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Our Zoo to You programs include bio-facts and three live animal presentations presented by a qualified instructor and an animal handler. During our programs students will develop an appreciation of the natural world by connecting them to animals that will both inspire and ignite their sense of compassion and love for wildlife. Our programs not only expose students to exotic species, but also educate them on many native species that live right here in Kansas.

In addition, students will gain a worldlier perspective by learning about animals from distant countries. They will discover how to draw connections between animals of different species, including humans, allowing them to see the many threads that connect us all. Each program meets several Kansas Science Standards.

Offered ON-SITE October 12 to March 30.
Offered via LIVE ZOOM Mondays thru Fridays, October 12 – March 30.


Students will learn how animals use their physiological adaptations in the wild and how these adaptations help them thrive in their environments. They will also develop a better understanding and deeper appreciation for the region in which they live and the habitat around them.


This program will take students on a tour of three, of many, biomes found around the world. During this program students will explore how certain animals interact with their specific environment (otherwise known as Biomes). Whether it is the tigers of Asia, camels in the desert, wolves of the taiga/tundra, or the bison on the prairie, we will dive into the different climates and terrain in which they live.


This program describes and illustrates the trophic levels of the animal food chain. Students will learn where animals fit into the food chain and whether they are producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers or apex predators, and how energy is transferred from animal to animal.


All life needs energy! While the food chain shows the direct transfer of energy between organisms (i.e. a mouse eats grass, a snake eats the mouse and then an owl eats the snake), our Food Web program (3rd – 8th) will take things a step further by showing how energy is transferred to all plants and animals within an ecosystem.

Note: These on-site programs can be conducted with multiple schools or multiple grade levels, up to 75 students at a time. As many as four programs can be conducted in a day. These on-site zoo programs are available to schools north and west of Saline County. Saline County schools are included upon scheduling availability.

NEW THIS YEAR: Our programs are also available online! With the current COVID-19 situation, Rolling Hills Zoo can bring our programs to the classroom and your students via a LIVE ZOOM Zoo To You. This platform will engage your students in a live virtual in-person interactive presentation of one of our four program options using bio-facts and animal ambassadors while incorporating several Kansas State Science standards.

SCHEDULING: For more information or to schedule a program, contact Theresa Cannefax, RHZ Education Coordinator at 785-827-9488 ext. 132 or