Family Resources

Family Resources

Let us bring the Zoo to you! We can help make learning easier and more exciting by bringing subjects like science and environmental education to life through virtual learning. Discover fun, hands-on activities you can do with your little one(s) from the comfort of your home.

*NEW VIRTUAL ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

Surprise someone (or yourself!) with a one-of-a-kind virtual encounter. Families can gather round the screen or rally your friends for a wild night in. What better way to celebrate a birthday, liven a school day, or add a little wonder to someone's day? Best of all, your money will support the care of all Roger Williams Park Zoo animals.

DISCOVER OUR VIRTUAL ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

Virtual Zoo School
Discover FREE wild at-home learning with our Virtual Zoo School series.  Get a behind-the-scenes look at our animals and explore fun activities you can do at home.
Zoo School with Delilah, the red-rumped agouti

Learn how important it is to develop trust when working with animals.

  • Today’s at-home activity: post a photo of you with your pet (or stuffed animals!) and tell us some of the things they enjoy doing with you.
  • P.S. It is important to have a grownup’s permission before you change anything about the way you work with your animal. We know our zoo friends well enough to make good decisions about their health and safety. If you’re unsure, stuffed animals are a great way to practice using your imagination!

Zoo School with Stanley, the skunk

Learn about animal enrichment and healthy eating.

  • Today’s at-home activity: post a photo of you creating fun, food enrichment for your pet (or stuffed animals!) and tell us what some of their favorite treats are.
  • P.S. It is important to have a grownup’s permission, so you don’t accidentally give your animal friend too much food. If you’re unsure, stuffed animals are a great way to practice using your imagination!

Zoo School with Ophelia, the opossum

Learn about Rhode Island's native wildlife.

  • Today’s at-home activity: get to know native wildlife in your backyard. Draw a picture or take a picture of an animal you can see from your window, then post it in the comments below.
  • P.S. Spring means the emergence of baby animals. Not sure what to do if you find a wild animal that you think is injured or orphaned? Before taking action, contact our friends at the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island (riwildliferehab.org).
  • Want to help local wildlife? You & your family can get involved in a citizen science project - a way for community members like yourselves to help collect valuable information for scientists. In the Big Backyard at the Zoo we participate in Project Feed Watch (feederwatch.org) where we help keep track of the birds that visit us. Another fun project to get involved in is iNaturalist (inaturalist.org) where you can record your observations of local wildlife.

Zoo School with ferrets Bump, Rose & Doc

Learn about observing animal behaviors.

  • Today's at home activity: create an ethogram (don't worry we explain what this is in the video) for a pet or wild animal you can observe from a safe distance. We have a template for you to print out and use: bit.ly/rwpzoo_ZooSchooethogram.
  • P.S. When choosing your animal, it's important to use behaviors that the animal is likely to do. If you're watching a squirrel, you may observe them climbing or jumping from branch to branch. For your dog, you may want to play with different toys and see which one they choose.

Zoo School field trip to the Vet Hospital

Meet our vet care team and get a behind-the-scenes look at the care they provide all our animals.

  • Today's at home activity: If you have any interest in a career working at the Zoo, send us your questions at info@rwpzoo.org. We would love to hear from you, and we are more than happy to respond with some advice!

Zoo School with Edwin, the red-tailed boa

Learn about overcoming fears

  • Today's at home activity: We're going to work on overcoming some of our fears. Think about something you fear that might be holding you back and draw a picture of yourself doing it. Is there a way that you can work with your family and friends to overcome it? Some good ideas are a fear of the dark, a fear of speaking on camera, or a fear of bugs.

Zoo School with BUGS

We're crawling over with some of Earth's most important friends - BUGS!

  • Today's at-home activity: Take a picture of a bug that you can find outside. Remember, you don't have to touch it and don't get too close. If you can't find a bug, draw a picture of one! Or send us a photo of you enjoying time outside in nature.

Zoo School - Healthy Habitats with Armando & Oliver
More Online Resources
Paws for a Minute with Rhode Island PBS LearningMedia & RWPZoo

Visit the animals at Roger Williams Park Zoo from your home or classroom with Rhode Island PBS LearningMedia.

Paws for a Minute is a collection of one-minute videos featuring a range of animals housed here at the Zoo. Each video profiles a specific animal, and demonstrates a number of physical and adaptive features and behaviors. Click HERE for support materials and video collection>

Rhode Island PBS LearningMedia is an online PreK-12 content library that provides FREE access to tens of thousands of media-based resources for educators, students and parents.