Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



New program!

Fancy Heads, Fancy Tails

Grade 1

Young learners discover how some animals are uniquely equipped with special adaptations on their heads and on their tails. A matching game using animals at the National Zoo’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal lets students explore how fancy heads and tails help animals in their habitats. Storytime (“What do you do with a tail like this?” by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page), reinforces student learning on adaptations. Using the concepts learned during the interactive sessions and story book reading, students craft a headband, mask, and/or tail to wear home.

Virginia Science Standards Reference: 1.1, 1.5

We have a 'per program' fee structure: $50 for local counties [Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Loudoun, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Warren, Winchester (City of)], $100 for non-local. There is also an extra surcharge of $25, per program, for non-school outreach program requests.

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  • School name, address, and telephone number
  • Email address
  • Teacher name(s)
  • Grade level(s) and class size(s)
  • First, second, and third choice dates
  • Class time(s)
  • Directions to school

SCBI Front Royal Education Office
1500 Remount Road
Front Royal, VA 22630
fax: 540.635.6506