Zoo Field Trips

If you are interested in immersing your students into the world of animals consider a field trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo and let Oceans of Fun enhance your experience with one of our classroom programs. Choose an interactive classroom experience or allow us to tailor a program to augment your curriculum. Zoo field trips include a private animal training demonstration and an Ocean Connections Seal and Sea Lion Presentation.

General Details

1 chaperone per every 10 students is required for all programs delivered at Ocean Connections. Ocean Connections is a separate company from the Milwaukee County Zoo. Outreach programs do not include zoo admission or parking. To arrange for group admission rates, please contact the Education Department at 414-258-5058.

Program Price: $200.00
Additional programs $100.00 each.

Program Size: Ocean Connections utilizes interactive learning in small group settings designed for up to 30 students. Additional students will be charged $8 per student with a maximum of 35 students per program.

Program Length: 2 hours

Program Offerings:

Curriculum Topics

  • Marine Mammals - From seals and sea lions to blue whales, the largest animal on earth, all marine mammals have a unique set of characteristics. Children will learn about the 5 characteristics of a mammal and how they relate to seals and sea lions. Students will also explore how marine mammals are different from other land mammals.
  • Adaptations - Seals and sea lion have many adaptations that allow them to thrive both on land and in their water environment. From fins to blubber to whiskers, students will learn all about adaptations and how they help seals and sea lions survive in their unique habitat.
  • Habitats & Ecosystems - Our world is filled with a variety of ecosystems and each is home to a unique set of animals. We will delve into the 6 types of biomes found around the world and discover which types of animals call these places home. Students will also learn what every animal habitat needs in order to be successful!
  • Web of Life - All life on earth is connected to one another. Students will learn about the interconnected relationship between the sun, plants and animals by exploring food chains. We will also investigate the intricate connection between predators and their prey.
  • Wild Wisconsin - You don’t have to go far to learn about life in the water. Wisconsin is full of aquatic environments with a large assortment of creatures. Students will learn about animal classification by looking at the aquatic species they can find right in their backyards! They will also gain an understanding of threatened and endangered species in our region and around the world.
  • The Deep Blue Ocean - Our ocean is full of mystery! We will help students to dive deep into the ocean and learn about the different levels that comprise the ocean waters and the fascinating creatures that live there, from plankton to angler fish to the large whale shark.
  • Making A Difference - Our ocean is experiencing many difficulties such as pollution, sea levels rising and warming waters. All of these events are affecting the health of the ocean and wild ocean populations. We will help students learn how our daily actions are affecting the ocean what we can all do to make a difference!
  • Being a Marine Mammal Trainer - Marine mammal training is a highly rewarding career, but there is a lot of work that goes in to being a great trainer! Students will learn about what goes in to caring for marine mammals on a daily basis and explore how to become involved in the field of marine mammal training.
  • Animal Training - Did you know that the same techniques used to train a dog can be used to train a sea lion? Learn about the positive reinforcement techniques that our trainers use to condition our animals and understand the benefits that training provides.
  • Husbandry Care - One of the most important aspects of our training program is the development of voluntary husbandry care. By training our animals to assist in their blood draws, ultrasounds and veterinary checkups, we are able to provide exceptional healthcare. Animal welfare standards are discussed and reviewed with an emphasis on best care practices.

Training in Action

Explore the world of animal training with the seals and sea lions at Ocean Connections! From exotic animals to household pets, these techniques can be used in your very own home! Your experience begins with an exciting Ocean Connections Seal and Sea Lion Presentation showcasing a wide variety of animal behaviors. Following the presentation, an Animal Care Specialist will teach your group about animal training techniques during a unique private training demonstration tailored to your class age group.

Program Price: $250.00

Program Size: Large Group
                           Maximum of 100 students per program.

Program Length: 1 hour

Make a Reservation

Due to the uniqueness of these programs, phone reservations are required. For details or to reserve your outreach program, please feel free to call us at 414-453-5527 or contact us here.