The Education Outreach Program (EOP) is a free, public-service program to introduce K-6 students to
nonhuman primates, general health science concepts, animals in research, and
biomedical research programs and careers. It supports the California State Science
Using classroom-tested and age-appropriate
curriculum and manipulatives, children are presented with a 2-hour program.
Each session begins with a general introductory discussion, allowing
flexibility for questions and verbal discoveries. This is followed by a
generous amount of time for self-discovery using displays,
activities, educational tools, and experiments. A summary discussion follows, to tie
together ideas and answer common questions that have come up during the
self-discovery time. (Please note that due to health and safety reasons we do not bring animals into the classroom.)
coloring and activity book is provided to each child to use during the
discovery time, and to take with them to support continued learning of the
materials covered during the program. The children are encouraged to share the
book, information and excitement with their families and friends, extending the
program has been a huge success with the classes visited since it began in June
2003. Comments we have received indicate that the children, as well as the
adults, have a greater understanding of primates and health sciences, and the
positive benefits that the primate center has on their lives.
Future goals include expanding our program
to low-income and high-risk schools in Sacramento, Solano and Yolo Counties,
reaching the families that are lacking in exposure to, and experience in,
biomedical research, higher education and career opportunities in these fields.
If you are interested in finding out more about the program, or to schedule a visit to your classroom, please write to: