Zoos play an important role in education by introducing students to inquiry-based science that captures their imaginations, encourages exploration and helps remove barriers to science learning.
As the region’s foremost provider of lifelong learning opportunities, the Zoo operates conservation education programs for students and visitors of all ages.
More than 100,000 students annually attend the Zoo's education programs. Private philanthropic funding allows the Zoo to provide free transportation and program scholarships to school districts in some of Northeast Ohio's most underserved communities.
The Zoo collaborates with Cleveland Metropolitan School District to embed inquiry-based science programs in seventh and eighth grade classrooms at five science-focused schools, as well as in every fifth grade classroom in the district. A new partnership with Rhodes School of Environmental Studies includes curriculum for high school students to use the 183-acre Zoo grounds as their classroom, learn biology and other sciences, and develop skills as community conservation leaders.
In addition, the Zoo's award-winning Online Resource Library engages nearly 20,000 students and educators a year by providing key resources for both on- and off-site learning.