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Homeschool at the Zoo

We know that many homeschooling families embrace the freedom they have to enjoy experiences beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom. Let the Sedgwick County Zoo be your real-life, fresh-air, nearby learning lab. Take advantage of the opportunity to leave the computer and make contact with the exotic without leaving Wichita or breaking the family budget.

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.

Activities

We have resources and activities that will allow you to enhance your homeschool teaching experience. Contact us for Zoo Trunks and other materials and equipment for kids of all ages.

Learning Adventures

Plan an adventure to the Zoo for your students grades 1–5. There are lots of exciting hands-on adventures for your homeschool family. You can choose between formal and informal activities.

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.

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Homeschool Expeditions

This is a good way to supplement your science curriculum. Classes are for grades 1-5 and cover various topics including animal science, life science, and physical science. Homeschool parents are actively involved so they can answer questions at home and further develop subjects that grab their kids. Classes are held rain or shine and some involve time out in the Zoo, so dress for the weather. The fee of $15 for members / $17 for nonmembers covers up to five family members. Each additional person is $5. Programs take place from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Registration is now open for all classes through June.               

  • Mar 4 Wed - Pollinating Powerhouses
    What is pollination? Who does it? Why does it matter? We are going to investigate all those questions and meet a very special group of pollinators!
  • Apr 1 Wed - Earth Day Every Day
    As inhabitants of this amazing blue planet we have a responsibility to be good stewards of the resources found here. Every day should be Earth Day, but what does that mean in real life? Together we will explore simple real life ways our daily behaviors can make a positive impact on our planet, lessening our footprint and allowing for a healthier environment.
  • May 6 Wed - Super Celebration
    We have worked so hard learning about animals and nature all year, it’s time for that hard work to be rewarded! What better way to celebrate than going on your very own guided tour in the Zoo! We will learn some cool inside information and have a fun time enjoying each other as we celebrate a wonderful year of learning!

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Contacts
Cargill Learning Center:  
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 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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