Conley Students Visit Brookfield Zoo Without Leaving Classroom

The third-grade classes of Conley Elementary School teachers Michele DeLaPaz and Kelly Fusco got an up-close-and-personal lesson from a curator of the Brookfield Zoo without having to leave the classroom.

Students chatted with Andy Snider, curator of herpetology and aquatics at the Chicago Zoological Society-Brookfield Zoo, via Skype on March 6 as part of a science lesson on designing exhibits.

Students got to ask questions that go beyond what could be found in a standard science textbook to one of the area’s most respected experts. Questions ranged from what animals are fed to what types of animals can share an exhibit space to the types and materials of shelters and how much light certain animals need.

Check out a sample of the conversation below: