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

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Winter/Spring 2020 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
Time:   10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Fee:     $10/FOZ members, $15/Non-members

March: Talkin’ Turtles
#106 Saturday, March 14 CLOSED
#107 Thursday, March 19 CLOSED
#108 Friday, March 20 CLOSED

April: Happy Earth Day!
#109 Saturday, April 11 CLOSED
#110 Thursday, April 16 CLOSED
#111 Friday, April 17 CLOSED

May: The African Savanna
#112 Friday, May 15
#113 Saturday, May 16
#114 Thursday, May 21

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
Time:    10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Fee:     $10/FOZ members, $15/Non-members

March: Elephants
#125 Wednesday, March 25 CLOSED
#126 Friday, March 27 CLOSED
#127 Saturday, March 28 CLOSED

April: Monitor Lizards
#128 Wednesday, April 22 CLOSED
#129 Friday, April 24 CLOSED
#130 Saturday, April 25 

May: Zebras
#131 Friday, May 22
#132 Saturday May 23

 

 

Kindergarten and first grade students are invited to join us for our exciting Spring Conservation Series. 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 enrolled in kindergarten or 1st grade; adults do not stay with child.
Time:   1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fee:     $20/FOZ members, $30/Non-members

March: Air Conservation
#117 Saturday, March 28 CLOSED

April: Soil Conservation
#118 Saturday, April 25

 

Join us each month as we focus on a different topic, from learning about a new animal, to “visiting” a different part of the
world, to even trying out a new art technique.


Age:    Grades 2 & 3
Time:    2-4 p.m.
Fee:     $20/FOZ members, $30/Non-members

#140 Sunday, January 5 : The Arctic

#141 Sunday, February 2 : The Sahara Desert 

#142 Sunday, March 8 : Tropical Asia

#143 Sunday, April 5 : The Everglades

Join us each month as we focus on a different topic, from learning about a new animal, to “visiting” a different part of the
world, to even trying out a new art technique.


Age:    Grades 4-6
Time:    2-4 p.m.
Fee:     $20/FOZ members, $30/Non-members

#144 Sunday, January 12 : The Arctic

#145 Sunday, February 9 : The Sahara Desert

#146 Sunday, March 22 : Tropical Asia

#147 Sunday, April 19 : The Everglades

Our world is chock full of bizarre creatures with strange survival strategies!  Come learn about and meet some of the furriest, slimiest, grossest, and just plain weirdest animals that nature has to offer.

Age:    Grades 2-3
Time:    1-4 p.m.
Fee:     $40/FOZ members, $55/Non-members

#150 Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20

 

Our world is chock full of bizarre creatures with strange survival strategies!  Come learn about and meet some of the furriest, slimiest, grossest, and just plain weirdest animals that nature has to offer.

Age:    Grades 4-6
Time:    1-4 p.m.
Fee:     $40/FOZ members, $55/Non-members

#160 Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17

Age:    Grades 7-9
Time:    1-4 p.m.
Fee:     $40/FOZ members, $55/Non-members

#161 Wednesday and Thursday, March 18 and 19

Summer 2020 Z.E.B.R.A Classes and Camps

Zoo Tots

Children ages 2 to 5, are invited to join Zoo Tots, Dickerson Park Zoo’s premier preschool class. Zoo Tots classes are designed to spark curiosity and encourage discovery in young children. Each month, learn about a different topic with fascinating stories, creative crafts, hands on activities, and an animal friend to meet.

Age: 2-5 yrs. who have not started K, with an adult

Time: 10-11 a.m.

Fee: $10/FOZ Member, $15/Non-member

May: The African Savanna

#112 Friday, May 15

#113 Saturday, May 16

#114 Thursday, May 21

June: ABCs on the Titus Express

#290 Friday, June 19

#291 Saturday, June 20

#292 Tuesday, June 23

July: There are no Zoo Tots Classes scheduled for July. Please check out our Creature Feature classes for availability.

August: Under the Sea

#293 Thursday, August 27

#294 Friday, August 28

#295 Saturday, August 29

 

Creature Feature

Kids learn fun facts about the month’s featured creature through story time and crafts. Animal ambassadors from the education department will be introduced to deepen our understanding and connection with the natural world. This class is perfect for siblings!

Age: 2-6 yrs., with an adult

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

Fee: $10/FOZ Member, $15/Non-member

May: Zebra

#131 Friday, May 22

#132 Saturday May 23

June: Green Anaconda

#280 Thursday, June 25

#281 Friday, June 26

#282 Saturday, June 27

July: Indian Peafowl

#283 Friday, July 17

#284 Saturday, July 18

#285 Wednesday, July 22

August: No Creature Features scheduled for August. Please check out our Zoo Tots classes for availability.

 

Pre K One Day Camps

 Stripes, Spots, Squiggles, and Giggles

Patterns are everywhere! Preschool students will have a wild time spotting patterns as we tour the zoo, experiment with art, and meet animal friends. While on safari, we might get a little bit messy, so students should wear clothes they don’t mind getting wet or dirty.  No open toed shoes please. This is a child-only class.

Age: 4 -5 yrs., who have not yet started Kindergarten

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Fee: $20/FOZ Member, $30/Non-member

Dates:

#271 Friday, June 12

#272 Saturday, June 13

or

#273 Tuesday, June 16

 

I want to be a Zooper Hero!

If you could have one super power, what would it be? Would you soar like an eagle? Would you have a stinger like a bee? Would you have strong claws like a sloth? All animals have their own special adaptations that help them survive. While humans might not be able to spread wings and fly, isn’t it fun to imagine? Our curiosity journey will take us out on zoo grounds to visit some of our own zooper hero animals. Please dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. This is a child-only class.

Age: 4 -5 yrs., who have not yet started Kindergarten

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Fee: $20/FOZ Member, $30/Non-member

Dates:

#274 Thursday, August 20

#275 Friday, August 21

or

#276 Saturday, August 22

 

Pre K Two Day Camp

 Wild Zoolympics

In this exciting two day camp, your preschooler will discover the fastest flying, longest leaping, and swiftest swimmers of the animal kingdom. With stories, songs, crafts, and hands on activities, kiddos will learn amazing facts about these gold medal worthy animals.  This class will also take us outside onto zoo grounds, so dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. This is a child-only class.

Age: 4 -5 yrs., who have not yet started Kindergarten

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. each day

Fee: $40/FOZ Member, $55/Non-member

Dates:

#277 Friday and Saturday, July 24-25

or

#278 Tuesday and Wednesday, July 28-29

 

Kindergarten/1st Grade One Day Camps

Summer Kick Off Camp

The summer is finally here! Dickerson Park Zoo is bustling. In this one day camp, we will learn 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 and wear closed toe shoes. Please bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration (reusable containers are preferred). Kick the summer off right with the Dickerson Park Zoo!

Age: Students who have completed Kindergarten or 1st grade.

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

Fee: $40/FOZ Member, $55/Non-member

Dates:

#260 Wednesday, May 27

#261 Friday, May 29

Or

#262 Saturday, May 30

 

Pets and Vets

Pets are more than just animals, they are true members of our families. They are best friends who will love you unconditionally. So it is our job to make sure our pets are happy and healthy. In this day camp, students will learn what it takes to be a responsible pet owner. We will put our new pet care skills to the test with hands on vet clinic play and visits with live animals. This day camp would be excellent for an aspiring young veterinarian or student yearning for a pet to call their own! We might get messy, so please wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet or dirty and wear closed toe shoes. Please bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration (reusable containers are preferred).

Age: Students who have completed Kindergarten or 1st grade.

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

Fee: $40/FOZ Member, $55/Non-member

Dates:

#263 Thursday, July 9

#264 Friday, July 10

Or

#265 Saturday, July 11

 

Kindergarten/1st Grade Two Day Camps

Think BIG

The world is BIG. How big, you ask… overwhelmingly big! Some birthday cakes are big. Some animals are big. Some swimming pools are big. Some mountains are big! This fascinating two day camp will help bring the world down to size. We’ll compare and contrast large and small. We’ll measure, weigh, and record just like scientist. We’ll even discover some little ways that we can make big changes in our big world! We might get messy, so please wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet or dirty and wear closed toe shoes. Please bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration (reusable containers are preferred).

Age: Students who have completed Kindergarten or 1st grade.

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

Fee: $75/FOZ Member, $90/Non-member

Dates:

#266 Friday and Saturday, June 5-6

Or

#267 Monday and Tuesday, June 8-9

 

Wild Zoolympics

In this exciting two day camp, students will discover the fastest flying, longest leaping, and swiftest swimmers of the animal kingdom. With stories, crafts, games, and hands on activities, kiddos will learn amazing facts about these gold medal worthy animals.  This class will also take us outside onto zoo grounds, so dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. Please bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration (reusable containers are preferred).

Age: Students who have completed Kindergarten or 1st grade.

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

Fee: $75/FOZ Member, $90/Non-member

Dates:

#268 Wednesday and Thursday, August 12-13

#269 Friday and Saturday, August 14-15

Or

#270 Tuesday and Wednesday, August 18-19

 

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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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