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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.  All education classes take place in the Gaska Family Education Wing building located a short drive from the front gate.  See map for details.  Registration for classes closes at noon one day prior to date of the class to allow teachers time to prepare.  

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Winter/Spring 2019 Z.E.B.R.A Classes

Zoo Tots classes are designed to spark curiosity and encourage discovery in young children. Classes include a craft, meeting animal friends and forming a connection with the natural world.

Age: Children ages 2-5 (students who have not yet started kindergarten) with one adult.

Fee per session: $10/FOZ Member $15/Non-member

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

January: Hibernation Fascination
#100 Thursday, January 24
#101 Friday, January 25
#102 Saturday, January 26

February: Happy Habitats
#103 Friday, February 22
#104 Saturday, February 23
#105 Thursday, February 28

March: Snouts and Sniffers
#106 Friday, March 22
#107 Saturday, March 23
#108 Thursday, March 28

April: Totally Cute Animal Babies
#109 Wednesday, April 24
#110 Friday, April 26
#111 Saturday, April 27

 

A 45-minute program with story time and crafts. Kids learn fun facts about the month’s featured creature.

Age: Children 2 to 6 years of age, with an adult

Fee per session: $10/FOZ Member $15/Non-member

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

January: Black Bears
#130 Wednesday, January 16
#131 Friday, January 18
#132 Saturday, January 19

February: Chilean Flamingos
#133 Friday, February 15
#134 Saturday, February 16
#135 Wednesday, February 20

March: Tigers
#136 Friday, March 15
#137 Saturday, March 16
#138 Wednesday, March 20

April: African Spurred Tortoises
#139 Wednesday, April 17
#140 Friday, April 19
#141 Saturday, April 20

Each three-hour class includes a myriad of activities including: zoo tours, crafts, animal visits, stories, snacks and more. Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. Zoo tours are weather dependent.

Age: Students currently enrolled in kindergarten or 1st grade; adults do not stay with child.

Fee per session: $20/FOZ Member $30/Non-member

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

January: Wild Winter Animal Art
#120 Saturday,  January 19

February: Pleistocene Megafauna
#121 Saturday, February 16

March: Birds of Prey
#122 Saturday, March 16

April: Awesome Amphibians
#123 Saturday, April 20

This season the Zoo Explorers are focusing on amazing predators. From their hunting techniques to their incredible physical adaptations, we’ll learn what it takes to make it to the top of the food chain. Crafts, games, and animal encounters make this class series one you won’t want to miss!

Age: Grades 2 & 3
Fee per session: $20/FOZ Member ; $30/Non-member
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

January: Hooves, Horns and Antlers
#150 Sunday, January 13

February: Marsupial Madness
#151 Sunday, February 10

March: Beaks and Teeth
#152 Sunday, March 10

April: Creatures of the Night
#153 Sunday, April 14

Age: Grades 4 -6
Fee per session: $20/FOZ Member ; $30/Non-member
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

January: Hooves, Horns and Antlers
#154 Sunday, January 27

February: Marsupial Madness
#155 Sunday, February 24

March: Beaks and Teeth
#156 Sunday, March 24

April: Creatures of the Night
#157 Sunday, April 28

Are you interested in veterinary medicine?  What happens at the zoo to ensure our animals are healthy?  What medical emergencies do we encounter and how do we prepare for them at Dickerson Park Zoo?  Zoo vets in training will receive a zoo casebook and assist veterinary staff with physicals, radiographs, blood tests, and other daily duties.  This class is designed for students sincerely interested in pursuing a veterinary medicine career.

Students bring their own lunches, including drinks.  For your child's safety, closed-toe shoes are required.  Please note sandals, flip-flops and Crocs are not allowed.

Age: Grades 5 & 6
Fee per session: $325/FOZ Member ; $400/Non-member
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

#160 Monday-Thursday, March 11-14

 

 

 

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.

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