Principles of Animal Behavior guided field study introduces elementary and middle school students to exotic animals, wildlife preservation
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Disney Youth Education Series (YES) recently unveiled its newly reimagined Principles of Animal Behavior program at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, providing students with more opportunities to learn and discover in ways that help inspire them to reach their individual potential. The program allows students to explore the wonders of the animal world using the Walt Disney World Resort as the backdrop to learn about natural sciences.
During their interactive survival adventure, students participating in this new program will not only discover more about animal behaviors and the science of analyzing data, but also about the global impact of human actions on the environment and the role of conservation in their own lives.
The newly redesigned Principles of Animal Behavior features more hands-on activities with an emphasis on allowing students to lead the program. These activities, such as building a biodome and babysitting a cotton-top tamarin monkey plush, are used to illustrate the concepts students have learned in schools in a distinctly Disney way.
“It’s such a fun, hands-on program,” said Anita Dees, Education Coordinator for Disney’s Animal Programs. “It doesn’t seem like you’re in school; they’re learning and excited. It’s almost like they’re hungry to learn more about the animals.”
Because the Youth Education Series is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission, students can experience exceptional educational experiences that bring classroom subjects to life in engaging, hands-on ways. YES programs are also endorsed by DECA and the National Association for Gifted Children, and its programs also align with several national science, social studies and math standards. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is also accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.
This exciting reimagined animal behavior program comes as Disney’s Animal Kingdom experiences its own wild transformation with the new “Rivers of Light” nighttime show opening spring 2016, as well as the addition of the mythical world of Pandora, inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR in 2017.
Those looking for more educational opportunities can find “Disney’s The Jungle Book” Educator’s Guide and Activity Packet, created in partnership with the Disneynature Educational Team, at movies.disney.com/the-jungle-book-2016. Young explorers also have the chance to participate in a quest with the new “Lion Guard Adventure” throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom and can stop by Rafiki’s Planet Watch to discover the new “Zootopia” exhibit.