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School Groups

School Groups

Saunders offers discounted rates for groups of 20 or more, the cost is $9.00 per person. This includes unlimited access to the zoo exhibits and a 1.5 to 2 hour guided tour of the facilities. Or you may choose to do a self- guided tour at $7.00 per person. We admit one chaperone free of charge for every 5 paying children.

Our knowledgeable curators can tailor our tour to speak to the needs of your group, in compliance with the Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum. 

We offer a variety of programs specifically designed to different ages and topics as follows:

  • Kindergarten - Differences between living and non-living things: natural habitats, patterns and cycles in the natural world.

  • Grade 1  - Characteristics and needs of living things: ways in which animals move to meet their needs, common characteristics of different animals, changes in animals as they grow, basic needs of animals, how animals use their senses to meet their needs.

  • Grade 2 - Growth and Changes in Animals: major physical characteristics of different types of animals (e.g. mammals, reptiles, insects), behavioral characteristics that enable animals to survive (e.g. migration, dormancy, hibernation), ways in which animals eat their food, move and use their environment to meet their needs, constant and changing traits in animals as they grow, how animals respond and adapt to their environment, how different animals care for their young,  ways in which humans can help or harm other living things, how to care for animals properly

  • Grade 4 - Habits and Communities: classify animals as omnivore, carnivore and herbivore, structural adaptations of animals that demonstrate a response to their environment and habitat, ways in which humans are dependent on animals, ways in which humans can affect the natural world, the effects on animals of the loss of their natural habitat.

  • Grade 6 - Diversity of Living Things: the difference between cold and warm blooded animals, characteristics of vertebrates and classification as mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish; characteristics or adaptations that enable each group of vertebrates to live in its particular habitat

  • Grade 7 - Interactions within ecosystems:  the long-term effects of the loss of natural habitats and the extinction of species.

For more information on what our facility has to offer and how to host your next field trip at Saunders, please contact our Group Coordinator at 

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