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Think Outside the Classroom Box

Before the walls and ceiling start closing in on your kids — send them to the Zoo for a change of scenery. If you have kids in grades 6–12, we have activities and learning adventures designed especially for them. Big kids can dig a little deeper into the wonders of animals and nature. No experience required, just a willingness to roll up your sleeves and a desire to have tons of fun!

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 - no older or younger siblings allowed, including infants.

Activities

We have animal related activities that extend your adventure beyond your regular Zoo visit and allow your kids to explore and learn on their own. Check out the adventure backpacks during your next trip to the Zoo.

Learning Programs

No video games or TV, just really amazing hands-on learning. Get your teen up and out as they participate in interactive programs with other like-minded teens.

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 - no older or younger siblings allowed, including infants.

So You Want To Be a Zookeeper?

Teens interested in animals will love this program. We will be getting close to some amazing residents of the Zoo and experiencing what it is like to care for them, including but not limited to diet prep, exhibit cleaning, and learning about their adaptations. The fee of $10 for members / $12 for nonmembers covers one student. We will be meeting every other month on the third Thursday. Classes run from 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Registration is now open for all classes through May.

  • Apr 17 Thu - Snakes
Contacts
Cargill Learning Center:   Middle/High School Ed Specialist
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, KS 62712
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 6, 2014 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).
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