Desert Life: Adapt to Survive

by  Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

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Join us on a quest to find adaptations among the plants and animals of
the world’s largest indoor desert! Inside the biggest glazed geodesic
dome on earth, participants will learn about the amazing adaptations
needed to survive this dry habitat. Participants will learn what makes a
desert while meeting the desert’s most incredible animal survivors.
Students learn how plants protect their water, why some desert animals
sleep all day, and much more.

This program contains plenty of opportunities for audience questions and is adaptable based on audience needs.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $150.00
Point to Point Premium: $140.00


45-60 minutes, depending on your class length

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 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, Problem Solving, Sciences, Special Education, STEM Animals, Geography

Program Delivery Mode

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

Booking Information

Time of day is limited during busy season (May-August). Please provide 3 possible dates and times.

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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 the World's Largest Desert and World's Largest Glazed Geodesic Dome.
2. Begin our search for animals and plants that live in the desert and the adaptations that help them survive.
3. What does a desert look like, and what makes a place a desert?
4. Interactive game
5. Search for more animals in the desert and their adaptations.
6. Discuss desert adaptations we have not yet seen.
7. Desert fact or fiction game.
8. Time for questions.


• Discuss the unique challenges facing animals in the desert.
• Identify adaptations that help animals and plants survive in the desert.
• Compare and contrast desert plants with non-desert plants

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Patterns K-2
Patterns 3-5
Systems and system models 3-5
Structure and function K-2
ESS3A K-2 -- Natural resources
ESS3C K-2 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
LS1A 3-5 -- Structure and function
LS1A K-2 -- Structure and function
LS1B 3-5 -- Growth and development of organisms
LS1C 3-5 -- Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms
LS1C K-2 -- Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms
LS2A 3-5 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS3A 3-5 -- Inheritance of traits
LS3B K-2 -- Variation of traits
LS4C K-2 -- Adaptation
LS4D K-2 -- Biodiversity and humans
PS3D 3-5 -- Energy in chemical proceses and everyday life

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
5.3.1.b Identify how parts of plants and animals function to meet basic needs
5.3.2 Students will identify variations of inherited characteristics and live cycles.
5.3.4.a Describe adaptations made by plants or animals to survive environmental changes
8.3.4 Students will identify characteristics of organisms that help them survive.