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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.

Video Series

Explore Beyond Your Door

Grades K-5; Episodes 5 minutes long

Create a journal and earn badges as you explore beyond your door with your guide to the outside: education specialist Kaden.

Videos Journal Badges

Wildlife Careers

Grades K-12; Standards: NGSS and Common Core

Go behind the scenes to learn about zoo jobs. A Video Content Guide provides questions and project-based learning activities for each video.

Videos Guide


Grades 3-8

Get a glimpse of some un-ZOO-sual careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Upcoming Webinars

Self-guided, Interactive Learning

All About Amphibians

Grades K-5

What is an amphibian? Why are they important? Explore these questions and more as you learn what you can do to help conserve amphibians.

All About Amphibians

Migratory Birds

Grades K-5

What is a migratory bird? Why do they migrate, and how far do they travel? Explore these questions, and find out how to make your home bird-friendly.

Migratory Birds

Earth Optimism

Grades 6-12

Learn about six amazing species with conservation success stories that are sure to make you an Earth Optimist!

Earth Optimism

Winter at Home

This 40-page activity guide uses the Smithsonian's vast collections and expertise to spark learners’ creativity and imaginations.


Animal Webcam Activities

Grades K-5; Standards: NGSS

Check in with lions, elephants, giant pandas and naked mole-rats. Downloadable bingo cards help kids learn about animal behavior and habitats.

Recycling Recess

All ages

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

Zoo Guardians

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.

Play Zoo Guardians

ZooCrew Family Guide

Pre-K to Grade 6; Also available in Spanish

This activity booklet engages children and adults together in learning about Zoo animals with games, activities, fun facts, stories and more.

English Spanish

Bird Migration Game

Grades K-5

Help Wanda the Wood Thrush travel from her winter home in Costa Rica to her summer home in Maryland.

Play the Game

Bird Nest Quiz

Grades 6-12

Can you name the nester? Use research hints to analyze nest photos and discover which bird built each nest.

Take the Quiz

Look, Talk, Play!

Ages 2-6

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.

Download and Print

Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans for Educators and Parents

Follow That Bird

Grades 6-8; Standards: NGSS

A science and technology unit that teaches core concepts through exploration of bird tracking tools and data.

Access the Curriculum


Grades 6-12; Some activities appropriate for younger audiences

Lesson plans, games and activities that utilize camera trap images of wildlife from across the globe.

Explore eMammal

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.

Join the Program

Sofa Safari Online Activities

Grades 2-5

Purchase self-paced adventures from FONZ Sofa Safari Day Camp, Presented by Chase, for at-home learning to augment school-based science instruction.

Learn More

Preschool Classes

Ages 3-5

Bring Nature Cubs into your home for five weeks with all the activity plans and supplies you need for screen-free fun.


Rainforest Wonders

Pre-K to Grade 2

Explore these rainforest activities inspired by "The Great Kapok Tree" by Lynn Cherry.

Movement ActivityCreate A RainforestSensory Walk

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.

Download Lesson Plan