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Home-school Classes

All Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo, continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Please check back in September for information regarding home-school classes.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, our home-school series for ages 5-12 will explore the biological classification system that groups and categorizes all living things, in Terrific Taxonomy. Each five-week series studies a different class of animals, digging deep into the features and elements which define it and exploring a different group within that class each week.

Students will develop a rich picture of the variety of animals within the animal kingdom and how zoologists and conservation scientists at the Smithsonian's National Zoo use biological taxonomy to care for and help save species. Students may sign up for individual series or for all five series.

Terrific Taxonomy classes for students ages 5-12 are offered from September through May. 

Home-school classes for ages 11-14 are offered as Zoo 101, a 10-week, project-based learning class that allows students to explore a different core topic in zoo management during each session. Zoo 101 students dig into major topics in the inner workings of a zoo, learn about the variety of zoo and animal-based careers, and speak to zoo professionals and experts in the field. Each session culminates with a public presentation of the students’ cumulative projects.

Zoo 101, a project-based learning class for ages 11-14, meets once a week for 10 weeks in the fall and spring. 

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