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NC Zoo unveils Virtual Visit programs

Posted April 13, 2020 6:44 p.m. EDT

Credit: Brooke Sides with the North Carolina Zoo.

The North Carolina Zoo is closed, but you can still visit it virtually. This week, the Asheboro destination launched the new Virtual Visit program.

According to a press release, the program features a wide range of different online education events, art projects, at-home activities, and stories from the zoo and the wild that will allow children, teachers, parents and others to experience the Zoo and its animals in a completely new way.

“A trip to the North Carolina Zoo is always more than just seeing the animals — it’s a chance to learn in a fun environment,” said the zoo’s Curator of Education Beth Folta in the release. “We’ve now adapted many of our learning experiences to an online format easily accessible to everyone from home.”

Here's a glimpse of the programs, courtesy of the zoo:

Zoo EDventure Online Series: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., join the zoo Live on Facebook to get an up-close look at our amazing animals. This is a chance to learn and interact directly with zoo staff about the theme of the day. All Zoo EDventures can also be viewed through the Virtual Visit webpage and YouTube.

Zoo Classroom is the zoo’s free distance learning series appropriate for K-12 audiences streamed live every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Each program features a different and fun topic on wildlife and nature. Join live to ask zoo educators questions in real time or enjoy the entire series of classes on the website on your own time. Required pre-registration is available through the Zoo’s Virtual Visit Zoo Classroom page

Living with Nature is the zoo’s distance learning event series currently available to everyone. All of the 2019-2020 events are now available online and have a variety of activities to do before, after, and during the viewing of the recorded program. These are accessible through the zoo’s website at any time.

Untamed Science: Every Tuesday and Thursday, watch an episode of the zoo’s science education show. Learn about how use science to care for the zoo’s animals and help protect endangered species in the wild.

Ask an Expert: An all new offering only on Instagram. Every Tuesday meet a new zoo expert. On Wednesday ask them your zoo and wildlife questions. Then on Thursday, hear the answers live. Experts from across the zoo will be featured, including veterinarians, conservation scientists, animal care staff and more.

Adventures in EdZOOcation Facebook Group: Join the Zoo’s EdZOOcation Facebook group and get extra weekly content available only to group members. Every week the zoo will be posting new activities, lessons, videos and more on a variety of topics. 

More information is on the zoo's Virtual Visit website.