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K-12 Connections Event
Zoo Friends: Wild and Rare Animals
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What is the difference between endangered, extinct and threatened? Why do animals become endangered? Join educators and animals from the Blank Park Zoo and learn why every creature is valuable to the earth's ecosystem. We'll hear success stories of endangered animals, meet some of the Zoo's animal ambassadors, and discover how people can make a difference! This program also allows time for student questions, so come prepared.

Registering teachers agree to provide the following materials for use in the ICN room:

Following the ICN session, registrants receive the complimentary books, Partners, Wild Dogs and Teeny Tiny Animals or alternate titles by mail.

Blank Park Zoo ICN events include:
Wild and Rare
Marvelous Mammals
Zoo Detectives
Exotic Habitats
Chickens Aren't the Only Ones
Creepy Crawlies

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Classroom Resources:

The following related programs are available on IPTV's broadcast or from the AEAs: (Check the K-12 Classroom Television ( Web site for broadcast dates and times.)

  • BACKYARD SAFARI (Grade Level: PreK-2)
  • DRAGONFLY TV (Grade Level: 2-5)
  • REAL SCIENCE V: (Grade Level: 5-10)
  • WILD CHRONICLES (Grade Level: 5-12)

Sessions are provided at no cost by Iowa Public Television in collaboration with the Iowa Communications Network to PK-12 students and the adults working with or on behalf of PK-12 students in Iowa.

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Contact Person:
Abby Brown
Educational Telecommunications
(800) 532-1290 or (515) 242-4181
Offering Dates & Times: Registration Deadlines:
January 30, 2014
 Thursday, 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Audience: Grades 3-6
Friday, January 24, 2014
January 30, 2014
 Thursday, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Audience: Grades 3-6
Friday, January 24, 2014
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