ENVIRONMENTAL DISCOVERY & LEARNING PROGRAMS
The Interactive Programs are hands-on educational programs, where our guests learn about the natural world through contact with live animals, natural artifacts (biofacts), multimedia presentations, videos and interactive activities such as educational games, arts and crafts.
1. Friendly Farm Animals
Can you tell apart an African pygmy goat from a Cameroon sheep? A Falabella from a Shetland pony? Learn all about domesticated animals and the differences with wild relatives, the products we get from them, how they behave, what they eat and how to groom them. Hand-feed our farm animals including our rabbits and guinea pigs.
2. What do animals eat?
The White Rhino may be huge but they typically feed on grass. Here in the Attica Zoological Park it coexists harmoniously with the cheetahs, the fastest carnivores on land. Learn about what animals eat in an experiential way, eg by feeding the giraffe and giant tortoises.
1. Discover the world of Sea Mammals
You will discover the special characteristics of marine mammals and their survival at sea. Using simple educational tools, we learn about physiology: dimensions, the ability of mammals to hold their breath and "see" in the dark, how they feed and reproduce, and the threats they face. We will also learn about how zoological institutions can partner with other organizations for the rescue and rehabilitation of endangered species, like the Mediterranean Monk Seal and the Loggerhead Turtle.
2. Habitats - Where do Animals Live
What is a natural habitat and how does it differ from an artificial environment? In the African savanna the climate is typically dry and carnivores patrol the great valleys for prey. On the contrary, in the rainforest there is a lot of dense vegetation with hiding places for animals. Learn which animals live in the savannah and which in the jungle, their adaptations for survival, the threats they face from humans and what we can do to protect Nature.
3. Animals of the Greek Forest
The Wolf did not eat Little Red Riding Hood and the Griffon Vulture of Crete does not lift sheep in the air! Meet the most misunderstood animals of Greece up close and learn about where they live and how they survive. Learn about the threats they face and how they can live in harmony with humans. Come observe the brown bears, wolves, griffon vulture, wild cat and other animals of Greece at the zoo.
1. Animal Behavior
How do Chimpanzees show their enthusiasm? When does the Lion grumble? How do Lemurs fight for dominance? All these and more will be answered in this session that introduces how animals behave and the benefits of their behavior in the wild. You will make food gifts for the monkeys and observe them as they interact with each other and take a mini-tour to explore the behavior of other animals.
2. Monkeys, Apes and Human
If you understand the concept of evolution, you will know that Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom and very intelligent animals indeed. Find out what makes apes and other primates special, how we are all related, why apes are seriously threatened in the wild and what we can do to help them survive. You will also learn what the difference between monkeys and apes is and you will meet and greet our funky monkeys, friendly lemurs, loud chimpanzees. Finally, to enrich their daily lives you will construct food-gifts for the monkeys.
1. Climate Change
Why is climate change predicted to lead to the 6th mass extinction of wild species? We will learn about the predictions regarding our country and how these new climatic conditions will impact the animals. We will meet endangered animals and learn what we can do to help.
Species diversity is vital to the effective functioning of ecosystems that provide us with important services! We must all act together to preserve species. In this program, we will learn about endangered species that are in international breeding programs and learn actions to protect them.
The duration of the above interactive programs is 1 hour and the cost is 60 euro. Supervising parents and teachers attend session for free. Maximum number of participants 30, whereas Kindergarden and Preschool groups no more than 20.
In order for participants to prepare before the session, please download activity sheets from the above list.
Attica Zoo visiting you at your School
A. Exotic Pets - with an educational visit to your school, our staff enable students to become aware of the exotic pet trade, and they get to meet some abandoned exotic pets we have rescued, such as the Ball Python, the Giant African Snail and Red Eared Sliders. We bring to your class, bio-facts such as bones, shells, fur and feathers, and learn about what it really means to be wild, tame and domesticated. This program is also suitable for kindergarden students.
B. A nest for the Chickadee - This program promotes environmental action by teaching students how to make bird boxes for the chickadee, a bird of Greece that struggles at times to find a nest! It combines story-telling with hands-on skill building for compassionate conservation. The funds from this program support similar programs in other parts of Greece, read more here.
Duration: 1 hour and a half for a group of 50 students
Cost: 150 euro
For bookings call: 210 6634724 (x201), 6951689337, email firstname.lastname@example.org