Classes include live animals, biofacts, and observation and investigation activities to help meet your child’s science needs.  Programs are held on select Mondays each month.  New this season, we are offering additional sessions on select Fridays covering the same content as the Monday sessions.  Classes meet in the lower level of The Living World Building.

Students in Grades K - 3

Limited to 24 participants per afternoon session
Fee: Zoo Members $18/General Public $20

Super Inverts
No bones about it! Come explore the world of animals with no bones and discover their amazing adaptations.

H0111SI1 - January 11 (M); 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
H0111SI2 -  January 11 (M); 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
H0115SI - January 15 (F); 1 - 3 p.m.

Super Sea Animals
Let’s dive right in and discover what kinds of animals call the ocean home.

H0208SA1 - February 8 (M); 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
H0208SA2 - February 8 (M); 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
H0212SA - February 12 (F); 1 - 3 p.m. 

Super Herps
Reptiles and amphibians, oh my! Let’s find out what makes these scaly and slimy animals so interesting.

H0318SH - March 18 (F); 1 - 3 p.m.
H0321SH1 - March 21 (M); 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
H0321SH2 - March 21 (M); 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

Super Communication
Animals can’t talk, but they can communicate in more ways that you can imagine. Discover how animals use their five senses to survive.

H0418SC1 - April 18 (M); 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
H0418SC2 - April 18 (M); 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
H0422SC - April 22 (F); 1 - 3 p.m. 

Students in Grades 4 - 5

Limited to 16 students per session
Fee: Zoo Members $18/General Public $20

The World of Primates
Primates come in all shapes and sizes.  In this class, we will learn about what makes this group so fascinating as we become researchers and observe these amazing animal’s behaviors.

H0111WP - January 11 (M); 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
H0115WP - January 15 (F); 1 - 3 p.m. 

Pollinators
These animals may be small in size, but are quite mighty and play an important role in ecosystems.  We will take a closer look at their special adaptations and how we can help them in our backyards.

H0208PO - February 8 (M); 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
H0212PO - February 12 (F); 1 - 3 p.m. 

The World of Oceans
Let’s dive deeper into a world of water as we explore the different layers of the ocean, the animals that call it their home, and how we are all connected through waterways.

H0318WO - March 18 (F); 1 - 3 p.m. 
H0321WO - March 21 (M); 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

Sensational Senses
We have five senses, but did you know that some animals have more?  In this class, we will discover a new world of sensory adaptations.

H0418SS - April 18 (M); 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
H0422SS - April 22 (F); 1 - 3 p.m. 

Students in Grades 6 - 8

Limited to 16 students per session
Fee: Zoo Members $18/General Public $20

Decoding the Scene
What made that track in the sand?  Animals often leave evidence of themselves behind.  We will revisit some of the techniques from Animal Tracks and Signs: Africa, and learn some new techniques for gathering these clues for further study.

H0111DS - January 11 (M); 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
H0115DS - January 15 (F); 1 - 3 p.m. 

Tell Time With a Fly
Some of the grossest jobs on earth are done by decomposers.  Parasites have an even fouler job.  Let’s discover how these two different types of animals play important roles in our ecosystem.

H0208TT - February 8 (M); 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
H0212TT - February 12 (F); 1 - 3 p.m. 

Cellular Secrets
The things inside your cells can give away more of your story than you think.  We will learn how DNA and knowledge of genetics can help solve a crime.

H0318CS - March 18 (F); 1 - 3 p.m. 
H0321CS - March 21 (M); 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

What the Bones Know
Bones can tell a story.  Students will take a closer look at bones to determine how the animals in question might have lived their lives.

H0418BK - April 18 (M); 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
H0422BK - April 22 (F); 1 - 3 p.m. 

Students in Grades 5 - 8

Homeschool Deep Dive Days

Junior Marine Biologist 

What does it take to be a marine biologist?  Come along with us for a splashing good time as we investigate the many kinds of animals that live in the ocean and learn what marine biologists study.  Bring a lunch and a beverage.

Limited to 15 participants
Fee: Zoo Members $43/General Public $45
H0229JB - February 29 (M); 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Junior Zoologist (NEW!)

Zoologists are life scientists who study animals.  In this class, we will highlight the similarities and differences among primates, and learn about the dynamic groups we have here at the Zoo.  Come and focus on all things monkey and ape!  Bring a lunch and a beverage.

Limited to 15 participants
Fee: Zoo Members $43/General Public $45
H0328JZ - March 28 (M); 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Field Herp (NEW!)

Meet at the Zoo, and then spend the day with us exploring the Shaw Nature Reserve in search of amphibians and reptiles. We’ll learn the best places to find them and how to observe them once we do. Transportation will be provided. Bring your lunch and a beverage.

Limited to 12 participants
Fee: Zoo Members $60/General Public $65
H0502FH - May 2 (M); 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.