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Penguin and Puffin Coast Virtual Tour, 6th-8th Grade

from Saint Louis Zoo

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Meet our adorable penguins and puffins and learn about the cold areas in the northern and southern hemispheres of the globe. Participate in activities to learn about how these animals survive in their cold climates. Learn about the Saint Louis Zoo's program to protect the Humboldt penguins.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $160.00
By Request: $160.00

Please schedule carefully! Program transfers may be requested based on our ability to reschedule you. Transfers are determined by space availability. A $5 transfer fee will be charged per program for the first transfer date. A $10 transfer fee will be charged for additional transfers. Transfer fees must be paid with credit card at the time requested. We cannot accommodate same day or next day transfers.

Full payment is due before the program. To receive an invoice and pay by check, 8 week's booking notice is required. If a program is booked with less than 8 week's notice, but at least 4 week's notice, full credit card payment is required when booking the program. We are unable to schedule programs with less than 4 week's notice.


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify the Education Department at (314) 646-4544 or the Outreach Coordinator at (314) 781-0900, x4754 immediately if you need to cancel. Another group may be able to take your place.

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Saint Louis Zoo

St. Louis, MO
United States

The Saint Louis Zoo was voted #1 Zoo in America by a Zagat's and Parents' Magazine survey. Our mission is to conserve animals and their habitats through animal management, research, recreation, and educational programs that encourage the support and enrich the experience of the public. 

Our videoconferencing classes will introduce you and your students to a variety of animals and topics including: habitats, ecology, and adaptations. Older students will also learn about our conservation programs going on here at the Zoo and around the world. 

Live animals from our Emerson Children's Zoo will visit our studio during the programs. At this time, we do not have the ability to broadcast remotely from Zoo exhibits.

Amber Brown
3147810900 x4677

Program Details


1. Look at globe and go over where penguins and puffins live in the wild.
2. Live bird presentation (not a penguin or puffin)
2. Watch KMOV Channel 4 "At the Zoo" television show segment about puffins.
3. Powerpoint presentation about similarities and differences of penguins and puffins. Discuss adaptations using powerpoint and live bird.
4. Show penguin nesting segment.
5. Define biotic and abiotic. Show powerpoint and ask students to identify biotic and abiotic factors in the Penguin and Puffin Coast exhibit.
6. Show exhibit design segment to show how the Zoo controls the abiotic factors that animals depend on to stay happy and healthy.
8. Discuss exhibit lighting.
9. Present Humboldt conservation situation and discuss.
10. Live animal presentation (typically a chinchilla) to talk about overconsumption.


At the end of a program participants should be able to:
-Make a prediction, test it and explain the results
-Identify the biotic (populations of organisms) and abiotic factors (temperature, quantity of light and water, etc.) that make up the penguin?s and puffin?s ecosystems in the wild and at the Zoo.
-Identify competitors for resources in the wild for penguins and puffins.
-Describe beneficial and harmful activities of humans and how they affect penguins and puffins in the wild.
-Relate examples of adaptations to how they help the animals to survive.
-Predict how the adaptations of penguins and puffins offer them an advantage to survive over other animals in their environment.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NS.5-8.1 Science as Inquiry
As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop

Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understandings about scientific inquiry

NS.5-8.3 Life Science
As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of

Structure and function in living systems
Reproduction and heredity
Regulation and behavior
Populations and ecosystems
Diversity and adaptations of organisms

NS.5-8.6 Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of

Populations, resources, and environments

State Standards

Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: IV-1A (6th)a, 1B (6th)a,b, 1D(6th)a, 3C (6th)a,b, VII-1A (4th-8th)a,b,c, 1D (3rd-8th)a,b,