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Celebrate Visit the Zoo Day!

Today is Visit the Zoo Day. The annual event encourages Americans to spend the day at their local zoo. Zoos offer many learning opportunities and can be an enriching field trip experience. They give students the opportunity to view wildlife they would never otherwise encounter. If you want to celebrate Visit the Zoo Day or you want to create a memorable field trip for your students, consider visiting one of these amazing zoos.

Polar Bear at the San Diego Zoo

Polar Bear at the San Diego Zoo
(Credit: Michelle Brault)

1. San Diego Zoo

The 100-acre San Diego Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the world, with more than 3,500 animals representing over 650 species and subspecies. The goal of San Diego Zoo Global, the umbrella organization for the San Diego Zoo, is to help end extinction. San Diego Zoo Global participates in more than 130 conservation projects in over 35 countries and has reintroduced 43 species into the wild.

 

Giant Panda at Zoo Atlanta

Giant Panda at Zoo Atlanta
(Credit: Michelle Brault)

2. Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta opened its doors in 1889. It is one of only four zoos in the United States where you can view giant pandas. Over 1,300 animals are housed at the zoo, including 40 mammal species and 50 bird species.

 

Lions at Zoo Miami

Lions at Zoo Miami
(Credit: Michelle Brault)

3. Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami is the oldest and largest zoological garden in the state of Florida. The unique South Florida climate allows the zoo to display a wide range of animals from Australia, Africa, and Asia. It is home to over 3,000 animals. 500 diverse species are represented, including over 40 endangered species.

Bear Mountain at the Denver Zoo

Bear Mountain at the Denver Zoo
(Credit: Michelle Brault)

 

4. Denver Zoo

The Denver Zoo features over 4,000 animals, including Dall’s sheep, black rhinos, kangaroos, tigers, and grizzly bears. The Denver Zoo boasts one of the most unique exhibits I have ever seen–Bear Mountain. The revolutionary exhibit was built in 1918 and is a national historic landmark. The natural-style animal enclosure lets visitors view grizzly bears at eye level without fences or bars.

 

Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
(Credit: Michelle Brault)

5. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is “America’s only mountain zoo!” The zoo covers 146 scenic acres and is home to more than 750 animals. It is known for its prolific giraffe herd.

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Looking for Field Trip Ideas? Here Are 5 State Parks to Visit This Spring

Spring is in the air! It is a great time for students to get outside and enjoy nature. One way students can connect with the great outdoors is to visit a state park. State parks are frequently used by educators and students as outdoor classrooms. They offer students unique environmental and historical learning opportunities. If you’re looking to create a memorable experience for your students, consider planning a field trip to one of these stunning state parks.

 

Antelope Island State Park, Utah

Antelope Island State Park, Utah
(Credit: Michelle Brault)

1. Antelope Island State Park

Antelope Island State Park is located north of Salt Lake City, Utah and is accessible via the Davis County Causeway. The park provides excellent views of the Great Salt Lake and is home to many kinds of animals, including bison, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, bighorn sheep, bobcats, coyotes, and a wide variety of birds. One of the highlights of my trip to Antelope Island State Park was getting the chance to see bison and beautiful horses at the Fielding Garr Ranch. A visit to the park is not complete without stopping at the historic ranch. The ranch house built by Fielding Garr is the “oldest original-foundation Anglo building” in the state of Utah.

Antelope Island State Park provides numerous field trip opportunities. Students can take a guided hike to Buffalo Point, participate in a scavenger hunt during the visitor center tour, and wade into the Great Salt Lake to look for brine shrimp and brine flies. If you’re thinking about planning a field trip to Antelope Island State Park, check out some of these lesson plans offered by the park to get you started:

Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah
(Credit: Michelle Brault)

2. Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park is one of the most popular state parks in Utah. The park is located near the town of Moab, which also serves as the gateway to Arches and Canyonlands national parks. The park’s main attraction is the Dead Horse Point Overlook Trail. The overlook offers breathtaking views of the Colorado River and adjoining canyon country 2,000 feet below.

Dead Horse Point State Park offers students the chance to learn about geology, local flora and fauna, prehistoric cultures, and the park environment.

Emerald Bay State Park, California

Emerald Bay State Park, California
(Credit: Michelle Brault)

3. Emerald Bay State Park

For anyone interested in experiencing the beauty of Lake Tahoe, California’s Emerald Bay State Park is a must-see. It is located 12 miles north of South Lake Tahoe. The park offers sightseeing, hiking, boating, swimming, scuba diving, and kayaking. The scenic overlook on Highway 89 provides visitors with a magnificent panorama of Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, and Fannette Island. In 1969, the U.S. Department of Interior designated Emerald Bay as a National Natural Landmark.

If you’re considering taking your students on a field trip to Emerald Bay State Park, I highly recommend taking a tour of Vikingsholm. The historic mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is considered “one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture” in the country. Guided tours are available for a nominal fee from Memorial Day through September.

Franconia Notch State Park

Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire
(Credit: Michelle Brault)

4. Franconia Notch State Park

Franconia Notch State Park is located within the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. It offers students the opportunity to see some amazing geological wonders. The park was home to New Hampshire’s beloved Old Man of the Mountain landmark until it collapsed on May 3, 2003.

Popular activities at the park include riding the aerial tramway at Cannon Mountain, walking through the spectacular Flume Gorge, and visiting the New England Ski Museum. Other activities include boating, fly fishing, swimming, bike riding, hiking, and camping. If you live in New England, I encourage you to take your students on a field trip to visit this magnificent state park.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California
(Credit: Michelle Brault)

5. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is considered the “crown jewel” of the California State Park system. The entrance is located on California Highway 1 just south of Carmel. Point Lobos is known for its breathtaking ocean vistas, scenic trails, and its abundant wildlife. On my trips to Point Lobos, I’ve been lucky enough to see deer, sea lions, harbor seals, and sea otters.

Point Lobos gives students a chance to appreciate the natural treasures of California’s Central Coast, making it an ideal destination for an educational field trip. Students can observe marine mammals in their natural habitat, study the area’s diverse flora and fauna, and visit the Whalers Cabin and the Whaling Station Museum to learn about the cultural history of Point Lobos.  I’ve visited Point Lobos many times, and in my opinion, it is the most beautiful place on Earth.

Now you know some of my favorite state parks, tell me about the state parks you love to visit. Are you planning an upcoming field trip to a state park? What state parks do you recommend?

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