Polar Bear Plunge 3rd-5th grade

by  Saint Louis Zoo

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Plunge right in with the Zoo and learn all about polar bears! Meet our amazing polar bear and learn about what makes these amazing marine mammals so special. Participate in activities to learn about how polar bears and other arctic animals survive in their cold climates.

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About This Program


By Request: $225.00

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) 3, 4, 5

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Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Problem Solving, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode


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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) 646-4754 immediately if you need to cancel. Another group may be able to take your place.


Four Weeks Prior to Program:
A full refund will be issued minus a $5 cancellation fee if you notify the Education Department four weeks prior to your program. There is a $5 cancellation fee per program.

Two Weeks Prior to Program:
You are entitled to a 50% program fee refund if you notify the Education Department two - four weeks prior to your program date.

Less than Two Weeks Prior to Program:
There is no refund for groups that cancel with less than two weeks' notice.

Please note: In the event that your school and/or the Zoo is closed the day of your program due to weather, we will try to reschedule your program or issue a full refund.

About This Provider

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Saint Louis Zoo

St. Louis, MO
United States

The Saint Louis Zoo's 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. 

All programs are interactive
and may utilize any of the following: live video from our Zoo habitats, webcams, pre-recorded video footage, biofacts,
and other means to create a memorable learning experience.

Amber Brown
3147810900 x4677

Program Details


1. Introduce polar bear habitat: the Arctic.
2. Polar bear Adaptations presentation with biofacts
3. Power point discussion about the Arctic food web and the role of the polar bear in the food web with a live animal (not a polar bear).
a. Also discuss how the role of good and abundant sea ice is crucial to the Arctic food web and what actions we can take together to help save sea ice!
4. Using photos and video, introduce Kali, the polar bear at the Saint Louis Zoo
a. Describe the story of Kali’s journey to the Saint Louis Zoo.
b. Discuss Kali’s life and care at the Zoo.
5. Conclude with a wrap up, questions, and a final video clip of Kali.


The participants will:
• Make a prediction, test it and explain the results
• Explain how polar bears get water, food and shelter at the Zoo and in the wild.
• Name various characteristics of bears (mammals, carnivores, walk on flat feet, long nose, claws, etc) and explain how polar bears use them to survive in their habitat.
• Describe the vital pieces of the Arctic food web.
• Compare how animals adjust to the seasons and temperatures at the Zoo vs. in their native habitat.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards: 3-LS3.A, B; 3-LS4.C, D; 5-LS2.A; 5-ESS3.C

State Standards

Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations: III – 1D (5) a; IV – 1A (4) a,b, 2A (3) c,d, 2A (4) c, 3C (4) b,c,d; VII - 1A (3,4,5) a, b, 1B (3,4,5) a,b, 1C (3,4,5) a,b, 1D (3,4,5) a, 1E (3,4,5) a