April 1-30, 2020
Zoo@Home allows you to experience all the educational opportunities from the comfort of your home! Continue where you left off at school with grade level appropriate activities and lessons. Safely enjoy nature and the outdoors while learning more about local wildlife. Learn all about the zoo animals and ask those questions you've always wondered. Even become a Jr. Zookeeper by creating enrichment for your pets at home. New content added weekly!
Activities and lessons for Sheltering in Place
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Nature journaling is a way to keep a record of what you observe and experience in nature. It is a tool to help you become immersed in your surroundings and remember those experiences. You do not need to be a scientist or an artist to enjoy nature journaling, you just need to be curious.
Every week, we will be posting prompts to help you explore nature from your home, balcony, backyard, or local trail. There’s so much beauty and wonder around us if we take a moment to observe
Need a little more structure? Print our nature journal template to dive into your nature exploration.
Taking a walk or hike along a non-crowded trail is not only good for your physical health, it is essential for our mental well-being, especially in stressful times like these. Join our education staff on their walks and see what they see.
VIDEO - Introduction to iNaturalist & Plant Identification: Poison Oak vs. Blackberry
VIDEO - Citizen Science: Phenology
VIDEO - Botany: Oak Catkins
VIDEO - Seed Dispersal: Stork’s Bill
VIDEO - Plant Identification: Nemophila
Need an ID? We recommend iNaturalist, an excellent identification app that not only can help you name the plants and animals around you, but can also help scientists by collecting data on the distribution and biodiversity in an area. Click here to see how it works.
Do you want to try out your skills as a junior zookeeper? Oakland Zoo’s keepers provide so much more than food, water, and a clean environment. They provide enrichment, things to keep our animals mentally stimulated. Your domestic animals can benefit from enrichment just as much as wild ones do.
Ready to try it out? Get started here and check back later for more enriching recipes.
Visit us on FB and Instagram for updates on what we’re doing to keep our Zoo animals entertained while the public is away.
Click here to download our enrichment journal template.
Click here to find out which common household items are dangerous for your pets.
Explore Oakland Zoo’s different animals with our daily featured animal with astounding adaptations, fun facts, and highlights. Check out this week’s animals.
Want more? Explore all of our animals here.
Don’t be shy. We’re listening. Just submit your inquiry here.
Come back later for some featured Q/As.
Conservation doesn’t stop because we’re stuck at home. Join us and take action for wildlife in your home, balcony, or backyard.
Start here and check back for more tips and activities.
VIDEO - Create a Pollinator Puddle
VIDEO - Planting Your Vegetable Garden