Connections to Africa: Teacher Kits


African Elephant Crossing moves Cleveland Metroparks Zoo a major step toward becoming a national leader in elephant conservation education and a provider of innovative science programming for all ages. The exhibit's purpose is to ignite a passion for elephants and other African wildlife and wild places through encouraging understanding of the elephant habitat, cultural surroundings, their plight in the wild, and the need for conservation action that will contribute to the conservation of elephants in the wild.

Participation in a Connections to Africa Teacher Workshop is highly recommended for teachers interested in using these kits.

Zoo staff and local teachers developed inquiry-based educational programming and exhibitry that connects students to the science and technology described in the State of Ohio's academic content standards. For more information on educational opportunities both at the Zoo, or in the classroom, please call 216.635.3391.

Teacher kits containing lesson plans and hands-on materials for use in your classroom are available for check-out to you 2 weeks prior to your field trip date. Kits must be reserved ahead of time by calling 216.635.3391.

Teacher Classroom Kit Contains the Following:


  • Inquire Within
  • Face to Face with Elephants
  • Seven Blind Mice
  • Eyewitness Books: Elephant
  • Our Ecological Footprint
  • Disappearing Forests
  • Disappearing Wildlife
  • Global Warming
  • Oceans and Rivers in Danger
  • Polluted Air


  • Echo and Other Elephants
  • Wild Africa


  • African Elephant Foot
  • African Elephant Molar
  • African Elephant Poop
  • Mopani Worm
  • Elephant Poo Paper Journal

Teaching Aids:

Observation Tools:

  • Binoculars
  • Tape Measure
  • Pocket Magnifier
  • Renewable Energy Kit
  • Garmin eTrex GPS Units

Program Backpack Contains (receive upon arrival):

  • Trundle Wheel
  • Binoculars
  • Tape Measure
  • Stopwatch
  • Clipboard with Data Sheet
  • Teacher Guide

Backpacks for use by you and your chaperones are available to your group for 90 minutes, although the program may not take the entire time. Backpacks must be reserved ahead of time by calling 216-635-3391. The backpacks contain step-by-step program instructions along with several handy tools that will help your students with their discoveries.