Educational Activities You Can Do at Home
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is committed to supporting teachers, students and families around the globe. Below, you will find resources to engage learners in grades pre-K to 12 with science, the natural world, wildlife and conservation. Check back frequently for new activities.
Self-guided, Interactive Learning
Animal Webcam Activities
Grades K-5; Standards: NGSS
Check in with lions, elephants, giant pandas, naked mole-rats, cheetahs and black-footed ferrets. The downloadable activity packet helps kids learn about animal behavior and habitats.
Make something; make a difference! Take a brain break with these quick, easy and fun conservation craft activities for kids of all ages.
Just For Fun
Rated E for Everyone
Calling all animal lovers and budding conservationists! Join Zoo Guardians, a new mobile game where players build their own zoos, care for animals and find out what it takes to be a conservation hero.
Look, Talk, Play!
Looking for "screen-free" options for your preschooler? Smithsonian educators paired some of their favorite objects, animals and artworks with fun activities in these five printable cards.
Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans for Educators
Animal Clinic Investigation
Grades K-5; Standards: NGSS and Common Core
Calling all vets-in-training: Dr. Fonz needs your critical thinking skills! Analyze evidence and put together clues to diagnose and treat a Zoo animal.
Bridging the Americas
Open to Grades 2-4 in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Students from North America and Latin America connect through the shared observation and enjoyment of local birds. Use password bta4teachers to access resources.