Animal Architects

by  North Carolina Zoo

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places, all specifically made to help them survive; but have you ever
wondered how a nest is made, or why a butterfly uses a cocoon?  How do
termites make structures taller than 4 refrigerators stacked on top of one
another?  Together we explain these architects and how they are so good at
creating these wonders.

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About This Program


By Request: $75.00


45 minutes, best for middle to upper elementary

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5

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Primary Disciplines

Sciences, STEM

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There is a minimum of four weeks notice for any program and full payment is due at least two weeks prior to the scheduled program date. For further information or to schedule a program for your school, contact the North Carolina Zoo's School Programs Office via 336.879.7718 or email schoolprograms@nczoo.org

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North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, NC
United States

Our commitment to wildlife conservation translates into a desire for educating our community on different species you can find at the Zoo. We offer different educational programs for schools, groups, and families. Our programs are available for preschool all the way up to adults. Anyone who wants to learn about animals and their habitats is welcome at the Zoo.

Elizabeth Vickery

Program Details


1. Introduction to topic
2. Discuss different types of nests (including what they are made of, size, do they have other names?)
3. How nests help other animals
4. Wrap up
5. Questions and answers


1. What are some different types of animal homes?
2. What are some kind of animal communities? How does this affect their architecture?
3. What kind of materials do animals use to build?

Standards Alignment

State Standards

North Carolina Standard Course of Study 2009
• 6.P.3.3 Explain the suitability of materials for use in technological design based on a response to heat (to include conduction, expansion, and contraction) and electrical energy (conductors and insulators).
• 6.L.2.3 Summarize how the abiotic factors (such as temperature, water, sunlight, and soil quality) of biomes (freshwater, marine, forest, grassland, desert, Tundra) affect the ability of organisms to grow, survive and/or create their own food through photosynthesis.

North Carolina Standard Course of Study 2023
• PS.6.2.2 Use models to explain how the transfer of heat and resulting change of temperature impacts the behavior of matter to include conduction, expansion, and contraction.
• LS.6.2.2 Analyze and interpret data to predict how the abiotic factors (such as temperature, water, sunlight, and soil quality) and biotic factors affect the ability of organisms to grown and survive in different biomes (freshwater, marine, temperate forest, rainforest, grassland, desert, taiga, tundra)