Visitor & Tickets
Animals & Exhibits
Learning Adventures
The grizzly bear has a hump of muscles atop its shoulders, while in the black bear it is located further back. read more >
Home > Learning Adventures

Ready for Summer Fun?

Summer of fun for your kids:
♦ All classes meet Monday through Friday.
♦ Classes are held at the Cargill Learning Center.
♦ For your child's safety, please enter the building for drop off and pick up.
♦ Sorry, parents are not allowed to join in the fun!
♦ Limited Summer School T-shirts will be available for only $10 (plus tax).

NEW in 2016! For students age 9 and younger, each week’s classes will focus on an overall conservation theme. Participants will learn about how their class ties into that theme and create a program that will be presented during the last 15 minutes of class on Friday. Family members are encouraged to come early on Friday and discover what their child has been learning about all week.

Summer Learning Adventures Schedule>

Summer Learning Adventures Frequently Asked Questions>

Registration Now Open!

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 at 266-8213 for more information. 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.

2016 Fees & Registration


  • 1.5 hour classes — $55 for members, $70 for nonmembers
  • 3.5 hour classes — $110 for members, $130 for nonmembers
  • Zooniversity & Zookeeper Apprentice Program Freshmen and Sophomores — $115 for members, $125 for nonmembers

Registration Opens March 1.

A limited number of scholarships are available for 1.5 hour classes on a first-come, first-served basis for students who otherwise could not attend. There is a limit of one scholarship per person. You may not preregister for a class until the scholarship application has been completed and returned to the education department.

NOTE: For the safety and comfort of other participants, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone with a fever or who is noticeably sick.

Cancellation Policy>

Play Care

Students may stay at the Zoo by registering for care before, between or after summer school classes. Children ages four and older can enjoy activities and Zoo walks during this time. A snack and animal experience will be provided in all care after 8:30 a.m. There is a maximum of 15 children per session.

Early drop-off or late pick up: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m., 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., or 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
$35.00 each session per child for five days

Between classes: 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
$18.00 each session per child for five days

3 Year Olds

Students must be toilet-trained and ready for preschool.


Registration Now Open!

Cancellation Policy>

4 & 5 Year Olds

August 1 - 5
Kindergarten Critters: 8:30 a.m.- Noon
For children entering kindergarten
Refresh your almost kindergartener’s fundamentals and classroom etiquette as they explore animals and nature.

August 8 - 12
Wild Wardrobes: 8:30-10:00
Learn about the fur, feather, scales, and skins worn by the animals.

Growing Up: 10:30-12:00
Does a mother frog do the same thing as a mother wallaroo? Find out!
5 years old Kindergarten Critters

Kindergarten Critters – Half Day Class: 8:30 a.m. - Noon
For children entering kindergarten
Refresh your almost-kindergartener’s fundamentals and classroom etiquette as they explore animals and nature.

Registration Now Open!

Cancellation Policy>

6 & 7 Year Olds

August 1 - 5
Bare Necessities: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
All Zoo animals need the same things. Can you guess what?

ABCs of Conservation: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Always believe you can help animals and their homes.

Registration Now Open!

Cancellation Policy>

8-10 Year Olds

August 8 - 12
Animal Myth Busters - Half Day Class: 8:30 a.m. - Noon
From slimy snakes to quill-shooting porcupines, investigate animal myths and “bust” a few in the process!

Registration Now Open!

Cancellation Policy>

10-12 Year Olds - Junior Zookeepers

August 1 - 5
Junior Zookeeper: Tropics Birds: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Birds fly all around you. Do you have the keen eye needed to be a bird keeper?

Junior Zookeeper: Amphibians and Reptiles 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Discover how our keepers care for snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and more!

Junior Zookeeper: Veldt (giraffe, rhino, and hippo): 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. SOLD OUT
Learn how to feed a giraffe, brush a hippo’s teeth and much more.

Art with the Animals 2:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Discover a variety of art techniques and learn how they apply to the Zoo.

Registration Now Open!

Cancellation Policy>

13 Year Olds & Up

Zooniversity - For 13 year olds.
Join us for an in-depth look at what keepers do on a daily basis by spending two weeks of your summer with us. Students will work directly with animals in the Farms, develop public speaking skills, and explore all areas of the Zoo. This program runs Monday-Friday.

  • July 25 - August 5: 8:00 a.m. - Noon

Fees: Members: $115, nonmembers: $125

Registration Now Open!

Zookeeper Apprentice Program (ZAP) – Freshman Team

For ages 14 and older.
This is the first installment in a four-part program for teens at Sedgwick County Zoo. All students 14 years and older will start as freshman learning about basic animal husbandry as well as how zoos work. Freshman ZAP students will learn what it takes to be a zookeeper by working alongside keepers in our Farms as well as assisting with ZAP Make a Difference Days every Thursday.

This is a competitive program. Students are evaluated at the end of each session to determine eligibility in ZAP Sophomore. If a student is 15 or older, and there is space a Sophomore session, they may move forward in the same year.

This program runs Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

  • August 1 - August 12: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
    Fees: Members $115, nonmembers: $125

Teens will need to fill out the ZAP Information Form, ZAP Contract and ZAP Permission Form. Please return these documents to the Cargill Learning Center or mail to the address provided on form. 

Registration Now Open! 

Cancellation Policy>

Program Cancellations
In the event that a class is canceled by the Zoo, you will be notified one week before the class is scheduled to start and will receive a 100% refund. Refund processing takes three to four weeks.

Class Sign-in and Sign-out
Sign-in and Sign-out will take place inside the Cargill Learning Center in front of the appropriate classroom. In order to provide a secure environment, you MUST come inside to sign your child in and out and be prepared to show a photo ID.

If you will not be the one picking your child up, we need to know in writing who will be picking your child up. The person picking your child up must be prepared to show a photo ID before you child will be released to them. Children will not be released without these two items. Please let us know if there are people to whom your child CANNOT be released.

If you are going to be late dropping off or picking up your child, please let us know. If you are more than five minutes late, you will be charged for a Play Care Session. If you arrive after 5:35 p.m. to pick up your child in the evening, you will be charged $1.00 per minute you are late.

What is Play Care?
Play Care allows students a chance to extend their experience at the Sedgwick County Zoo and gives working parents some leeway in dropping off and picking up children. Play Care is open to all children ages 4 and older. While in Play Care students will enjoy time inside the Zoo, vist Sedgwick County Park, watch age-appropriate movies, play games, feed the ducks or fish and much more. This is not structured education time, but students will have lots of fun and learn more about animals and nature in the process. A snack and animal experience will be provided in all care after 8:30. There is a maximum of 15 children per session.

Do I Need to Fill Out Any Paperwork?
When registering online, you’ll be asked to fill out the appropriate waivers. Students enrolling in the Zookeeper Apprentice Program must also fill out an information form, a permission form and a contract.

May I Stay With My Child?
Sorry, classes are developed for children. Our teachers are very skilled at making your child feel comfortable while at the Zoo. If your child cannot remain in class without you for more than a few minutes, please wait another year before enrolling.

May I Enroll My Child in a Class for Another Age Group?
With proper justification older students may be allowed to attend class for younger students, but younger students are not allowed to attend classes developed for older students. Our classes involve exciting, hands-on learning that is age appropriate.

What Should My Child Wear?
We do a lot of walking in some of the classes, so comfortable closed-toe shoes are recommended. We suggest students wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing. We take plenty of water and cooling down breaks on hot days.

My Child Needs to Take Medication. How Should I Arrange for This?
The Sedgwick County Zoo is not responsible for administering medication. Please consult a pediatrician so medication can be administered outside of class. It is important that you notify us of any special needs or medical conditions your child might have.

Summer Learning Adventure Scholarship Application download pdf
ZAP FR - SR Information Form 2016 download pdf
ZAP FR - SR Permission Form download pdf
ZAP FR - SR Contract 2016 download pdf
Cargill Learning Center:   Education Specialist
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 9, 2017 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).