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Community Leadership Program (CLP)

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Grades 3 - 6

Service-learning in a box! Denver Zoo’s Community Leadership Program (CLP) facilitates environmental service-learning opportunities for 3rd-6th grades, engaging students in community projects that contribute to wildlife conservation.  Teachers can choose from three programs: Water Warriors, For the Birds, and Beneficial Bats.  Denver Zoo staff facilitates two lessons (one live animal program, one project-day lesson), and supplies supplemental teacher-led lessons (Colorado Academic Standards aligned) and materials designed to provide students with the background knowledge and guidance necessary to have a successful service-learning experience!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE-LEARNING PROGRAMS

The Denver Zoo’s Community Leadership Program (CLP) facilitates environmental service-learning opportunities for 3rd-6th grades and is now offering a unique program for high school students.

Where

At your facility

Consecutive classes should take place in the same location.

Who

Maximum of 30 participants per class.

CLP is a joint venture between the zoo and the teacher so it is imperative that the teacher participates by teaching the supplemental lessons provided.

Bilingual classes may be available upon request.

When

Dates and start times vary, according to your scheduling needs and our availability. Offered year round, seven days a week.  

Length

Depending on program, four - seven total lessons: Two zoo-facilitated lessons, each 60 min. in length, additional lessons facilitated by the teacher. 

Denver Zoo staff will work with the teacher to schedule a meeting to outline the program and teacher-facilitated curriculum, discuss logistics for projects, etc.

Cost

$375/first class, $225 each additional consecutive class.  

Supplemental supply cost ($3.00/student) required for Beneficial Bats and For the Birds.

A $50 refundable deposit is required at the teacher meeting. This is not included in the program cost and will be returned once the suitcase is returned to the zoo with all materials included.

Scholarships are available: Learn more about Denver Zoo’s Red Apple Scholarship Fund.

Layover fees apply to breaks exceeding 60 minutes between classes.

Travel fees apply to locations outside of SCFD boundaries.


AVAILABLE PROGRAMS

Water Warriors 

(Grade 3-6)
CAS 4th Grade Life Science 1: All living things share similar characteristics, but they also have differences that can be described and classified.
CAS 4th Grade Life Science 3: There is an interaction and interdependence between and among living and nonliving components of systems.
CAS 5th Grade Earth Science 1: Earth and sun provide a diversity of renewable and nonrenewable resources.
CAS 5th Grade Earth Science 2: Water on Earth is distributed and circulated through oceans, glaciers, rivers, ground water, and the atmosphere.
CAS 5th Grade Earth Science 3: Earth’s natural resources provide the foundation for human society’s physical needs.  Many natural resources are nonrenewable on human timescales, while others can be renewed or recycled.
CAS 6th Grade Life Science 1: Changes in environmental conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms, populations, and entire species.

  • How does your water measure up?  Students explore and analyze water use and pollution.  Then, young leaders educate their community about water pollution by placing medallions with warning messages on storm drains in the school’s neighborhood.

For the Birds 

(Grade 3-6)
CAS 6th Grade Life Science 2.1: Changes in environmental conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms, populations, and entire species.
CAS 4th Grade Life Science 2.3: There is interaction and interdependence between and among living and nonliving components of ecosystems.
CAS 3rd Grade Reading, Writing, and Communicating 1.2: Successful group activities need the cooperation of everyone.

  • Learn about incredible bird adaptations, the wonder of migration and what is threatening these animals.  The project day will be spent building birdhouses that can be hung at your school or donated to people in your community!

Beneficial Bats

(Grade 3-6)
CAS 6th Grade Life Science 2.1: Changes in environmental conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms, populations, and entire species.
CAS 4th Grade Life Science 2.3: There is interaction and interdependence between and among living and nonliving components of ecosystems.
CAS 3rd Grade Reading, Writing, and Communicating 1.2: Successful group activities need the cooperation of everyone.

  • Students will go batty learning about these amazing animals!  Examine benefits and characteristics of bats while studying their conservation needs.   Then, do your part by building bat houses to hang at your school or donate to local organizations.

 

Things To Know

  • Please register at least TWO weeks in advance. Requested dates are not guaranteed until confirmed  by Denver Zoo. For more information call 720-337-1488; or email outreach@denverzoo.org.
  • The teacher(s) will receive a loan box with all materials including 3 teacher manuals on the day of the teacher meeting. The teacher(s) will receive an inventory list of all the materials. It is their responsibility to make sure all materials are in the loan box and all are returned to the zoo. If items are missing the teacher will be charged for the missing items.
  • The loan box must be returned to Guest Relations at the Denver Zoo no later than 2 weeks after the project day.
  • Denver Zoo Outreach room requirements:
    • Denver Zoo Outreach room requirements:
    • Ground level or elevator access.
    • An unloading and parking area close to the program location, with access for a rolling cart
    • Water Warriors requires 7 tables for the lesson day.  For the Birds requires 3 large tables for the lesson day and 5 large tables in a room that can be noisy for the project day.  Beneficial Bats requires a large open space for lesson day and 5 large tables in a room that can be noisy for the project day.
    • An adult representative in the room during the program
    • No other activities during both setup and presentation
    • No food or drink
    • No other animals
  • Presenter will arrive 15-30 minutes prior to setup.
  • Due to the nature of live animals, Denver Zoo Outreach cannot guarantee which animals are at any class.
  • Animals used in classes may eat nuts; be aware of ALLERGIES.
  • If you have more than the maximum numbers of participants at your Denver Zoo program you will be charged for another program. You may request adding a program but Denver Zoo’s ability to present an additional program is not guaranteed due to the availability of instructors and animals.
  • Classes canceled or rescheduled with less than two weeks notice before the scheduled program date will be charged 50% of the total cost. Rescheduling will be accommodated to the best of our ability.  Red Apple Scholarship awards funds do not apply to any cancellation fees.

For more information, contact Kellie Gorman, kgorman@denverzoo.org or by phone 720-337-1609.

 

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