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Zoo 101: Research and Fieldwork

A gray catbird in a researchers hand. It has colored bands around its ankles.

New for 2018! Zoo 101 is a project-based class that explores major topics in the inner workings of a zoo. Zoo 101 will explore a different core topic in zoo management each session and is appropriate for students ages 11-14, or those students who have completed three full years of Zoo Homeschool programs.

Research and Fieldwork (April 12 to May 24, 2017): The conservation work of the Smithsonian's National Zoo extends far beyond Connecticut Avenue. Using the work of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center as our starting point, we will explore some of the ways that zoos use field work and research to care for the animals in their collection as well as their wild counterparts.

Major topics to be explored: Animal migration, animal taxonomy, global conservation connections, environmental conservation strategies, engineering and design, data modeling.

Zoo 101 is a six-week, drop-off-only program. There will be no class on May 17.

To register for "Zoo 101," please call 202-633-3024.

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Age range: 11 - 14