore the structural and behavioral adaptations and learn how animals are most fit for their environment. 

Careers with Animals


This program presents young teens with educational opportunities and ideas on how to start planning for an exciting job they may not have considered. 

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: 6.S.1;6.K.4B.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.

Slippery When Wet

  • Meets South Carolina 2014 Science Academic Standards:
    • Middle School: 6.L.5;6.L.4B.2;6.L.4B.4;6.L.4B5
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 the 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

  

7 Grade 7


Genetics and the Zoo: Investigating the Role of Genetics in the Modern Zoo

  • Meets 2005 SC Science Academic Standards:
    • Middle School: 7-2.5;7-2.6;7-2.7

Students will explore the topic of genetics in reference to captive animals in a zoo setting. Specifically, students will investigate the roles of the Species Survival Plan, or SSPs, in modern zoos today. Students will also explore why the knowledge of genetics is important for the conservation and preservation of wild populations.

Slippery When Wet

  • Meets South Carolina 2014 Science Academic Standards:
    • Middle School: 7.EC.5; 7.EC.5A; 7.EC.5A.1; 7.EC.5A.2

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 the 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

Careers with Animals


This program presents young teens with educational opportunities and ideas on how to start planning for an exciting job they may not have considered. 

​We Built A Zoo


  • Meets 2014 SC Science Academic Standards: 7.S.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.


8 Grade 8


Genetics and the Zoo: Investigating the Role of Genetics in the Modern Zoo

  • Meets 2005 SC Science Academic Standards:
    • Middle School: 8-2.2;8-2.3;8-2.7

Students will explore the topic of genetics in reference to captive animals in a zoo setting. Specifically, students will investigate the roles of the Species Survival Plan, or SSPs, in modern zoos today. Students will also explore why the knowledge of genetics is important for the conservation and preservation of wild populations.

Slippery When Wet

  • Meets South Carolina 2014 Science Academic Standards:
    • Middle School: 8.E.5A.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 the 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

Careers with Animals


This program presents young teens with educational opportunities, salary ranges and ideas on how to start planning for an exciting job they may not have considered. 

​We Built A Zoo


  • Meets 2014 SC Science Academic Standards: 8.S.1;8.E.6B.2
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.