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Lee Richardson Zoo

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The Lee Richardson Zoo is often referred to as an oasis on the plains of Kansas. Home to hundreds of Kansas native and exotic animals, the Lee Richardson Zoo features over fifty beautifully landscaped acres in Garden City, spacious animal exhibits, walking paths, a playground, picnic areas, and shady avenues.

2017-2018

Honorable Mention

2016-2017

2015-2016

2014-2015

Honorable Mention

2013-2014

Honorable Mention

2012-2013

Honorable Mention

2011-2012

Honorable Mention

2008-2009

Honorable Mention

 

Programs by Lee Richardson Zoo

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Amazing Africa

From desert to savanna to jungle, Africa is a large and varied place. We will explore these different habitats and the animals that live there.

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Animal Adaptations

Adaptations are amazing! Every animal is specially designed to survive their particular lifestyle. We will explore important adaptations like teeth, body coverings, camouflage, the five senses and more. Here is your chance to investigate some...

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Animals Down Under

G'day mate! Animals that are found in Australia are some of the most distinctive animals on Earth. Travel down under with me as we peer into a pouch, leap over lizards, and discover other facts about animals found on this humongous island.

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Awesome Amphibians

Get an up close look at these awesome amphibians and learn what makes them so amazing and why they are an important indicator of healthy ecosystems. Discover many interesting features that group frogs, toads, salamanders, and newts in the same...

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Birds of Prey

Some birds hatch with talons, sharp beaks and keen eyesight for catching prey. No seeds and fruits for these birds please! Take this chance to learn more about birds of prey and how they fulfill their role in an environment as top predators.

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Create Your Own

Having a hard time finding a program to fit your needs? Let us make one for you!

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Creepy Creatures

More than just bugs get a bad rap. Many creatures have unfairly been given a bad reputation. Often it is because people don’t understand them. We will take a look at scary looking critters that are very beneficial and quite intriguing once you...

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Home Sweet Home!

This program addresses what a habitat needs in order to sustain life and adaptations that animals have that helps them survive in their particular habitat. Various habitats will be discussed and live animals from these areas will be observed.

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Lack of Back

Invertebrates are some of the most bizarre and diverse animals on Earth. In fact, 97% of all animals are invertebrates! Meet a hissing cockroaches, learn to identify some of the United States most feared venomous spiders, and see other amazing...

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Mammal Mania

When most people envision an animal, the first thing they think of is a mammal. Mammals are the most highly developed and intelligent animals in the world. We will explore some unique features of mammals, and discover what makes them worthy of...

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Only A Memory

We will look at and discuss animals that still have a chance to be more than a picture in a book Threatened and endangered species are found over all parts of the globe. We will discuss challenges some of these animals face, and give you a...

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Ready...Set...Recycle!

Where does our trash go when we throw it away? Animals are helping us out behind-the-scenes. Join us as we discover what happens to trash once it leaves our hands and what we can do to help make our environment a healthier place for everyone...

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Reptile Rumble

Dry, scaly, and cold-blooded. This description is enough to make many people shiver. Gain a fresh look at these decedents of the dinosaurs and hopefully you will gain an appreciation for their uniqueness.

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Rock'n Rainforest

Tropical rainforests provide the world with amazing diversity and resources. See for yourself how important these 'stand of trees' are and even explore some not so tropical rainforests. (Did you know we have one in the US?)

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Summer Sizzle

What helps an animal survive dry places and avoid sizzling in the summer sun? Did you know that not all deserts are hot? We will look into the adaptations that keep animals from overheating and dehydrating when water is scarce.

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The Animals of "The Mitten"

Based off the Ukrainian folk tale adapted and illustrated by Jan Brett, this program will look at some of the animals that find shelter and warmth in the lost mitten of young Nicki. Students will learn why the animals wanted in the mitten, and...

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The Night Shift

No need for night vision goggles here! I’ll lead you on this journey to investigate the creatures that wake up as we go to bed. Whether “pulling all nighters” is for finding food, mates, or other reasons, we’ll look at the nocturnal animals we...

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The Sky's the Limit!

Flying is fantastic! For decades, man has tried to copy the abilities of flying animals (birds, bats and bugs). Birds are the animal most commonly thought of as taking to the air. Join my investigation into the adaptations necessary to make the...

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What's For Dinner?

Searching for food is a daily task. While some animals are looking for their next meal, an animal is eyeing them for their dinner. One animal can be both a predator and prey. What makes a good predator and what makes prey successful to live...

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Winter Woes

Winter can be tough and it can be even tougher when winter lasts the majority of the year! There are several animals that are perfectly suited to these frigid temps. Wrap-up tight and venture with me into temperatures that can make you shiver.

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More About This Provider

Type of Organization

Science Center/Zoo

Contact

Education Division   zoo.education@gardencityks.us
312 Finnup Drive
Garden City KS 67846
6202761250
United States

http://www.leerichardsonzoo.org

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The programs of Lee Richardson Zoo cover:

Sciences

Awards, Quotes, Testimonials

"Students were engaged and interested in the program. They used higher thinking skills as they participated in the program. It is very well integrated into the science curriculum we follow. It also gives the children a real world perspective."

"Students had not been introduced to the vocabulary or carnivore, herbivore and omnivore prior to this program and in the days since, students have been using that vocab during our story "Seeds." Its a story about plants and many students remembered that herbivores eat plants :)"

"It is very well integrated into the science curriculum we follow. It also gives the children a real world perspective. Wonderful program! Many skills were addressed especially higher learning and thinking skills!"

"The program enhanced the unit on animals and mammals covered in class. It gives students opportunities to learn about animals of which they would otherwise have no knowlege. The program also enhances lessons taught on animals, habitats, and characteristics of mammals."