Zoo U. | Conservation Genetics


For students in grades 9-12

This semester of ZooU we will be exploring all about how genetics play a huge role in conservation. We will learn about the basics of genetic diversity, how humans are affecting it, and why it is so important to conserve for the future of our ecosystems. Join us this semester to learn all about conservation genetics through activities, tours, and hands on activities!

This class is four sessions that take place on Saturdays. Follow the link to register! (The link will register you for all four sessions)



This semester we are offering an optional field trip for our ZooU Conservation Genetics students, the afternoon of April 1. We will be heading up to Seneca Valley High School’s Center for Biotechnology Research Lab to partake in both genetics’ lab and field work with Biology Teacher Tom Lavelle. We will get to run samples from the lab using genetic techniques and collect our own samples from the creek around the campus. **Appropriate footwear for a short trail walk is required.**

If attending the field trip, a pizza lunch will be provided after the morning session and transportation will be provided for the trip. We will be departing the Zoo around 12:45pm and arriving back at the zoo for pickup at 4:30pm. This is a great opportunity to get cool experience with both lab and field work and I encourage and hope everyone will join us!

February 18

March 4

March 18

April 1

9:30 a.m. – 12: 00 p.m.

Education Complex

$180 for Zoo Members

$230 for Non-members