These programs require the participation of at least one parent or other adult for every one to two registered children. These programs are designed for caregivers to interact with, and help facilitate the learning of the registered program participant. To best serve all of our Early Childhood participants, unregistered children may not participate in the programs. The fees for these programs are per child. There is no charge for the accompanying adult. Please list the accompanying adult on the registration form.

Adventures in Zookeeping

For children ages 5 - 6, accompanied by an adult

Come explore the wide variety of animal careers necessary to run the Zoo. We will test our poop scooping and snake hooking abilities, learn some amazing vet skills, and create real treats to enrich the lives of animals. You will even design your very own Zoo.

Limited to 16 children per session.

Instructor: Early Childhood Instructor

Fee: Zoo Members $25 / General Public $28

CodeDateDayTime 
C601Z1 June 1 M 9-11 a.m.
C601Z2 June 1 M 1-3 p.m.  
C708Z1 July 8 W 9-11 a.m.
C708Z2 July 8 W 1-3 p.m.  

Dig into Dinosaurs

For children ages 5 - 6, accompanied by an adult

As junior paleontologists, we’ll examine fossils, arrange skeletons and of course dig to uncover animal mysteries. We will explore what scientists have discovered about these prehistoric giants and meet some of their distant relatives. We will also create our own costumes to experience life as a dinosaur.

Limited to 16 children per session.

Instructor: Early Childhood Instructor

Fee: Zoo Members $24 / General Public $27

CodeDateDayTime 
C725D1 July 25 Sa 10-11:30 a.m.  
C725D2 July 25 Sa 1-2:30 p.m.  
C726D1 July 26 Su 10-11:30 a.m.  
C726D2 July 26 Su 1-2:30 p.m.  

Fabulous Furry Friends

For children ages 5 - 6, accompanied by an adult

Do you like furry animals? Here at the Zoo we have lots of very hairy animals called mammals. Come learn about some of the coolest mammals from right here in North America. We will visit some of these fabulous fuzzy creatures around the Zoo. Each participant will create a mammal track cast to take home.

Limited to 16 children per session.

Instructor: Early Childhood Instructor

Fee: Zoo Members $24 / General Public $27

CodeDateDayTime 
C720F1 July 20 M 9-11 a.m.  
C720F2 July 20 M 1-3 p.m.  
C824F1 Aug 24 M 9-11 a.m.  
C824F2 Aug 24 M 1-3 p.m.  

Wiggly Worms and Roly Polys

For children ages 5 - 6, accompanied by an adult

Why are “bugs” hard on the outside and squishy on the inside?  We will visit the Monsanto Insectarium to see our wonderful collection of insects and their friends.   Custom-design your own pair of wings, and morph into a beautiful butterfly!

Limited to 16 children per session.

Instructors:Zoo Docents 

Fee:Zoo Members $25/General Public $28

CodeDateDayTime 
C624WW June 24 W 9-11 a.m.  
C718WW July 18 Sa 9-11 a.m.