Polly H. Hix
Institute for Education and Research
A wide variety of educational and conservation-oriented
programs at the Indianapolis Zoo are managed under the auspices
of the Polly H. Hix Institute for Education and Research. The Institute is located in the former Education Center building
at the front of the Zoo adjacent to the admission gates, and is
headed by Rob Shumaker, Vice President of Conservation and Life
Shumaker leads a multi-disciplined team of educators,
scientists, conservationists, and other Zoo staff to develop and
implement a far reaching series of programs that will have a
measurable, significant and positive impact on wildlife and wild
places around the planet, and help transform the City of
Indianapolis into a community that embraces environmental
stewardship as a core value. Indianapolis Zoo is very proud of
its ongoing educational programs, online resources, as well as
our programs for students, young people and teachers.
Every year, thousands of students from throughout Indiana take
field trips to the Indianapolis Zoo where school groups learn
more about animals from around the world.
Coming for a field trip? Join us for a 45 minute
interactive program where we do activities and explore one of
several areas on grounds.
Enter a world long kept in the dark — the Zoo at night.
Nocturnal Adventures, the Zoo's overnight program, will show you
what most Zoo visitors only imagine. Also available is our “Bunk
for Badge” overnight programs for Brownie and Junior girl
Since the 1970s, our staff has been providing children the
opportunity to explore the wonders of the Indianapolis Zoo. Each
summer, join us for tours of the Zoo and Gardens, hands-on
animal interactions, games, songs, creative craft projects,
animal shows, and more. Zoo summer camps are well organized,
well supervised and provide interesting, educational activities
for the participants.
Zoos have the power to carry us from the frozen tundra of
Antarctica to the deepest jungles of Africa. With a Distance
Learning program, students can reach across the miles for an
amazing learning experience. The Indianapolis Zoo invites
teachers to connect with that power right in your own classroom.
Our educational suitcases give your students hands-on activities
focusing on animals here at the Zoo and around the
world. Kits include a teacher's manual and props like books,
artifacts, posters and activities.