Families and School Groups can rent the Wild Pack today!

The Cincinnati Zoo is thrilled to introduce The Wild Pack, an easy-to-use mobile investigation station filled with super-cool gear to help you explore your Zoo! With tools from the lightweight Wild Pack – like binoculars, stopwatches and animal guides – families and/or school students can investigate questions like whether gorillas are left- or right-handed and who can “speak” gorilla!

The Wild Pack is part of Wild Research, a first-of-its-kind project designed to engage families in science and conservation.

 

The Wild Pack for Families

 

Using the Wild Pack throughout the Zoo, families explore questions like can you “talk” like a gorilla? Gorillas talk to each other using different calls and vocalizations. How well can you make these sounds? Find out when you rent the Wild Pack!

Who can participate?
  • While all ages are welcome the Wild Pack is best suited for families with at least one child 7 years old and up.
When are Wild Packs available?
  • Every day of the week year round.
  • Rent a pack during your next Zoo visit at the Harold C. Schott Education Center.
How much are Wild Packs?

Wild Pack rentals are $5.00 for families. 

Where do you pick up the Wild Packs?
  • You will check out the packs at the Harold C. Schott Education Center reception desk.
  • You can pick up Wild Packs as early as 9am and return as late as 5pm on the same day. Drivers license will be held as a collateral until packs are returned.
 

School Inquiry Wild Pack

Using Scientific Inquiry at the Zoo

Rent the School Wild Pack and engage your students in investigations during their Zoo visit! Investigate these questions and more:

Each Wild Pack contains three investigations based on the questions above with enough supplies for  a maximum of 10 students per pack. Each investigation includes clear and detailed steps on how to engage students in inquiry including observing, questioning, predicting, data collecting and recording. Supported by the National Science Foundation, the Wild Packs advance district, state, and national standards while improving student achievement in core concept areas. The best part is everything is formatted in an easy and fun way that any Chaperon can lead and all students can enjoy.

Schools can register for Admission and the Wild Pack. 

Register 

Questions? email registrars@cincinnatizoo.org or to register over the phone contact the Education Department at (513) 559-7767

Who can participate?
  • Recommended for 3rd- 7th Graders.
  • Minimum group size required is 2 students and maximum 150.
When are Wild Packs available?
  • Every day of the week year round.
  • Pre-registration is required.
  • You can pick up Wild Packs as early as 9am and return as late as 5pm on the same day. A Drivers license will be held as collateral until packs are returned.
How much are Wild Packs?
  • There is no charge for Wild Pack rentals for schools. Each Wild Pack can accommodate up to 10 students.
Where do you pick up the Wild Packs?
  • You will check out the packs at the Harold C. Schott Education Center reception desk.

 

Academic Standards

Each Wild Pack contains the following three investigations. Your students can pick and choose which investigations they would like to do or do all three. Each pack is equipped with everything you need for all three investigations. Find out how each aligns with your State Academic Standards.

Investigation standards

Do leaf cutter ants carrying leaves travel faster than ants without leaves?

Using inquiry skills, students will observe the leaf cutter ant colony in the Zoo’s Insect World to determine whether ants with or without leaves travel faster. Results from this inquiry can be taken to the classroom and groups can share findings and graph the information.

OH Academic Standards

KY Academic Standards

IN Academic Standards

Are more primates left of right handed?

Students will think about their hand preference. Using inquiry and a variety of tools, they will discover whether the Zoo’s primates are right handed or left handed. Continue the investigation and find out if other animals have a hand preference.

OH Academic Standards

KY Academic Standards

IN Academic Standards

Which seed designs fly best?

Discover whether all seeds fall at the same rate. Do small or big seeds fall more slowly? Students will use inquiry to discover answers to these and other questions.

OH Academic Standards

KY Academic Standards

IN Academic Standards

Pre and Post-Curricula

Prior to your Zoo visit, practice observation, questioning, and prediction skills and and learn about investigation topics in preparation for conducting the Wild Pack investigations at the Zoo.

Following your Zoo visit, students can summarize, analyze, and present their findings back in the classroom.