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What is ZooED?


In 2011, the Zoological Tax District, consisting of Jackson and Clay Counties, was formed, supporting expansion of the Zoo's facilities, programs, and reach within the community. This included the creation of an extensive curriculum program combining conservation, animals, and Missouri state standards. By 2015, three full curriculum programs were rolled out and ZooED was officially born…

The Kansas City Zoo’s ZooED program fosters the next generation of conservation-minded citizens through cross-curricular, standards-based learning experiences. Three ZooED programs currently exist, with an early learning curriculum program in the works for future use. They are: 

  • Meet the [Animal] is designed for early elementary students (grades 1-3)

  • Manage the [Animal] is recommended for upper elementary students (grades 4-6)

  • Maintain the [Animal] serves secondary science, biology and zoology students (grades 8-12)

Who can use ZooED?


ZooED is free and accessible for all students in the Zoological Tax District. This includes public, private, parochial, charter and home schools and other educational organizations in Jackson or Clay counties.


At this time, ZooED curriculum is not available to groups outside the Tax District.


What's Included?



The kids LOVE it!  They want to get their books out even when it's not the scheduled time.  We are SO thankful that we had the opportunity to be a part of this! 

- Carla Williams

Laurel Hills Elementary

Are you a current or past ZooED teacher that would like to send us a testimonial on how ZooED has impacted your students? Contact us at!

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Creating Future Conservationists! 


Josie C.

Age 10/Grade 4

Lee's Summit School District Online Learning

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