Second graders becoming 'zoo scholars' at Seneca Park Zoo

Schools in the Rochester City School District are taking the classroom to the Seneca Park Zoo this week. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - There are few better natural teachers than Mother Nature herself.

Schools in the Rochester City School District are taking the classroom to the Seneca Park Zoo this week.

Zoo Scholars is a first-of-its-kind experimental learning program designed to drive science, math and English-Language Arts standards.

Second graders from the district spent a few hours Tuesday gathering data and measurements of the elephants and sea lions to bring back to their classroom for additonal activities and assignments.

Maria Marsala, one of the teachers on the field trip, said this is a great way to get kids in a more active learning environment.

"They get to have social interactions with zoo staff and other children from other schools, Marsala said. "They get to see animals in their real habitats and not just on a video in the classroom or from books. I think the children really enjoy the experience of getting out and about in the community and seeing what's available to them during the whole year they can come visit."

The district expects roughly 1,300 students to participate.

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