Due to inclement weather, the National Zoo closed at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.
The Smithsonian seeks to bring content experts and educators together to help
strengthen American education and enhance our nation’s ability to compete
globally. The Smithsonian serves as a laboratory to create models and methods of
innovative informal education and link them to the formal education system.
Find great teaching materials, links to hundreds of online resources, and
opportunities for professional development.
The mission of this unique organization is to improve the K–12 teaching and learning of science for all students in the United States and throughout the world.
Here is just a small sample of the resources available for educators:
Smithsonian Institution scholars visit your school and
community to inspire the next generation of experts.
Smithsonian experts visit your town to lead events—lectures,
performances, and hands-on activities.
Standards-based online resources for teaching and learning American history.
Tools for teaching and promoting cultural understanding through music.
Resources for teaching American History with primary sources.
Curriculum materials and links to educational websites that include family and
classroom activities, photographs, bibliographies, and more.
Teacher workshops, videos for loan as well as online curriculum you can use in
School tours, classroom video conferences, education resources, professional
Information on educational activities at the Museum as well as resources provided
for classroom learning.
Find and create design-focused lesson plans, talk to educators from around the
country, and more.
Educational resources and events on Asian art and culture, as well as
American art at the turn of the twentieth century.
Educational resources to study and protect animals and their habitats.
Field trips, classroom resources, professional development, and online resources.
Inspire students to learn about the men and women who have
made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the
people of the United States.
Curriculum materials provide educators with tools for teaching about history,
letter writing, and more.
Multimedia and print materials for classroom use related to invention and
A model early childhood program that places children at the center of every experience.