About education in zoo
Riga ZOO offers a variety of educational lessons and excursions, all of which take up 1-2 hours. Authentic animal parts are used in the lessons and excursions as an interactive learning tool. Live animals are used in all lessons.
Excursions consist of two options: How We Are Different and Animals in Latvia’s Nature and Culture. How We Are Different is our most basic and popular excursion with a guided tour of the zoo. Animals in Latvia’s Nature and Culture is part of the national Skolas Soma programme, for which the cost of a guide is free for educational institutions.
Lessons consist of two parts: activities in the zoo classroom and a short tour. Riga ZOO offers the lessons listed in the table below.
|Preschool||Grades 1-3||Grades 4-6||Grades 7-9||Grades 9-12|
|What are different animal bodies like?||X||X||–||–||–|
|What do animals do at different times of the year?||X||X||–||–||–|
|How do wild animals differ from domesticated animals?||X||X||–||–||–|
|What do different animals eat?||X||X||–||–||–|
|What animals are found in Latvia’s wilderness?||X||X||–||–||–|
|Stages of development||–||–||X||–||–|
|Animals in different environments: Earth, air, water||–||–||X||–||–|
|The roles of organisms in different ecosystems||–||–||–||X||–|
|Ethics of keeping animals in captivity||–||–||–||–||X|
Disclaimer: Not all excursions and lessons are available in English. To determine whether a lesson or excursion can be offered in English, we ask that you please contact the zoo (phone: +371 22003212; email: email@example.com)