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Go nose-to-beak with more than 80 Antarctic penguins in one of our most popular programs! Become a penguin expert and learn about penguins all over the world, including the three types of cold-weather penguins housed inside the Scott Aquarium. Participants will witness their unique behaviors and amazing adaptations from a front row seat at one of the world's premier penguin exhibits. This interactive program explores penguins and their habitats.

This program can be adapted to work with a variety of age groups, from early childhood all the way to adult learners.

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00
By Request Premium: $140.00

Please supply three possible dates for your program.


45-60 minutes depending on class length.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Gifted & Talented, Sciences, Special Education, STEM Animals, Geography, Conservation

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

Please provide three possible dates and times for your program. A visit from one of the penguin zookeepers is available on request and with 3 weeks' notice.

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

Provider's Cancellation Policy

No fee if cancelled more than 3 weeks before the program start date or if your school or the Zoo is closed. 50% fee if cancelled 7-14 days from program, 100% of program fee is due if cancelled within 7 days of the program date or for no show.

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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Omaha, NE
United States

Consistently ranked as one of the world's top zoos, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is an independent not-for-profit organization accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The Zoo is home to North America's largest indoor rainforest, the world's largest indoor desert, the world's largest indoor swamp, the largest aquarium within a zoo, and is recognized nationally for it's animal care, exhibit design, and conservation work.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has been providing distance learning for nearly 20 years and prides itself on creating dynamic and educational programs for all ages.

Brian Priesman

Program Details


1. Introduction to the Zoo and Exhibit
2. Learn to identify the 3 types of penguins in the exhibit, and observe the penguins and try to identify them.
3. Meet our friends Percy and Penelope the Penguins – stuffed animals – who teach us how to tell the boys from the girls, and then try to tell apart the penguins in the exhibit.
4. What do penguins eat? See penguin food up close and personal.
5. Penguins are Birds! Explore what makes penguins birds.
6. Penguin adaptations – how are penguins different from other birds?
7. Penguin behaviors
8. Review
9. Time for questions


• Utilize scientific observation skills to differentiate animals
• Describe the adaptations of penguins to their Antarctic environment
• Identify characteristics of birds
• Understand the differences between penguins and other birds

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards
Performance expectations
K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive
K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live
Science and Engineering Practices: Analyzing and interpreting data – Use observations (firsthand or from media) to describe patterns in the natural world in order to answer scientific questions.
Disciplinary core idea: ESS3.A – Natural Resources – Living things need water, air, and resources from the land, and they live in places that have the things they need. Humans use natural resources for everything they do.
Crosscutting concepts: Patterns – Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed and used as evidence.
Grade 1:
Performance expectations
1-LS1-1. Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
1-LS1-2. Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
Science and Engineering Practices: Analyzing and interpreting data – Make observations (firsthand or from media) to construct an evidence based account for natural phenomena.
Disciplinary Core Ideas - LS1.A: Structure and Function - All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air. Plants also have different parts (roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits) that help them survive and grow.
Disciplinary Core Ideas - LS3.B: Variation of traits – Individuals of the same kind of plant or animal are recognizable as similar but can also vary in many ways.
Crosscutting concepts: Patterns – Patterns in the natural world can be observed, used to describe phenomena, and used as evidence.
Grade 2:
Performance expectations
2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
Science and Engineering Practices: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations – Make observations (firsthand or from media) to collect data which can be used to make comparisons.
Disciplinary Core Idea - LS4.D – Biodiversity and Humans – There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water.
Crosscutting Concepts: Structure and Function – the shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function(s).

State Standards

Nebraska Science Standards:
2.3.1 – Students will investigate the characteristics of living things.
2.3.2 – Students will recognize changes in living things.
2.3.4 – Students will recognize changes in organisms