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The National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is proud to partner with the National Head Start Association to bring together resources from seven Smithsonian museums to support initiative and curiosity, language and communication, and exploration and discovery in Head Start classrooms nationwide!

Get a Head Start with the Smithsonian encourages early STEAM learning through play with live virtual field trips to the Zoo and wrap-around activities and resources designed by educators from the National Zoo, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American History, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Postal Museum, and the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center.

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Signing up gets you access to the live program as well as follow-up lessons and resources.

Do Sea Lions Wear Sunglasses?

March 21 @ 2:00 p.m. ET
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Head Start’s Birthday Party at the Zoo

May 16 @ 2:00 p.m. ET
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Digital Backpack!

Ready for more FUN resources? Access your digital backpack for more adventures with our Zoo pals, plus Smithsonian treasure activities that are made just for Head Start!

Now On-Demand

NHSA And The Zoo In The Classroom: Me, You, and Elephants Too!

“Me, You, and Elephants Too!” means learning Identity, Culture and Community through the experience of observing elephants from Smithsonian's National Zoo!

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NHSA and the Zoo in the Classroom: Cheetahs

“Pre-Math with Cheetahs” means counting with colorful critters as fun and engaging way to learn pre-math concepts! 

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NHSA and Zoo in the Classroom: Elephants

Watch the NHSA in the Classroom virtual field trip to Smithsonian’s National Zoo to see the elephants, recording and resources provided.

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NHSA and Zoo in the Classroom: Cats of All Kinds

Join NHSA in the Classroom for a virtual field trip to Smithsonian's National Zoo to see cats of all kids!

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Webinar: NHSA and Zoo in the Classroom with Small Mammals

Join NHSA in the Classroom for a virtual field trip to the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Small Mammal program!

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NHSA in the Classroom: Celebrating Pandaversary!

NHSA in the Classroom with Goats and Chickens

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