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Keepers in the Classroom

Want to meet a Zoo Keeper? Through the N.C Zoo's Keepers in the Classroom program, North Carolina public school classroom teachers and students can do just that!

The Keepers in the Classroom program provides the opportunity for a keeper to spend up to one hour in a N.C public school classroom engaging students in discussions about environmental issues relative to their own lives and specific to animals and plants exhibited at the N.C Zoo. Ideally, the presentation will inspire a commitment in students to take actions to benefit the environment.   

Student gardeners

Action project: Students planting flowers to attract butterflies at Jesse Wharton Elementary - Guilford County Schools

Scheduling a Program

To schedule a Keepers in the Classroom program select a program from the list and submit an on-line application. Complete the application at least six weeks prior to the requested date of the keeper presentation. Grant applications must be received no later than October 15.

Program Cost:

$65 for each 1-hour session (30 students max), $40 for each additional same day, same school session (30 students max). A charge of $.55 per mile/round trip will be added. Grant monies, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, are available to cover the cost of Keepers in the Classroom programs. Additional funding is also obtainable to support a classroom environmental project. Environmentally friendly classroom ‘action’ projects are encouraged. Grant monies for these projects are accessible ONLY to those teachers who request a Keepers in the Classroom presentation.

Keepers in the Classroom Evaluations

This Keepers in the Classroom Teacher Survey must be completed by each teacher following a keeper presentation at your school.

This Environmental Project Survey must be completed by each teacher following the implementation of a funded environmental project. In addition, teachers will be required to submit original receipts and the following documentation on CD-rom:

The CD-rom should be labeled with the school and teacher name and date of the project and mailed along with receipts to:

N.C Zoo Education
Keeper in the Classroom Program
4401 Zoo Parkway
Asheboro NC 27205

Information provided, including photographs and student work samples, may be posted on this website or Field Trip Earth as a reference for other teachers.


For more information on the Keepers in the Classroom program
call 336.879.7717