Preschool Classes

Length: 45 min – 1 hr

Our preschool classes incorporate a short introductory session with various activities that usually end with a guided walk through BAMZ to view relevant members of our animal collection.

Amphibians

Students will share prior knowledge of amphibians specifically frogs and/or toads. The class provides an introduction to the life cycle of amphibians and the opportunity to observe live toads, understand what they eat, where they live, how they protect themselves and why they should be protected from harm and pollution. Students will also tour the zoo to observe the habitats of amphibians.

Animals of Cold Lands

Students will share prior knowledge about survival in a cold climate, generating a discussion of ways animals adapt and survive in cold lands. After completing a simple map-reading exercise, students will learn how specific animals survive in cold lands – e.g. hibernation and migration. Students will observe adaptations in BAMZ animals such as our seals (blubber), the alligator (stops eating) and the binturong (fur coat).

Bermuda’s Beginnings

Students role play the breakdown of a Super Continent (Pangaea) into the seven continents today. The children will observe a volcanic eruption and understand the various stages of Bermuda’s formation - sea level changes, coral reef formation; dune building which created Bermuda –an extinct volcanic island, capped by corals and limestone. Students visit the Museum to confirm knowledge of the formation of Bermuda

Our Feathered Friends

Students will share prior knowledge of birds; comparing different types of birds, eggs, nests, adaptation and survival. A tour of the Zoo to observe birds in their environment and note their various habitats, the ways birds display themselves, and adaptations they have to survive follows. Students also learn about Bermuda’s endemic birds and understand why it is important to protect them

Rainforests

Students share prior knowledge of rainforests - a habitat for a variety of plants, animals and humans. They will examine ways animals are adapted for survival in this environment, discover how the rainforest helps us, and learn why humans should protect and not destroy the rainforests. Students then tour the Zoo to observe the habitats and adaptations of our forest dwelling animals.

Reptilemania

Students share their knowledge of reptiles including examples, where they live and how they survive. The children will learn about reptile adaptations and will participate in simple experiments which illustrate that reptiles are cold-blooded and show why they may hibernate during the winter. Students will be taken on a tour to view resident reptiles in the Zoo.

The Cahow: Bermuda’s endemic seabird

Students will hear the fascinating story of the Cahow, thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1951. Students will also learn about steps taken to protect and increase the cahow population by Dr. David Wingate and Jeremy Madeiros. When available, students will view the ‘live streaming’ of a cahow nest to see what the bird looks like in its natural environment.

The Sea Around Us

Students will discuss Bermuda as an island surrounded by an ocean habitat. They’ll learn that some animals live on the bottom, some hide in the coral reefs, and some swim in the open water. Students will then tour the Aquarium to see various invertebrates and fish and how they all have different roles to play in keeping our reefs healthy.

Turtles

Students will learn about the three groups of turtles - tortoises, terrapins and sea turtles. They’ll see and feel turtle and tortoise shells and a turtle skull. Students will view how turtles lay their eggs and understand the struggle for survival of their young. Students will then tour the zoo to view the various turtles.

Whales

Students will see a video of whales in action and learn about some of their behaviours. They’ll also learn about the structure of a whale, the various types of whales and the foods they eat. Students will see skeletons of whales, understand that whales are mammals like humans, and why they should be protected.