Evolution and the Environment

by  Lee Richardson Zoo

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The diversity of life on our planet is all thanks to evolution.  We know what evolution is, but how does it work?  Can evolution be impacted by humans? Join us as we discuss how changes in the environment can lead to natural selection of different traits, and how humans can be the cause of some of these changes. We will also meet some special animal guests to help us explore evolution in the environment. The Lee Richardson Zoo's Distance Learning Studio offers a multitude of environmental programs to students all over the nation. Our programs include 2-4 live animals. However, we are currently unable to give programs from actual exhibits around the zoo.

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About This Program


By Request: $130.00

The fee for all Distance Learning programs is $130 per program. Payment in full must be received no later than twenty-four (24) hours before the program is scheduled to occur.


45 Minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Program Delivery Mode

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

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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 on availability).
REFUND POLICIES: Once registration is confirmed, the Lee Richardson 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. The substitution of another group of participants of the same age is permitted with prior notification.

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Lee Richardson Zoo

Garden City, KS
United States

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and home to hundreds of native and exotic animals, the Lee Richardson Zoo is located in Garden City, Kansas.

The mission of Lee Richardson Zoo’s education team is to
provide experiences for all ages that inspire pro-conservation action through
opportunities that are fun, empathetic, and engaging. 

Our programs feature several of our animal ambassadors and offer up close and personal interactions for your students focused on a variety of fun and science based topics!

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Program Details


1. This program begins by introducing the terms evolution and natural selection.
2. Discover why snakes evolved to have no legs.
3. Discuss different examples of natural and human-caused environmental changes (drought, flood, urbanization, agriculture, etc.) and what traits might be selected for in those situations.
4. Meet 2-3 Ambassador Animals.
5. Discuss actions we can do at home to limit our personal impact on environmental changes.
6. Wrap-up.


• Students will have a better understanding of how changes to an environment may have an impact on evolution and natural selection.
• Students will be able to provide examples of how they can lessen their personal environmental impact.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

HS-LS4-5 Natural Selection and Evolution
(LS4.C: Adaptation)
HS-ESS3-4 Human Sustainability