Norris Kindergarten classes visit the Elephants at the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo via distance learning.

Norris Kindergarten classes visit the Elephants at the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo via distance learning.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Norris Kindergarten classes took a field trip to the Zoo without leaving their school on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.  Students packed the auditorium as zoo keepers from the Henry Doorly Zoo put on an interactive and educational program about elephants at the zoo.  This was the first time the zoo had done a live distance learning presentation at the elephant exhibit.

The distance learning programs at the zoo bring classes inside the most popular exhibits at one of the world’s best zoos through video conferencing. The students can step inside the world’s largest indoor desert, or North America’s largest indoor rainforest without leaving your classroom. They learn about the amazing animals and ecosystems at the zoo, speak with experts, and sometimes get to meet one of the animal ambassadors. These programs are fun, interactive, and correlate with state and national standards.


Sandy Delzell, Kindergarten teacher at the Norris Elementary School coordinates these distance learning events for all of the Kindergarten classes at Norris.