Welcome to The BIG Zoo Lesson

Talking with wildlife experts, observing animal behaviors, and researching animals from all over the world are parts of The BIG Zoo Lesson. Students, teachers, and parents in mid-Michigan use Potter Park Zoo in Lansing and Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek as their classroom for week-long, in-depth learning, connecting science learning with the real world setting of the zoo.

Initiated by Michigan Teacher of the Year 1999-2000 Margaret Holtschlag, The BIG Zoo Lesson is an interdisciplinary, problem-based approach to teaching and learning and an innovative tool for learning conservation and developing sensitivity to the natural world. Teachers bring their students to the zoo for a full week for lessons with docents and zookeepers, daily animal observations, and cooperative research. Following the model of Jane Goodall, children are up close as the primary researchers with a first hand experience of the animal world.

For more information about The BIG Zoo Lesson, contact: Margaret Holtschlag, Director of BIG Lesson Programs, Clinton County RESA, 1013 S. US27, Suite A, St. Johns, MI 48879. Phone: 517-230-8268. Email: biglesson@gmail.com.