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Advanced Biology Zoology Detroit Zoo Field Trip

Lesley Tracy

Detroit Zoo admission for three classes of Zoology from Dexter High School.

I found out seven years ago there was no longer a budget for my Detroit Zoo – Zoology field trip; therefore, 2016-2017 was the first year I applied for an EDF Grant. There are several ways this grant will enrich our Zoology curriculum. Zoology is a very hands-on, exploratory course that focuses on comparative anatomy among organisms. Students learn about animals ranging from invertebrates to mammals. The Zoo trip is a culminating opportunity that allows students to view animals in their simulated natural environments. Some students have never had the opportunity to see exotic animals in-person. In addition, this trip helps students to see the importance of taking care of the environment as it has a significant impact on the lives and welfare of animals. Finally, visiting the zoo educates students about possible zoological careers. Upon returning from the zoo, students write a comprehensive report regarding select animals from their visit and connect this to the curriculum we have studied throughout the semester.

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