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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).

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.

2017 Themes:
We Share the World – Like people, animals are found everywhere. We can help animals by protecting the places where they live.
Give a Helping Hand – Learn how a helping hand can make a big difference to animals and nature.
Animals are Amazing –Kids will be empowered to spread the word about the amazing animals all around us.
Outdoor Adventurers – Amazing animals are all around us. Kids will be encouraged to get out and explore.

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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.

2017 Fees & Registration

Fees:

  • 1.5 hour classes — $55 for members, $75 for nonmembers
  • 3.5 hour classes — $110 for members, $130 for nonmembers
  • Zooniversity & Zookeeper Apprentice Program Freshmen and Sophomores — $120 for members, $140 for nonmembers

Registration Opens March 1.

Scholarships:
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.

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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

June 12 - 16
Down on the Zoo Farm: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Join us as we explore our domestic animal friends down on the Zoo farm.

Shapes Alive: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Shapes are everywhere you look. Join us to find shapes around the Zoo.

July 31 - August 4
Shapes Alive: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Shapes are everywhere you look. Join us to find shapes around the Zoo.

Down on the Zoo Farm: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Join us as we explore our domestic animal friends down on the Zoo farm.

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4-5 Year Olds

May 29 - June 2
Creature Count: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
One nose, two legs, three spots, four hooves … what else can we count?

Cat Tails: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Discover the amazing members of the cat family, large and small.

June 5 -9
Animals A-Z: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Focus on a letter each day and see lots of animals along the way.

Three Little Pigs: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Folktales come alive when we explore popular animal stories from childhood.

July 3 - 7
Growing Up: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Does a mother frog do the same thing as a mother wallaroo? Find out!

Wild Wardrobes: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Learn about the fur, feather, scales, and skins worn by the animals.

July 17 - 21
Cat Tails: 8:30 -10:00 a.m.
Discover the amazing members of the cat family, large and small.

Creature Count: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
One nose, two legs, three spots, four hooves … what else can we count?

July 24 - 28
Three Little Pigs: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Folktales come alive when we explore popular animal stories from childhood.

Animals A-Z: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Focus on a letter each day and see lots of animals along the way.

July 31 - August 4

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 7 - 11
Wild Wardrobes: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Learn about the fur, feather, scales, and skins worn by the animals.

Growing Up: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Does a mother frog do the same thing as a mother wallaroo? Find out!

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.

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6-7 Year Olds

May 29 - June 2
Animal Super Senses: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Scan the horizon, sniff the air, put your ear to the ground, and learn about some animal super senses.

Claws, Paws, and Jaws: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Find out how and why cats of all sizes use their claws, paws, and jaws.

June 5 - 9

ABCs of Conservation: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Always Believe you Can help animals and their homes.

Claws, Paws and Jaws: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Find out how and why cats of all sizes use their claws, paws, and jaws.

June 19 - 23
Dig It: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Do you love to play in the dirt? Discover all the crazy things animals do with dirt.

Nature Nut: 10:30 - Noon
What animals call Kansas home and how do you invite them to yours?

July 3 - 7
Animal Super Senses: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Scan the horizon, sniff the air, put your ear to the ground, and learn about some animal super senses.

Bare Necessities: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
All Zoo animals need the same things. Can you guess what?

July 10 - 14
Nature Nut: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
What animals call Kansas home and how do you invite them to yours?

Dig It: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Do you love to play in the dirt? Discover all the crazy things animals do with dirt.

July 17 - 21

Claws, Paws, and Jaws: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Find out how and why cats of all sizes use their claws, paws, and jaws.

Animal Super Senses: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Scan the horizon, sniff the air, put your ear to the ground, and learn about some animal super senses.

July 24 - 28
Claws, Paws and Jaws: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Find out how and why cats of all sizes use their claws, paws, and jaws.

ABCs of Conservation: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Always Believe you Can help animals and their homes.

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8-10 Year Olds

June 12 - 16
Zoo Detectives: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Who was that cunning predator that left only feathers and prints behind?

Winged Wonders: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Bats, bird, and butterflies! Discover how they all fly.

June 19 - 23
Winged Wonders: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Bats, bird, and butterflies! Discover how they all fly.

Don’t Bring That in the House: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Slugs, bugs, snakes, and lizards: explore animals that you can’t bring home.

July 3 - 7
Animal Myth Busters: 8:30 a.m. - Noon

July 10 - 14
Don’t Bring That in the House: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Slugs, bugs, snakes, and lizards: explore animals that you can’t bring home.

Zoo Detectives: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Who was that cunning predator that left only feathers and prints behind?

August 7 - 11
Animal Myth Busters: 8:30 a.m. - Noon
From slimy snakes to quill-shooting porcupines, investigate animal myths and “bust” a few in the process!

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10-12 Year Olds - Junior Zookeepers

May 29 - June 2
Junior Zookeeper: 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: Veterinary Medicine - 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Learn what it takes to become a zoo veterinarian.

June 5 - 9
Junior Zookeeper: North America/The Downing Gorilla Forest - 10:30 a.m. - Noon
These diverse collections of animals take a creative keeper to care for them.

Junior Zookeeper: Farms and Australia/South America Mammals - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Discover what it takes to care for the amazing animals that live around us.

June 12 - 16
Junior Zookeeper: Farms and Australia/South America Mammals - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Discover what it takes to care for the amazing animals that live around us.

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

June 19 - 23
Junior Zookeeper: 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!

July 10 - 14
Junior Zookeeper: North America/The Downing Gorilla Forest - 10:30 a.m. - Noon
These diverse collections of animals take a creative keeper to care for them.

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

July 17 - 21
Junior Zookeeper: 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: North America/The Downing Gorilla Forest - 10:30 a.m. - Noon
These diverse collections of animals take a creative keeper to care for them.

Junior Zookeeper: Veterinary Medicine - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Learn what it takes to become a zoo veterinarian.

July 24 - 28
Junior Zookeeper: Veldt (giraffe, rhino, and hippo) - 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Learn how to feed a giraffe, brush a hippo’s teeth and much more.

Junior Zookeeper: Farms and Australia/South America Mammals - 2:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Discover what it takes to care for the amazing animals that live around us.

July 31 - August 4
Junior Zookeeper: 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.
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.

August 7 - 11
Junior Zookeeper: Veterinary Medicine -  8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Learn what it takes to become a zoo veterinarian.

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

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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.

  • May 22 – June 2: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • June 5 – June 16: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • June 19 – June 30: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • July 3 – July 14: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • July 17 – July 28: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • July 31 – August 11: 8:00 a.m. - Noon

Fees: Members: $120, nonmembers: $140

Registered student must attend a required orientation with a guardian before their scheduled session on one of the following dates:
Thursday, May 18: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 14: 6:45 - 7:45 p.m.
Monday, July 10: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


Zookeeper Apprentice Program (ZAP) – Level I Team

For ages 14 and older.
This is the first class in a four-part program for teens at Sedgwick County Zoo. All students 14 years and older will start as Level I, learning about basic animal husbandry as well as how zoos work. Level 1 ZAP students will learn what it takes to be a zookeeper by working alongside keepers in our Farms as well as assisting with ZAP special programs each Friday.

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

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

  • June 5 – June 16: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • June 19 – June 30: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • July 3 – July 14: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • July 17 – July 28: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • July 31 – August 11: 8:00 a.m. - Noon

Fees: Members: $120, nonmembers: $140

Registered student must attend a required orientation with a guardian before their scheduled session on one of the following dates:
Thursday, May 18: 6:45 - 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday, June 14: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Monday, July 10: 6:45 - 7:45 p.m.





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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 age 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?
No. All needed information is collected at registration.

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. We reserve the right to relocate students to an age appropriate class if they are enrolled in the wrong age group.

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.

Contacts
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
Summer8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(March – October)
Winter10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(November – February)
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 9, 2017 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee.
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