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How far can a lemur jump? What is your wingspan compared to the birds of the zoo? What does the fur of a takin feel like? Rent one of the 6 Educational Kits to find out the answers to these questions and to get closer to the animals of the zoo! 

Each kit contains a self-guided tour of the zoo, animal information, artifacts, activities, games and more! Every kit has links to the Alberta school curriculum and can be adapted for every grade level with basic, intermediate, and advanced information and questions!

You do not have to follow the recommended tour, but the activities and artifacts in the kits have been designed to follow a certain path in the zoo. Once you have the kit it is up to you to decide how you use it!

Rental Guidelines

These Educational Kits are designed to be used when visiting the zoo and will not be Educational Kit Photorented for use other than on site visits. Small groups, families and individuals can also rent a kit for use.

Our kits are rented out for the day. Kits signed out must be returned by 4pm on the day they were rented out. This allows our Education staff time to reset them for the next day.

If you have broken/lost an item or artifact in the kit, please notify Guest Services when you return the kit. They will make note and inform our Education staff to fix/replace the item. 

Cost of Kit

The cost of rental for the kit is $15 for the day. The $15 fee is to ensure the kits can be replaced/updated if items go missing or artifacts are broken. 

How to Reserve Your Kit

You can reserve your kit:

For general inquiries or assistance:

To pick up and drop off a kit please go to Guest Services in the Entry Plaza.

Kits are available beginning May 1, 2018. 

Educational Kit Themes

Animal Life Cycles (Elementary Science - Grade 3: Topic E)

3 kits available
Curriculum Links:
Grade 3 - Topic E (Animal Life Cycles)

The beauty and fragility of life can be learned through the observation of an animal's earliest stage of life to adulthood! With the Life Cycles Educational Kit, participants will discover how variety of animals grow and develop and learn about the changing relationship between animals and their environment. Specifically, they will learn about the early stages of an animal’s life and how they are introduced into the world!

Kit Contents

Custom zoo map with a suggested tour route
Tour resource guide
Owl feather artifact
Bee life cycle artifact
Frog life cycle artifact
Snake shed artifact
Red fox pelt
Chicken life cycle poster

Tour Stops

Honey Bees
Amphibians
Reptiles
Carnivores
Urban Farm (Optional)
Birds of Prey (Optional) 

Birds of the Zoo (Elementary Science - Grade 6: Topic B)

2 kits available 
Curriculum Links: Grade 6 - Topic B (Flight)

With the Birds of the Zoo Educational Kit, you’ll tour the zoo to visit our flying animals! Explore the concept of migration, the purposes of various feathers, and observe the original inspiration behind modern flying machines! Participants are encouraged to apply their knowledge of flight and aerodynamics and learn about the amazing animal adaptations that make flight possible! 

Kit Contents

Custom zoo map with a suggested tour route
Tour resource guide
Migration madness activity
Bird facts activity
Wing string activity
Beak adaptations matching activity
Feather types display
Emu feather artifact
Bat skeleton artifact
Bird talon replica artifacts

Tour Stops

Inner Zoo Pond
Kookaburras and Emus
Kea
Saito Centre
Birds of Prey

Canadian Animal Adaptations (Elementary Science - Grade 1: Topic E)

2 kits available 
Curriculum Links: Grade 1 - Topic E (Needs of Animals and Plants)

Oh Canada! Our zoo is home to many animals found in Canada, but how do these animals adapt to the extreme conditions of our natural landscape? Which animals have snowshoe-like feet and which ones grow a thick winter coat each season? Learn all about this and more with the Canadian Animal Adaptations Educational Kit!

Kit Contents

Custom zoo map with a suggested tour route
Tour resource guide
Polar Extremes scavenger hunt
Reindeer antler artifact
Ram horn artifact
Feather types display
Snake shed artifact
Lynx claw and fur replica artifact 

Tour Stops

Polar Extremes
Reindeer
Bighorn Sheep
Birds of Prey
Saito Centre
Carnivores 

Conservation in Action & Biological Diversity (Secondary Science - Grade 9: Topic A)

2 kits available 
Curriculum Links: Grade 9 - Topic A (Biological Diversity)

Animal conservation work around the world is important, but the work doesn’t stop there! Touring the Zoo with this kit will introduce participants to a variety of endangered animals, the unique adaptations they have to survive and how human impacts are affecting their survival. Participants will learn about the animals in the Species Survival Plan that reside at our zoo and what makes them unique members of the animal kingdom.
 

Kit Contents

Custom zoo map with a suggested tour route
Tour resource guide
Snow leopard fur replica
Lynx claw replica
Frog life cycle artifact
Bat skeleton artifact
Bee life cycle artifact
Lemur jumping activity
Feather types display

Tour Stops

Makira Outpost
Carnivores
Saito Centre
Honey Bees
Birds of Prey
Grevy’s Zebra

Seasonal Changes (Elementary Science - Grade 1: Topic B & E)

3 kits available
Curriculum Links:
Grade 1 - Topic B and E

Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter! Did you know you can explore our zoo in every season? Use this educational kit to learn more about how animals change throughout the year. Come and find out which animals migrate, hibernate and change their appearance when the seasons change! 

Kit Contents

Custom zoo map with a suggested tour route
Tour resource guide
Scavenger hunt
Reindeer antler artifact
Sichuan takin hair
Bee life cycle artifact
A migration game and poster

Tour Stops

Polar Extremes
Reindeer
Sichuan Takin
Honey Bees
Birds of Prey
Carnivores

Senses (Elementary Science - Grade 1: Topic D)

3 Kits available
Curriculum Links:
Grade 1 - Topic D

Get ready to sharpen your senses! Which animals have amazing eyes that let them see in the dark? Do birds have a good sense of smell? Are your senses different from the animals? You’ll learn the answers to all this and more with the Senses Educational Kit. 

Kit Contents

Custom zoo map with a suggested tour route
Tour resource guide
Burrowing owl skull replica
Snow leopard fur replica
Snake shed
Scent activity
Sense of touch activity
Colour vision activity

Tour Stops

Grevy’s Zebra
Birds of Prey
Reptiles
Nocturnal Wing
Carnivores
Markia Outpost

Booking Checklist

Please be prepared with the following information to make your booking:

  • Contact Name 
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Date of your visit to the Zoo
  • Preferred Time (morning or afternoon)
  • Educational Kit Theme (Top 3 choices) 

Reserve Your Educational Kit

These Educational Kits are designed to be used when visiting the zoo and taking the self-guided tour.

Brought to you by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Rogers Communication.

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For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7

Telephone In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311
Email attractions@edmonton.ca

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