Learning and Living

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The North Carolina Zoo’s UNITE conservation education and teacher training project in Uganda has been operating in the villages around Kibale National Park for more than ten years. UNITE promotes environmentally sound attitudes, knowledge and skills in native people by supporting local environmental and conservation education efforts. UNITE provides teachers with the tools and resources they need to teach about wildlife and resource conservation, and supports three Ugandan educators on a full-time basis to work with over 100 teachers in 10 local schools. Please use the form below to make a donation in support of the UNITE program.


Initially developed in 2002 under a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and now funded entirely through donations to the Zoo Society, the website fieldtripEARTH (https://fieldtripearth.org) serves K-12 students by linking them to conservation researchers working around the world. The website serves classrooms in all 50 United States and in more than 140 countries. Please use the form below to make a donation in support of fieldtripEARTH.

Zoo Education Programming

The NC Zoo offers a variety of educational programs for its visitors. For example, kidZone is a Zoo exhibit designed to encourage children to play outdoors. It provides a safe, reliable place for children to explore nature, connect with bugs and plants, develop empathy for animals and people, and enjoy everything under the sun. This facility is also a centerpiece for the Zoo’s growing professional training programs in Playful Pedagogy. The Zoo also operates SmartCarts in various locations; these are small, portable and hands-on learning stations packed with interesting biological specimens and staffed by enthusiastic staff and volunteers eager to share their knowledge of the Zoo and its animals. Please use the form below to make a donation in support of the Zoo's educational programs.

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