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Get out of the classroom and into the Zoo! Your elementary school age kids can learn more about animals from around the world through Activities and Learning Adventures designed for inquiring minds. If you're looking for activities and learning adventures that your kids grades K–5 will actually enjoy — you've come to the right place!

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

Classes are held 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 - no older or younger siblings allowed, including infants.

Activities

We have activities that elementary school age kids will actually enjoy.  From adventure backpacks to creature campouts, the Zoo fits boys and girls, big and small!

Learning Adventures

Plan to meet your friends at the Zoo. Discover what animals are in danger and what you can do to help! What do the animals do to keep cool in the summer or stay warm in the winter? Learn more about the animal care and conservation programs at the Zoo through these learning adventures.

Classes are held 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 - no older or younger siblings allowed, including infants.

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ZOOper Kids

These 2-hour programs for children in grades 1–5 include interactive learning, a Zoo walk, story time and a craft. The fee of $8 for members / $10 for nonmembers covers one child. These programs take place rain or shine. Classes run from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Registration is now open for all classes through November.               

  • Aug 8 Sat - Dog Days of Summer
    It sure is hot out there! Can you think of some ways for you and your friends to cool off? Animals must spend a good part of their day keeping cool as well, some have come up with some pretty “cool” strategies! Zookeepers have engineered some pretty inventive ways to keep the animals in their care from overheating as well! Together we will learn about how wild animals and animals in our care spend the dog days of summer!
  • Sep 5 Sat - The Eyes Have It
    Some people say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, okay but how do they work and what are the advantages to having the sense of sight? Do all animals see things the same? What does it mean to be color blind? If you have ever wondered these things then joins us for this “eye-opening” program and get answers to your “eye popping” questions.
  • Oct 17 Sat - The Unhuggables
    At this time of year we focus a lot on creepy crawlies and hairy and scary animals, and this class will be no different! We will learn about animals that are UNHUGGABLE for a variety of reasons. Even though these animals might be unhuggable it doesn’t mean they should be respected and appreciated and together we will discover that there is more than cute and fuzzy out there!
  • Nov 14 Sat - “Bear”ly Getting By
    In late summer and fall North American bears begin to ready themselves for winter. They eat an enormous amount of calories in preparation for the lean mean winter, but do bears all over the world display the same behaviors? Together we will explore the different bear species of the world and learn more about the nature of these great beasts!
  • Dec 12 Sat - Animal Gift Givers
    Ahhhh the season of giving; we know it is better to give than to receive but we aren’t the only ones giving gifts. What kinds of gifts do animals give and receive? Sometimes the animal on receiving end isn’t getting much of a gift at all and the giver is the real winner! We will explore symbiotic animal relationships and who gets what!

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Wonders of Wildlife (WOW)

Wonders of Wildlife workshops give children in grades 1–5 the opportunity to learn about our animals in fun and innovative ways. This is a program for students only, please. For all-day classes, plan to pack a sack lunch; this learning adventure will make you hungry. Program times vary. See below for fees per child.

  • Nov 25 Wed - Thanksgiving Safari: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
    What would Thanksgiving be without Thanksgiving Safari? Drop the kids off for fun while you make last-minute holiday preparations!

Before and After Care
We know parents have to work, so we now offer before and after care for full day WOW classes. Students may be dropped off at 7:30 a.m. and picked up by 5:30 p.m. Students will enjoy additional activities and parents can rest assured knowing their child will be supervised by Zoo staff the entire time! $5 for one day class; $15 for entire week. 

Contacts
Cargill Learning Center:   Elementary Education Specialist
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, KS 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 12, 2015 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).
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