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Guests with special needs are welcome. Please contact the education department for more information.
* Rates are subject to change without notice.
This program is to help Title 1 public schools within Sedgwick County visit the Zoo this year. The program will offer reimbursement of up to $400 per bus to schools for field trip transportation costs.
To receive this funding, Sedgwick County Title 1 public schools need to complete the following steps:
Registration for transportation reimbursements will be on a first-come, first-served. Title 1 schools may ask for more than one reimbursement in the school year.
Interested Title 1 schools should call the Cargill Learning Center at 316.266.8213 for more information or to register.
You may schedule an Investigation Station for your class Monday-Wednesday* at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 or 11:30 a.m. in April and May—just in time for your field trip to the Zoo. Investigation Stations allow your students to interact, investigate, explore, and meet an animal ambassador. Each program will include: artifacts, inquiry-based activity, animal information and a live animal. There is a maximum of one school group (40 students) per 20-minute program. All classes are aligned to Kansas State Science Standards. This program is at no cost. Please plan to arrive at least five minutes before your scheduled program.
If you would like to check on availability of an Investigation Station please use this e-mail form.
Critter Coats – American Barn - Monday through Friday
Migration Madness – Big Bear Watering Hole - Monday through Wednesday
Who’s Who – Tiger Look Out - Monday through Wednesday
Shark Attacks Bite – POET Gazebo - Monday through Wednesday
*Critter Coats Investigation Station is also available on Thursday and Friday at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 or 11:30 a.m.
You may schedule a program in our auditorium for no additional charge. Auditorium programs last approximately 45 minutes and are held in the Education auditorium. They involve an AV presentation, audience participation and animal biofacts (skulls, feathers, fur, etc.). There is no charge for this program.
Program can serve ten to 300 people and are scheduled on-the-hour. Kindergarten and preschool groups are limited to 50 students per program. One adult for every ten students is required. We ask that these adults distribute themselves throughout the students during the presentation. Groups with less than 30 students may be combined with other like groups.
We ask that you schedule your educational program at least two weeks prior to your preferred visit date. Scheduling begins in August for each school year. Programs fill up quickly in the spring. We suggest scheduling as soon as possible and planning trips during the fall and winter months. It is only possible to schedule one type of program per visit to the Zoo. If you would like to check on availability of an Auditorium Program please use this e-mail form.
Confirmation: Soon after you schedule your program you will receive a confirmation packet which will include confirmation of the date and time, a payment form, and pre-visit instructions. Please check the letter carefully and call the Education Department if there are any problems or changes. Due to tight schedules, programs will be cancelled if groups are more than ten minutes late. Groups that do not show up AND do not call a minimum of 30 minutes before the program is scheduled to begin will be charged a $10.00 service charge. This will be invoiced to the school.
Parents with siblings are encouraged to enjoy the Zoo or wait in the foyer during the presentation. For those parents with younger siblings who decide to join a program we ask that you be courteous and exit the program if the sibling becomes unruly or disruptive.
Preschool — 30 minute programs. There is a maximum of 50 studetns per program.
Kindergarten — 20 minute programs. There is a maximum of 50 students per program
Make Your Day at the Zoo a Great Day at the Zoo
To make your visit to the Zoo more educational and enjoyable, we recommend that you have at least one adult for each ten students. We encourage sponsors and teachers to review the following rules with their groups:
The Zoo reserves the right to contact school administrators if misconduct by students occurs.
Guest Services staff patrol the Zoo grounds. They carry radios and will be happy to assist anyone who needs help. In case of severe weather, Guest Services and other Zoo staff will alert you of the conditions and show you where to take shelter. First Aid plus Lost and Found are located at the Zoo Entrance.
Plaza Beastro offers sack lunches for $5.00 each. Please call 266-8226 one week in advance to make arrangements. If you prefer, you can bring your sack lunches in protective labeled containers, which may be stored in the shelter areas near Plaza Beastro. Please do not leave them near the Entrance or Gift Shop area.
Grab Bags, (also knows as party favors or in this case: field trip favors) are available for group purchase through the Gift Shop. Please call 266-8234 one week in advance to make arrangements.
If you have students with special needs that require assistance from our staff, please notify us at 266-8288.
When in the Cargill Learning Center, please remember that the same rules apply here as they do in a school building.
Please, don’t keep these rules a secret! It will make your trip to the Zoo a lot more fun if you take a few minutes to go over these with your group before your visit. THANKS!
This year, the Sedgwick County Zoo has joined the TerraCycle Drink Pouch Brigade.
TerraCycle converts drink pouch material into innovative products like tote bags and pencil cases. You may drop off your empty drink pouches from Capri Sun® and Honest Kids® at the Cargill Learning Center and we’ll send them to be recycled.
Questions about the program? Click here to e-mail Sedgwick County Zoo Education
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67212
t: (316) 266-8213
f: (316) 712-9867
t: (316) 266-8360
Hours of Operation
Open 364 Days a Year!*
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 6, 2014 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).