Chain of Life

by  Greenville Zoo

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of Life investigates the ways that energy moves through an ecosystem. During
this program, we will discuss what animals eat (carnivores, herbivores,
omnivores), relationships between animals (predator/prey), and trophic levels
(producers, consumers, decomposers). All programs include up close encounters
with some of our education animal ambassadors. 

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About This Program


By Request: $100.00

Any audience that books five programs at the same time can book a sixth for free (buy five get one free).

A purchase order or full payment must be received three weeks after the date of the program.

Each teacher will receive pre and post activities via email confirmation of the requested program.


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

Our availability includes: Year round Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. If you would like a program outside of this time, please feel free to ask and we will see what we can do for you! Please reserve 3 weeks in advance when possible

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

Provider's Cancellation Policy

CANCELLATION POLICY: In the event that a program must be canceled due to weather, technical issues, or other circumstances beyond the control of the Zoo or program recipient, the program may be rescheduled at a later date agreeable to both parties for no additional charge (dependent of availability). If cancellation occurs for any other reason than listed above, a cancellation fee will apply.

RESCHEDULING POLICY: In the event that a program needs to be rescheduled for any reason other than those listed above, then the Zoo must be notified at least three weeks before the date of the program. We do not reschedule inside the three weeks of the scheduled program date. A rescheduling fee will apply.

REFUND POLICY: Once registration is confirmed, the Greenville Zoo adheres to a no-refund, no-credit policy. If a program is canceled at any time for any reason other than those listed above, no refund or credit will be given. Substitution of another group of participants of the same age is permitted with prior notification given at least three weeks before the date of the program.

About This Provider

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Greenville Zoo

Greenville, SC
United States

The Greenville Zoo is a 14-acre facility featuring hundreds of wildlife from all over the world including giraffe, monkeys, giant tortoises and leopards. Join us on a wildlife adventure through the zoo’s beautifully landscaped acres filled with up close and personal views of its residents! Through engaging programs, educational events and animal exhibits, the Greenville Zoo provides a wonderfully wild experience for the entire family that will keep you coming back all year long!

Maxene Van Damme

Program Details


1. Discussion of habitats and animal needs
2. Discussion of energy & the food chain
3. Discussion of producers, consumers, and decomposers
4. Build a food chain and see how all life is connected to each other

1. Discussion of ecosystems, biotic, and abiotic factors
2. Discussion of energy & the food chain
3. Discussion of trophic levels within food chains
4. Build a food chain and see how all life is connected to each other


1. Define and describe the concept of a food chain/food web.
2. Classify organisms into groups based on their place in the food chain (ex: carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, producer, consumer, decomposer).
3. Demonstrate understanding of energy flow through ecosystems by participating in developing an accurate food chain model.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

National Standards

NS.K-4.3 Life Science: As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop understanding of
o The characteristics of organisms
o Life cycles of organisms
o Organisms and environments


State Standards

Meets 2014 SC Science Academic Standards; 3.L5A.2, 5.L.4B.1, 5.L.4B.2, 5.L.4B.3, 5.L.4B.4;
Meets 2005 SC Science Academic Standards; 5-2.4

3-LS1-1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
5-LS2-1: Ecosystems: Intereactions, Energy, and Dynamics
MS-LS1-6: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MS-LS2-3: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

ISTE 1: Empowered Learner
ISTE 7: Global Collaborator
ISTE 6: Creative Communicator