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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 November.               

  • Aug 19 Wed - Traipsing Through the Tropics
    The Tropics exhibit (formerly the Jungle exhibit) is newly re-opened. We will begin our program in the classroom talking about the reasons for the name change then head on over to tour the renovated exhibit! Come armed with all the facts you know about the tropics region because we will do lots of sharing!
  • Sep 2 Wed - Zookeeper - Fact or Fiction
    Lots of people think they want to be a zookeeper, but what does it really take to get the job done? We will spend our time learning about what a zookeeper really does in day and separate out some of the fantasy from the real tasks a zookeeper must attend to.
  • Oct 7 Wed - Predators and Prey
    The relationship between predator and prey is a delicate one, a relationship of all or nothing. How do these animals survive and thrive in each other’s presences? Survival is the end goal, but how have they adapted to each other to achieve that goal?
  • Nov 18 Wed - The Science of Autumn
    Autumn is an amazing season, full of changes of many things. Leaves change color, but why? Animals gorge on food, but why? Some animals seem to disappear, but why? You suddenly want to eat more, but why? Together we will jump into these questions and find some answers, and maybe even how to preserve a little of autumns beauty!
  • Dec 2 Wed - Nature’s Gifts
    Mother Nature provides animals, plants and humans with everything necessary for survival. We will spend our time exploring some of the gifts from Mother Nature and then we will create a nature craft gift to give to someone special.
     

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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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