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You Don't Outgrow the Zoo—
It Grows with You!

Rediscover the Zoo. Learn more about our world and those who share it. We offer a variety of activities, events and programs for adults. You'll learn interesting facts about the Zoo and meet new people!

Guests with special needs are welcome. Please contact the education department for more information.

Classes meet in the Cargill Learning Center unless otherwise noted. Space is limited; therefore pre-registration is required. Please contact Cargill Learning Center to reserve your place. Classes take place rain or shine. Please remember, for everyone's safety and enjoyment all class participants must meet age requirements.

Activities

We have events and activities that extend beyond your daily visit and allow you to learn more about the Zoo you support and love.

Learning Programs

You don't need kids to have a great time at the Zoo. In fact you will discover a whole new Zoo adventure. Adult programs are a great way to spend your first date or your 101st date.

Classes meet in the Cargill Learning Center unless otherwise noted. Space is limited; therefore pre-registration is required. Please contact Cargill Learning Center to reserve your place. Classes take place rain or shine. Please remember, for everyone's safety and enjoyment all class participants must meet age requirements.

Coffee Connections

Join us in the Cargill Learning Center the first Monday of every month to learn about new tidbits at the Zoo! Various Zoo staff and docents will give us a little insight into the inner workings of the Zoo and what is happening. Sit down, relax, and have a cup of joe from our friends at The Spice Merchant! This FREE program is geared towards adults but all ages are welcome. Advance registration is not required. Programs begin at 9:00 a.m.  

  • Nov 7 Mon - Rachel Adams, Tropics
  • Dec 5 Mon - Kinna Middleton, Africa

    2017 Dates
  • Feb 7 Mon - North America
  • Mar 6 Mon - Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Apr 3 Mon - Veterinary Medicine
  • May 1 Mon - Children's Farms
  • Jun 5 Mon - Horticulture
  • Jul 3 Mon - Zookeeper Apprentice
  • Aug 7 Mon - Administration
  • Oct 2 Mon - Tropics
  • Nov 6 Mon - Australia/South America Birds
  • Dec 4 Mon - Education

Sponsored by: The Spice Merchant

Social Hours

Wild Wines
Friday, November 18, 2016: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

For wine novices and connoisseurs: an entertaining and casual atmosphere where we will explore tastes from all over the world. Labels and names of wines are large parts of why we buy wine. Take a sip on the wild side as we learn more about wines and the animals in their names! Sponsored in part by our friends at Glazer's.The fee of $30 for members / $35 for nonmembers covers one adult. Attendees must be 21 or over. Program begins at 6:00 p.m.

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Coffee with a Hint of Conservation
Saturday, January 21, 2017: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
More information coming soon!

Pucker Up: The Science Behind Taste
Saturday, February 11, 2017: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

More information coming soon!

Beastly Beers: Craft Beers edition
Friday, April 7, 2017: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

We enjoy Beastly Beers so much, we decided to invite our local Friends to showcase their wild beers as well. Come join the fun as you visit stations on your own and taste highlighted beers from around Wichita. Sponsored in part by our friends at the House of Schwan and Glazer's. The fee of $30 for members / $35 for nonmembers covers one adult. Attendees must be 21 or over. Program begins at 6:00 p.m.

Registration opens in December.

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Drunken Botanist
Friday, June 30, 2017: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
We are teaming up with our wonderful horticulture department in a class inspired by Amy Stewart’s, The Drunken Botanist. We will explore the world of plants while sipping some samples of plant-created beverages! Our friends from House of Schwan and Glazer’s will be offering their expertise on spirits as we walk the Zoo! The fee of $30 for members / $35 for nonmembers covers one adult. Attendees must be 21 or over. Program begins at 6:00 p.m.

Registration opens in December.

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Ice Cream in the Congo
Saturday, July 15, 2017: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

More information coming soon!

Beastly Beers
Saturday, August 12, 2017: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Come to the Zoo for an evening tour and taste testing of a variety of beers with animals on the labels. We will be discussing the differences in tastes and colors along with good pairings. Dress casually for a fun, informal evening. The fee of $30 for members / $35 for nonmembers covers one adult. Attendees must be 21 or over. Program begins at 6:00 p.m.

Registration opens in December.

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Cocktails with the Creatures
Saturday, September 30, 2017: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Why not try a new spirit out at the Zoo? We will be trying cocktails inspired by animals while strolling the pathways of the Zoo. Light snacks will be provided. Sponsored in part by our friends at the House of Schwan and Glazer's. The fee of $30 for members / $35 for nonmembers covers one adult. Attendees must be 21 or over. Program begins at 6:00 p.m.

Registration opens in December.

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FrogWatch USA is a long-term frog monitoring program educating volunteers on how to get involved in their community to:

  • Collect and report information about frog populations in the United States.
  • Promote an appreciation for the diversity of frog in the United States.
  • Foster an understanding of the importance of protecting wetland habitats.
  • Provide an opportunity to learn about and establish a closer relationship with the natural environment.

Anyone can be a monitor! You do not have to be a frog expert to make an important contribution; all you need is an interest in frogs and toads, the commitment to learn to identify their distinct calls, and visit a wetland several evenings during the breeding season. FrogWatch training is currently available at NO COST.

Many previously abundant frog populations have experienced dramatic population declines, both in the United States and around the world. Amphibians are an essential component of aquatic and terrestrial food webs, serving as both predators and prey. They can also function as indicators of larger, broader environmental problems, so it is essential that we understand the scope, geographic scale, and cause of these declines.

FrogWatch Training
  - Two Day Training Required
Part 1: Class AND Part 2: Frog Calls

At FrogWatch Training you will be asked to:

  • Monitor a site
  • Potentially set a new site
  • Pass a written and listening quiz
  • Participate actively
  • Be comfortable reviewing and submitting data to FrogWatch Chapter

More questions? Call 316.266.8328

Contacts
Cargill Learning Center:   Adult Education Specialist
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67212
t: (316) 266-8213
f: (316) 712-9867
Hours of Operation
Summer Hours8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning March 1)
Winter Hours10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning November 1)
Open 364 Days a Year!*
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 9, 2017 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).
Downloads
FrogWatch Training 2014 download pdf
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