While looking through course syllabus for the General Biology Lab, I was surprised to find that our assignment for the second week of class was to take an individual field trip to the Maryland Zoo. When I am outside of classes, one of my favorite things to do is explore Baltimore (mostly it’s food), but I hadn’t ever considered taking a trip to the Zoo despite it’s close proximity to campus (3.2 miles away).

The Maryland Zoo’s mission focuses on the conservation of wildlife and wild places. It was the perfect place to visit because that week’s assignment was about evolution and conservation biology. Our class was tasked with considering how the zoo designs its exhibits while keeping its wildlife conservation mission in mind.

This is just one of many experiences I’ve had at Hopkins where professors have taken an innovative approach when designing their classes.

Here are a few clips from my day at the Zoo!