Educational Benefits of Zoo Trips

August 15, 2014
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A 1994 long-term study by Posner and Vandell found that children in structured, academic afterschool programs had increased academic achievement when compared to their peers.

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“Today’s students are visual learners and a field trip lets them touch, feel, and listen to what they’re learning about, [which helps them] build on classroom instruction, gain a better understanding of topics, build cultural understanding and tolerance, and expose them to worlds outside their own.”

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Sparks Curiosity

As soon as a child enters a zoo, their eyes widen and the wheels start turning. “can I see that animal?” “where does that animal come from?” “can I take that one home?” Kids are innately curious which allows them to learn and take in their environment. Zoos encourage curiosity thus encourage learning and brain development!

Allows for Exploration and Self-Discovery

What I love most about the zoo, is that it allows children to explore their environment and make new discoveries. This all leads to cognitive, language, motor and academic growth. While exploring a zoo, children go on a wild adventure full of running around, asking questions and engaging in story telling. These activities are key for healthy development! Exploring their environment also helps children become more self-aware. They learn what animals they like and don’t like. They also learn to move past their fears and trepidation about certain animals, reptiles and bugs.

Enhanced Language Development

As children walk around the zoo, they are exposed to words and concepts. It also encourages dialogue between parents, children and even siblings. While walking around with your child, it is important to label every animal and ask questions. This will help increase their vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Encourages Environmental Awareness

Visiting a zoo helps children understand the importance of taking care of the environment as it has a significant impact on the lives and welfare of animals. Zoos also teach families about the importance of conservation and animal care. Children can especially learn about the impact humans have on animals at Popcorn Zoo as this zoo only takes in animals that are sick, elderly, abandoned, abused or injured. Visitors can learn the unique story about each animal as they walk around the zoo.

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