Youth Programs

With programs for every age, your child (and your family!) can grow with the Zoo.


Zoo Tots

(ages 18 mos to 5 yrs)

Zoo Tots is a six-week series designed for you to have fun and learn alongside your child. Each week has a different topic and new ways to enjoy the Zoo!

Jr. Zookeeper

(ages 10 to 15)

Does your teen want to be a zookeeper when he or she grows up? In this interactive program, participants will learn more about the Zoo’s animals, interact with keepers, and spend time learning about what a daily zookeeper routine consists of in order to care for our animal collection.


Is your child interested in more than attending a program?

We have volunteer opportunities specifically for teens ages 13 to high school senior, including the ZooTeens program. You can read about those here.


Zoo Tots (ages 18 months - 5 years)

Join us for a six-week series where children learn through play with their favorite play partner: you! Each week you will make friends with nature through play experiences, art, songs, special animal friends and take a zoo hike to an animal exhibit.

The ZooTots series is offered two times a year, in Spring (April to mid-May) and Fall (mid-August to September). Zoo Tots programs are divided into three age groups: 18 months to 23 months, 2 to 3 years, and 4 to 5 years.

Please note: Due to space limitations, only one adult may attend with each registered child. Only those registered for the class may attend. No additional children (including infants) and/or adults may attend with you and your child.

   

Program Dates & Times:

Weeks of August 21, 2016 – September 25, 2016
*You will attend class the same day and time each week of the series based on the schedule below.

Fall Topics:

  • Week 1 - Numbers in Nature
  • Week 2 - ABC Zoo
  • Week 3 - Colors of Creatures
  • Week 4 - Animal Shapes
  • Week 5 - WILD Sounds
  • Week 6 - Numbers, Letters, Shapes! Oh my!
 

Ages 18 - 23 mos.

Wednesday: 9 - 10 am

Age 2-3 yrs

Wednesday: 10:15 - 11:15 am
Thursday: 9 - 10 am
Thursday: 10:15 - 11:15 am
Thursday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday: 9 - 10 am

Ages 4 - 5 yrs

Wednesday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday: 10:15 - 11:15 am

 

Cost of Program:

Members $100 for entire series
Non-Members $125 for entire series

Register for Fall ZooTots

 
 

Jr. Zookeeper (ages 10-15)

Does your teen want to be a zookeeper when he or she grows up? In this interactive program, participants will learn more about the Zoo’s animals, interact with keepers, and spend time learning about what a daily zookeeper routine consists of in order to care for our animal collection.

Offered six months out of the year, each month will focus on a different theme. Two age group offerings are available each month.

 

Program Topics & Dates

Animal Eaters: Carnivore, herbivore, or omnivore?

Did you know that you can tell what an animal eats by just looking at its different adaptations? Learn about different animal eaters by observing eye placement, teeth differences, fecal shapes, and more!

Dates

June 15, 9:30am-2pm (10-12 year olds)
June 25, 9:30am-2pm (13-15 year olds)

Social Butterfly or Lone Wolf?

Do you like to spend your time alone, or with a group of friends? Explore group dynamics for different types of animals, names of the groupings, and how species benefit from being solitary or social.

Dates

July 13th, 9:30am-2pm (13-15 year olds)
July 30th, 9:30am-2pm (10-12 year olds)

 

Cost of Program:

Members $50 per class
Non-Members $75 per class

Register for Jr. Zookeeper
Please note, a minimum of 7 participants is needed for the class to take place. In the event a class does not fill, we will contact registrants.

 

   

Register for Jr. Zookeeper

 
 

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