Chimp Haven is the world’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary. Normally, you could go and visit the Chimps and see them at play, at their facility located less than 30 miles outside of Shreveport.
The pandemic has prevented us from being able to visit, sadly. No worries, they miss us as much as we have missed them, so they have launched a new online educational series.
This series is geared towards upper elementary and middle school students in grades 5 through 8. What a neat way for us to get to learn all about our favorite chimpanzees!
This series starts this fall and promises to feature activities that join existing lessons for elementary school students while providing new ways for the public to engage with the sanctuary and learn more about its more than 300 chimpanzees with enriching content ALL from the comforts of home.
These all new online educational activities will provide middle school students with a variety of lessons on chimpanzee behavior, enrichment, habitats and life at the sanctuary that are both educational and enriching.
“We’re thrilled to expand our online educational activities to advance our mission of educating the public about our fascinating chimpanzees and the species as a whole,” said Chimp Haven President and CEO Rana Smith.
“Our team were inspired by education standards, not a particular curriculum, to develop these activities with the goal of providing flexibility for educators and parents to incorporate our educational tools into their individual at-home or classroom learning styles.”
The structure of the series is inspired by middle school level Next Generation Science standards, which promote rich content for an internal benchmark standard for science education.
Each lesson will includes a blog or video and a complimentary keywords list, along with additional hands-on activities like designing a chimpanzee habitat, creating an enrichment calendar and learning how to practice chimpanzee behaviorist skills.
You can stay up-to-date on all chimp-related online learning HERE. Participants are encouraged to share their completed lessons with the sanctuary on social media as well.
Here is the current series schedule:
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