Zoo Education

Zoo Education Broadens the Realization of Animals (Z.E.B.R.A.)

Z.E.B.R.A. Classes at Dickerson Park Zoo open the amazing world of animals to children from tots to teens. Encourage curiosity, appreciation and wonder with up-close animal encounters where students learn through hands-on activities and experiences, crafts, stories and games, all designed to instill a lifelong love of learning and animal conservation and care.

For more information about upcoming Z.E.B.R.A. classes, download the Spring & Summer

PDF below. 

Spring/Summer 2017 Z.E.B.R.A Classes

All classes 10:00-11:00 a.m.
$10/FOZ Member; $15/Non-member

April:  Teeny Tiny Tadpoles

#109 Saturday, April 8

#110 Monday, April 10 CLOSED

#111 Tuesday, April 18

May:  No Tots classes scheduled in the month of May

June:  Focus on Feathers

#200 Friday, June 23

#201 Saturday, June 24

#202 Monday, June 26

July:  Who's Awake

#203 Friday, July 21

#204 Saturday, July 22

#205 Monday, July 24

August: Making a Splash with Whales & Dolphins

#206 Friday, August 25

#207 Saturday, August 26

#208 Monday, August 28

Join us for our monthly program Creature Feature! This 45 minute program is suitable for ages 2 to 6.  Students must be accompanied by a trusted adult.  We will hear a story, complete a craft and learn fun facts about the month’s featured creature!

All classes 10:30-11:15 a.m.

$10/FOZ Member; $15/Non-member

April:  Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

#133 Saturday, April 15

#134 Tuesday, April 25

#135 Friday, April 28

May:  Maned Wolf

#210 Friday, May 19

#211 Saturday, May 20

#212 Thursday, May 25

June: Uromastyx (Spiney-tailed Lizard)

#213 Friday, June 16

#214 Saturday, June 17

#215 Tuesday, June 20

July: Bald Eagle

#216 Saturday, July 8

#217 Tuesday, July 11

#218 Thursday, July 13

August:  No Creature Features scheduled for the month of August

Age:  Children 4-6 years of age who have not yet started Kindergarten (Child-only classes; parents do not stay with children)

Teacher: Jamie Williams

Session fee: FOZ Members - $15/Non-members - $20

Time:  10:00-11:30 a.m.


April- Teeny Tiny Tadpoles

#118 Thursday, April 27

#119 Saturday, April 29


May:  No classes scheduled for the month of May.


Pre-K Summer Mini-Camps

Ages:  Children 4 to 6 years of age, who have not yet started Kindergarten; parents do not stay with child.

Fee per session:

$40/FOZ Member


Time:  Two-day camp from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day


Adventure into the Rainforest

Ever wonder what it would be like to wander in a rainforest? Who might we meet in a rainforest? Do you think we might need an umbrella? In this two day camp, we will learn fascinating facts about the animals living in a rainforest.  We will even meet some rainforest inhabitants on our hike through the zoo (weather permitting).  This is a child-only class.

#220 Thursday and Friday, June and 2

#221 Tuesday and Wednesday, June 6 and 7  CLOSED

#222 Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10

Australian Walkabout

Kangaroos, emu, and those kooky kookaburras are all anxiously awaiting a visit from you!  Australia is a wondrous land with fantastic animals to meet.  Join us as we explore the Outback, make crafts, sample Australian food and even hear a didgeridoo! This class will also take us outside onto zoo grounds, so dress for the weather. This is a child-only class.

#223 Tuesday and Wednesday, July 18 and 19

#224 Tuesday and Wednesday, July 25 and 26

#225 Thursday and Friday, July 27 and 28

Pre K Picnic Party

As summer winds down, enjoy a picnic at Dickerson Park Zoo along with games, a story, craft and animal friends. Parents should pack a lunch for themselves and their children.

#230 Saturday, August 19, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

$10/FOZ Member;  $15/Non-member, children 4-6 years of age who have not started kindergarten; parents stay with child.



Age:  Children enrolled in Kindergarten or 1st grade (Child-only classes; parents do not stay with child)

Teacher:  Jamie Williams

Session fee:  FOZ Members - $20/Non-members - $30

Time:  1:00-3:00 p.m.

April-Teeny Tiny Tadpoles

#123 Saturday, April 15


Kindergarten/1st Grade Summer Camps

Ages: Students who have completed kindergarten or first grade during the 2016-2017 school year. 

$75/FOZ member; $90 Non-member: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. each day

Summer Kick-Off 2-Day Camp

The summer is finally here! The Dickerson Park Zoo is bustling. In this two day camp, we will learn something special about how the zoo runs! Students will find out how the exhibits work, how the keepers take care of the animals and enrich the animals’ lives. This is a jam packed camp filled with zoo exploration, animal encounters, crafts, games and memories to last a lifetime! We might get messy, so please wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet or dirty. Please bring a sack lunch that does not require refrigeration. Kick the summer off right with the Dickerson Park Zoo!

#240 Tuesday and Wednesday, May 23 and 24

#241 Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27


Wild about Art 2-Day Camp: perfect for any budding young artist!

This two day camp is perfect for any budding young artist. Art enthusiast will enjoy learning new techniques and experimenting with different media. We will look at art from around the world and even make some of our very own! We’ll even watch some animal artists at work! Art can be messy, please wear clothing you don’t mind getting stained!  This class will also take us outside onto zoo grounds, so dress for the weather.  Please bring a sack lunch that does not require refrigeration.

#242 Thursday and Friday, June 20 and 30

#243 Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2


Kindergarten/1st:   Kids to the Rescue-Elephants in Danger

In this exciting one day camp, we will celebrate the magnificent elephant.  Sadly, these beautiful creatures are facing threats from habitat destruction and the ivory trade.  Heavy topics of discussion, no doubt, but we can help our elephant friends!  Campers will learn everything they could ever want to know about our Asian Elephants, and learn ways that they too can help protect these beautiful creatures from extinction.  This class will take us outside onto zoo grounds, so dress for the weather.  Please bring a sack lunch that does not require refrigeration.

$40/FOZ Member; $55/Non-member: one day camp from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

An exciting one-day camp celebrating the magnificent elephant!

#250 Tuesday, August 8

#251 Friday, August 11

#252 Saturday, August 12



Animal Artistry: 2-day camp to create a beautiful work of art inspired by the animal kingdom.

$120/FOZ member; $150/Non-member: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. each day

Grades 2-3: #290 Wednesday and Thursday, July 5 and 6

Grades 4-6: #291 Wednesday and Thursday, July 12 and 13

Zookeepers in Training: a three to four day adventure where students will shadow zookeepers and participate in everyday keeper duties.

4 day camp: $250/FOZ member; $300/Non-member

3 day camp: $180/FOZ member; $225/Non-member

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Grades 2-3:

#270 Monday-Thursday, June 12-15

#271 Tuesday-Thursday, July 18-20

Grades 4-6:

#272 Tuesday-Thursday, May 30-June 1

#273 Monday-Thursday, June 26-29 CLOSED



Are you interested in the science behind the zoo animals? What happens behind the scenes to ensure the animals are healthy and happy? How do we prepare for medical emergencies? If you are interested in a career in veterinary medicine, wildlife conservation, animal care or just love animals, this is the camp for you.

$250/FOZ member; $300/Non-member

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

#280 Monday-Thursday, July 31-August 3

Teacher & Parent Resources

Education Outreach

Bringing the Zoo to You

Outreach programs for school classrooms, groups and civic organizations “Animal Encounters” for preschools and daycare centers.

Video Conferencing

Dickerson Park Zoo and the Discovery Center are collaborating to offer zoo classes to schools via videoconferencing. Each class is presented by a zoo staff member and will include several live animals.

All About Mammals!

What are mammals? What makes them different? We’ll talk about these things and learn how to classify mammals based on certain characteristics. Fun mammal facts will be presented as we check out some mammals from the zoo! (1-5)

Endangered Animals

Animals play a very important part in this world, but some animals’ existence is threatened. Find out why and what we can do to stop animal extinction. (5-12)

Animal Families

Learn about family groups and structures and how animals raise their young. (PreK-2)

Your Wild Backyard

Our backyards play a very important role in conserving nature. Learn about all the animals found in our backyards, as well as how to attract them and build a healthy backyard habitat. (PreK-5)

All About Birds!

Learn about these feathered animals and their unique features. Birds can be classified by beak size and shape, body size and shape, and even foot size and shape. We’ll learn about these grouping and meet some of the zoo’s birds and use them as live models for learning. (1-5)All About Reptiles!

We’ll learn about these scaled creatures as we use zoo animals to model their amazing features. Learn about the five classes of reptiles and discover the great diversity in reptile morphology. Physical and behavioral adaptations will be discussed. (1-5)

All About Reptiles

We’ll learn about these scaled creatures as we use zoo animals to model their amazing features. Learn about the five classes of reptiles and discover the great diversity in reptile morphology. Physical and behavioral adaptations will be discussed. (1-5)

Animal Awareness

Learn about the characteristics of mammals, birds, and reptiles, as we compare and contrast these animals. We’ll discuss traits as modeled by our live zoo animals. (Pre-K-2)

Cost and Scheduling:

Classes are $150 per video conference. Classes should be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance. To book a video conference or for more information call the Programs Coordinator at:
417-862-9910, ext. 726 or visit the Discovery Center’s Web site.

For more information about education programs at Dickerson Park Zoo and outreach programs for schools and organizations, please contact the Education Department by phone, 417-833-1570, or by email.