Conservation Classroom

Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute. Conservation Classroom is a collection of monthly lessons for K-5 students. Each lesson has four elements: wonder, engage, act and connect.

  1. Wonder: Pre-program videos that introduce the monthly topic.
  2. Engage: Live, 45-minute virtual program with a Zoo educator.
  3. Act: Synchronous and asynchronous activities to extend the lesson.
  4. Connect: Videos that connect students to staff with “unZOOsual” careers.

Programs and materials support Next Generation Science Standards. Programs are designed for a variety of students to join and learn together, from small groups and home-school students to large groups or schools. Programs take place on Zoom in webinar format. In this format, audio and video is disabled but students can actively participate using polls, Q&A and chat.