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  • Be sure to head to our Facebook page daily for educational videos while the Zoo and schools are closed!

New Teaching Resource: Rent the Traveling Turtle Trunk!

Help save Florida’s local wildlife!  New this year, Naples Zoo has partnered with the Inwater Research Group to bring a unique program that integrates activities, games, and hands-on learning in an effort to help save sea turtles.  Students will learn about what makes a sea turtle a sea turtle, research their nesting habits, learn how to sample a population, and collect data on sea turtle models.  These materials and associated curriculum have been developed and are ready to borrow for FREE!
Trunk includes items such as sea turtle skull replicas, turtle models for data collection, calipers, and a complete curriculum with lessons, activities, videos and assessment.

  • For 3rd through 8th grades
  • Free to rent
  • Duration: Loan for 3 weeks
  • Class size: Approximately 20-25 students

Contact us by emailing education@napleszoo.org or calling 239-262-5409 ext. 158.

Photos taken at Parkside Elementary

Program Spotlight: Field Trips and Field Trip Experiences

Naples Zoo is the perfect place to take your students for a Field Trip! Students will spend time outdoors, burn off some energy, meet some incredible animals they may never see anywhere else, and be fully immersed in a learning environment as you tour them around. By attending the Safari Show, Meet the Keeper Series and reading signage around the Zoo, students will enjoy soaking up everything they can.

You can also add-on to your Field Trip with standards-based programs! Field Trip Experiences are designed to heighten your students learning beyond your typical field trip. These programs connecting their classroom curriculum to wildlife and conservation!  They offer an experience for your students that provide an opportunity to practice STEM skills and have state standards reinforced

During Field Trip Experience programs, your students will engage with a Zoo Educator through a series of activities, games, art, and live animal encounters.  There are two program options for each grade level, from early education through fifth grade. Learn more here! 

One Tree Planted for Each Student! 

When you take a field trip to Naples Zoo, you're planting trees and changing lives! Naples Zoo plants one tree for each student visiting on a field trip through Trees for the Future. These trees are planted in a Forest Garden in Africa which helps restore degraded lands, combats water scarcity, and decreases habitat loss for wildlife. And a Forest Garden typically quadruples a family's income within four years. By addressing poverty, the Forest Garden helps prevent people from choosing to do illegal activities that impact wildlife in order to feed their family. Naples Zoo has planted well over half a milion trees through this organization. Watch these videos: 2 Minute Overview. 19 minute documentary.

Thank you for your help in our conservation and education mission!