More than 2,000 third grade students from School District 196 are learning to think like scientists and wildlife conservationists by participating in the Zoo Safari program at the Minnesota Zoo through a program made possible by a longstanding partnership with Flint Hills Resources. 14 of District 196’s 19 elementary schools have participated or have registered to participate in the program.

STEM learning outside the classroom brings science to life, engages kids in new and creative ways while fulfilling curriculum requirements. During Zoo Safari field trips, the meandering pathways of the zoo are filled with eager faces as they get up close and personal with the zoo’s residents. District 196 students experience hands-on animal encounters from a friendly hedgehog or curious armadillo. They will learn about the animal’s habitat, food habits and environmental impacts as zoo naturalists help students learn beyond textbooks. These field trips spark students’ interest in science and promote academic achievement. The field trip is free for all third grade students, and for some, the Minnesota Zoo Safari field trip is their first and only visit to The Minnesota Zoo.

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