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Discover the BioPark

Discover the BioPark is our new and exciting education program for schools and community groups.

Explore with us!

Discover the BioPark is our new and exciting education program for schools and community groups. Contact [email protected] or 505-768-3887 to book your experience!

Staff will lead your group through your choice of adventures at the Zoo or Botanic Garden. Field trip programs will be conducted outside unless there is severe weather. 

The following staff-led adventures (listed below) engage your students, apply life science concepts and create memorable experiences. Field trips are geared towards elementary aged students (K-6), but can be adapted for older groups. Field trips are available for all group learning, such as traditional schools, homeschool groups, scout troops, youth organizations, etc.


Virtual Field Trips

On Grounds and Outreach

Virtual Field Trips

Learn more about our virtual programs below. Contact [email protected] or 505-768-3887 to book your experience!

Discover the BioPark Virtual Programs

Bring the BioPark directly into your classroom or home. The BioPark is happy to announce that we are offering virtual field trips for students of all ages! The Discover the BioPark Virtual Field Trips focus on habitats, animal adaptations and life science biological concepts.

Programs are 30 minutes long and will be done over Zoom or Google Meet. All programs include education staff interactions, inquiry-based learning, animal encounters and interaction with your students or families

Programs are $50 each and can be done over one login if all participants are in the same space, or multiple logins if participants are doing distance learning. Logins are limited to traditional classroom size.

Antarctic Adventure: Penguins 

Come “chill” with us as we visit the BioPark’s penguins, learn about the importance of their unique habitat, explore how scientists help these animals, and what you can do to save penguins.  

All about Bugs 

Bugs! Learn about where they live, what they eat and what separates them not only from humans but each other, and meet some of our spineless friends.

Predators 

What makes the lion the king of the savanna? Come learn about predators, how they are equipped to hunt in extreme climates all over the world, and the tools that their prey have to help them survive. In this program your students will meet and identify predator and prey animals and take an up-close look at their adaptations using animal artifacts.  

Amazing Adaptations 

How is it that animals can survive in all types of environments, from the freezing tundra to the burning hot desert?  By using their amazing adaptations, of course! Throughout this program your students will learn about animal adaptations and learn to identify adaptations using animal artifacts and live animals. 

The One and Only Ivan: Have you read the book The One and Only Ivan? During this program you will get to visit with the animals represented in the story like elephants and gorillas. This program emphasizes the importance of accredited zoos and their role in the care for the animals in captivity and the wild. You will also get to see some of Ivan’s original artwork. 


On-Grounds and Outreach

In addition to virtual experiences, we also offer on-grounds educational experiences or outreach, where we come to you. Programming is the same for both, and is listed below. Contact [email protected] or 505-768-3887 to book your experience.

Discover the BioPark program fees do not cover admission for on-grounds experiences. Click here to buy your tickets.

Zoo

Discover the BioPark Zoo On Grounds

PreK- K Party Animals - 30 minutes

One of our animals had a birthday party! Can you tell who came to the party? We will learn what kinds of things animals leave behind and see that different animals have different tracks.

PreK- K 5 Senses - 30 minutes

Animals use their senses to explore the world around them. We will explore animals and biofacts by using our own senses, identifying which senses we use the most, and which senses might be more important for animals than humans.

Animal Architects - 45 minutes

From burrows to dams, to nests, there are some animal builders with excellent architectural skills! In this program we will look at what kind of structures animals build and why, and maybe even try our hands at building one ourselves!

Habitat, What’s That? - 45 minutes

Travel around the world as we visit animals from different regions and learn what makes a habitat a habitat. During this program students will be learning what makes different habitats unique and how different habitats meet the needs of their residents.

Adaptation Exploration - 45 minutes

How is it that animals can survive in all types of environments, from the freezing tundra to the burning hot desert?  By using their amazing adaptations, of course! Throughout this program your students will learn about animal adaptations and learn to identify adaptations using animal artifacts and live animals. 

Dr. Doolittle - 45 minutes

If a cat roars, can it also purr?  Are there animals that talk to each other through the ground?  Together we will learn about the wild world of animal communication, from elaborate dances and bold colors to smelly warnings and beyond.

Botanic Garden

.Discover the BioPark Garden On Grounds

New Mexico True - 45 minutes

Explore what animals and plants live in our desert habitats and learn about the adaptations that help them thrive in New Mexico’s unique ecosystems.  In this program your students will meet animal ambassadors and examine living plants found in New Mexico. 

It’s a Bug’s Life - 45 minutes

Meet different bugs and identify what makes them unique. In this program students will explore bug habitats and learn about their life cycles and how to help protect their habitats.

Aquarium

Discover the BioPark Aquarium

Rio to Sea – 45 minutes

How connected is Albuquerque to the ocean? Come take a deep dive into our waterways, how they lead to the ocean, and what we can do to help ocean wildlife all the way from our desert home. In this meet program students will meet an animal ambassador and participate in a watershed simulation. 


Not seeing what you are looking for? Other topics or locations are available as a special request. Contact [email protected] or 505-768-3887 to see how we can meet the needs of your group’s learning interests!