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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Spring 2018 Z.E.B.R.A Classes

Zoo Tots classes are designed to spark curiosity and encourage discover in young children.  Classes include a craft, meeting animal friends and finding out fascinating facts.

Age:  Children ages 2-5 (students who have not yet started kindergarten) with an adult
Fee per session:  $10/FOZ Member; $15/Non-member
Time:  10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

January: Fur, Feathers, Scales, and Skin
#100 Wednesday, January 17
#101 Friday, January 19
#102 Tuesday, January 23

February:  Who Has a Heart?
Examining that 'lub-dub' in our chests
#103 Wednesday, February 21
#104 Friday, February 23
#105 Saturday, February 24
#106 Tuesday, February 27

March: Living or Non-Living?
#107 Thursday, March 15
#108 Friday, March 16
#109 Wednesday, March 21
#110 Saturday, March 24

April: Funny Bones
#111 Wednesday, April 18
#112 Friday, April 20
#113 Saturday, April 21
#114 Tuesday, April 24

 

ROAR for Dinosaurs!

Learn more about dinosaurs!  Students ages 4 and 5 will enjoy a longer class time for a zoo tour, crafts, animal visits, stories, snacks, and more.  Zoo tours are weather dependent.

Age: Children ages 4 and 5 (students who are not yet enrolled in kindergarten) Adults do not stay with children.
Fee per session: $20/FOZ Member; $30/Non-member

#120 Saturday, March 10
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

#121 Saturday, March 10
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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

Age: Children ages 2 to 6 with an adult
Fee per session: $10/FOZ Member; $15/Non-member
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

January: Giraffes
#140 Friday, January 26
#141 Saturday, January 27
#142 Tuesday, January 30
#143 Wednesday, January 31

February: Milk Snakes
#144 Thursday, February 15 CLOSED
#145 Friday, February 16
#146 Saturday, February 17

March: Rabbits
#147 Tuesday, March 27
#148 Wednesday, March 28
#149 Friday, March 30
#150 Saturday, March 31

April: Emus
#151 Wednesday, April 25
#152 Thursday, April 26
#153 Friday, April 27
#154 Saturday, April 28

May: Mexican Red Wolves
#155 Friday, May 11
#156 Saturday, May 12
#157 Wednesday, May 16

 

 

 

 

Kindergarten and first graders are invited to join us for our exciting Fall Series lineup. Each three hour class includes a myriad of activities including zoo tours, crafts, animal visits, stories, snack, and more.  Please wear close toed shoes.  Zoo tours are weather dependent.

Age: Students enrolled in kindergarten and 1st grade.  Adults do not stay with children.
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fee per session: $20:00/FOZ Member; $30/Non-Member

January: Animal Tracks
#130 Saturday, January 20

February: Who Has a Heart?
Examining the 'lub-dub' in our chests
#131 Saturday, February 10 - FULL

March: ROAR for Dinosaurs!
#132 Saturday, March 17

April: Funny Bones
#133 Saturday, April 14

Join us at the zoo 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, there's always so much to see and do at Dickerson Park Zoo!

Age:  Children enrolled in second or third grade
Fee per session:  $20/FOZ Members ; $30/Non-member
Time:  2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

January: Peru & the Andes Mountains
#160 Sunday, January 14

February: Australian Outback
#161 Sunday, February 4

March: Alaska
#162 Sunday, March 4

April: Sahara Desert
#163 Sunday, April 8

Join us at the zoo 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, there's always so much to see and do at Dickerson Park Zoo!

Age: Children enrolled in fourth or fifth grade
Session fee: $20/Member ; $30/Non-member
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

January: Peru & the Andes Mountains
#170 Sunday, January 28

February: Australian Outback
#171 Sunday, February 18

March: Alaska
#172 Sunday, March 18

April: Sahara Desert
#173 Sunday, April 22

Claws & Jaws

Spend your Spring Break at the zoo learning about what it takes to be the ultimate predator!  During this two-day camp, we will learn about predator adaptations through biofact exploration and up-close encounters with live animals, as well as through games, crafts, and other fun activities.

Age: Children enrolled in 2nd & 3rd grades
Session fee: $40/FOZ Member ; $55/Non-member
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
SESSION CLOSED

Ice Age Adventure

This prehistoric journey takes you back in time to learn about the real life animals of the Ice Age, while comparing those creatures to the modern animals living here at the zoo.  This two-day camp includes animal encounters, crafts, and various fun activities to help make the Pleistocene Epoch come to life.

Age: Children enrolled in 4th & 5th grades
Session fee: $40/FOZ Member ; $55/Non-member
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
SESSION CLOSED

 

High School students interested in veterinary medicine will work with Dickerson Park Zoo's veterinarian Dr. Rodney Schnellbacher.  Spend a day assisting Dr. Schnellbacher and the veterinary staff and see what it is like to care for exotic animals.

Students are required to wear closed-toe shoes and bring their own lunch.

Session fee: $75/FOZ Member ; $100/Non-member
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

#200 Monday, January 15
#201 Monday, February 19

Summer 2018 Z.E.B.R.A Classes

Zoo Tots Summer Series

Zoo tots classes are designed to excite and inspire a love of learing in your 2 to 5 year olds. These classes include a craft, an animal friend or two to meet, and lots of fun facts to learn!
Age: Children 2 to 5 years of age, 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.

June: Rainforest Rendezvous
#200 Thursday, June 14
#201 Friday, June 15
#202 Saturday, June 16

July: Dig into Deserts
#203 Thursday, July 12
#204 Friday, July 13
#205 Saturday, July 14

August: Forest Fun
#206 Thursday, August 16
#207 Friday, August 17
#208 Saturday, August 18

This 45-minute program is ideal for children ages 2 to 6 with story time and crafts, kids will learn fun facts about the month's featured creature.

Age: Children 2 to 6 years of age, with one adult
Fee per session:
$10/FOZ Member
$15/Non-member
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

June: Bobcats
#210 Tuesday, June 19
#211 Thursday, June 21
#212 Saturday, June 23

July: Blue Tonge Skinks
#213 Friday, July 20
#214 Saturday, July 21

August: Ducks
#215 Wednesday, August 22
#216 Thursday, August 23
#217 Friday, August 24

Pre-K One Day Mini Camp

ROAR for Dinosaurs!

Back by popular demand! Interested in learning more about dinosaurs? Students ages 4 and 5 are welcome to travel back in time to the days of dinowaurs in this half day class. If your child enjoyed the March class, they are welcome back for the summer session. This class will take us outside onto zoo grounds, so dress for the weather, and prepare to get messy. For your child's safety, closed-toe shoes are required. Sandals, flip-flops, and Crocs are not allowed. This is a child-only class.

Ages: Children 4 to 5 years of age, who have not yet started Kindergarten; parents do not stay with child.
Fee per session:
$20/FOZ Member
$30/Non-member
Time: One-day class from 9:00 a.m. to noon

#225 Saturday, June 30
#226 Tuesday, July 17

 

Pre-K Two Day Mini-Camps

Ages: Children 4 to 5 years of age, who have not yet started Kindergarten; parents do not stay with child.
Fee per session:
$40/FOZ Member
$55/Non-member
Time: Two-day camp from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day

Summertime Science

Science is wonder; that feeling of awe! Let your child experience that sense of excitement, intellectual curiosity, and fascination in our Summertime Science Mini-Camp! In this camp, our budding scientists will formulate questions, hypothesize, and experiment. We will explore the zoo each day, perform experiments, collect data, and even meet some animal friends up close to help us learn!

For children ages 4 and 5 (students who are not yet enrolled in kindergarten); adults do not stay with children.  Please dress for the weather and prepare to get messy! For your child’s safety, closed-toe shoes are required. Sandals, flip-flops and Crocs are not allowed.

#220 Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22 and 23
#221 Thursday and Friday, May 24 and 25

African Safari

Lions, zebras, and giraffes are all anxiously awaiting a visit from you! Africa is a wondrous land with fantastic animals to meet. Join us as we go on Safari, make crafts, sample African food and even meet some African animals up close!

For children ages 4 and 5 (students who are not yet enrolled in kindergarten); adults do not stay with children.  Please dress for the weather and prepare to get messy! For your child’s safety, closed-toe shoes are required. Sandals, flip-flops and Crocs are not allowed.

#222 Wednesday and Thursday, June 27 and 28
#223 Thursday and Friday, July 5 and 6
#224 Tuesday and Wednesday, July 10 and 11

Kindergarten/1st Grade Two Day Camps

Ages: Students who have completed kindergarten or first grade during the 2017-18 school year.
Fee per session:
$75/FOZ Member
$90/Non-member
Time: Two day camps from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Herbivores, Omnivores, and Carnivores, oh my!

In this two day camps, students will discover who eats whom! We will learn fascinating facts about animal teeth, digestion, and the sensitive balance of the food web. 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 snack lunch that does not required refrigeration. For your child's safety, closed-toe shoes are required. Sandals, flip-flops, and Crocs are not allowed. Kick the summer off right with Dickerson Park Zoo!

#230 Thursday and Friday, May 31 and June 1
#231 Monday and Tuesday, June 4 and 5
#232 Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9

Animals Science

Science is wonder; that feeling of awe! Let your child experience that sense of excitement, intellectual curiosity, and fascination in our Summertime Animal Science Camp! In this camp, our budding scientists will formulate questions, hypothesize, and experiment. We will explore the zoo each day, explore data collection, and even meet some animals friend up close to help us learn! Please dress for the weather and prepare to get messy! For you child's safety, closed-toe shoes are required. Sandals, flip-flops, and Crocs are not allowed. Please bring a sack lunch that does not require refrigeration.

#233 Tuesday and Wednesday, August 7 and 8
#234 Thursday and Friday, August 9 and 10

Find inspiration in the animal kingdom to create beautiful works of art, using different mediums and styles. We explore the areas of the world where animals live and incorporate the cultures of those places into our art.
Each camper takes home a piece of artwork “painted” by a zoo animal! Art can be messy, so please dress accordingly. Full day camps must bring a sack lunch that does not require refrigeration.

Ages: Students who have completed kindergarten or first grade during the 2017-18 school year.
Fee per session:
$40/FOZ Member
$55/Non-member
Time:
Two-day camp from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day
#240 Saturday and Saturday, July 14 and 21

Ages: Students who have completed 2nd and 3rd grade during the 2017-18 school year.
Fee:
$120/FOZ members
$150/Non-members
Time: Two-day camp from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day
#241 Wednesday and Thursday, May 30 and 31

Age: Students who have completed 4th through 6th grade during the 2017-18 school year.
Fee per session:
$120/FOZ members,
$150/Non-members
Time: Two-day camp from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day
#242 Wednesday and Thursday, July 18 and 19

What's on the Menu?

Feeling hungry? This camp is all about food! Join us as we go behind-the- scenes to discover what it
takes to feed an entire zoo. We will learn where our favorite animals fall on the food chain, pay a visit
to the zoo’s commissary, and help to prepare food for some hungry, hungry critters.

Ages: Students who have completed 2nd or 3rd grade during the 2017-18 school year.
Fee per session:
$120/FOZ members
$150/Non-members
Time: Two day camp from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day
#270 Monday and Tuesday, July 2 and 3

A three- or four-day adventure full of animal fun and hard work! Students shadow zookeepers and
participate in everyday keeper duties, including preparing food for animals, making enrichment items,
and helping clean.

Closed-toe shoes required. Bring a sack lunch. Three and four day camps available.

Ages: Students who have completed 2nd or 3rd grade during the 2017-18 school year.
Fee per session:
Four day camp $250/FOZ members, $300/Non-members
Three day camp: $180/FOZ members, $225/Non-members
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day
#250 Monday-Thursday, June 11-14 (four day camp)
#251 Monday-Wednesday, July 23-25 (three day camp)

Ages: Students who have completed 4th – 6th grade during the 2017-18 school year.
Fee per session:
Four day camp $250/FOZ members, $300/Non-members
Three day camp: $180/FOZ members, $225/Non-members
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day
#252 Monday-Thursday, June 25-28 (four day camp)
#253 Monday-Wednesday, July 30-August 1 (three day camp)

Animals have been the source subject of mythological stories and legends for ages. From unicorns to dragons, Cyclops to Big Foot, let’s get to the bottom of these mythical creatures and meet the real life animals that inspired them.

Bring a sack lunch.

Ages: Students who have completed 4 th or 6 th grade during the 2017-18 school year.
Fee per session:
$120/FOZ members
$150/Non-members
Time: Two day camp from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day
#280 Monday and Tuesday, July 9 and 10

What happens behind-the-scenes to ensure our animals are healthy? How do we prepare for medical
emergencies, and implement scientific knowledge into the everyday care of our animals? If you are
interested in a career in veterinary medicine, wildlife conservation or animal care, this is the camp for
you! Closed-toe shoes required. Bring a sack lunch.

Students are required to wear closed-toe shoes and bring their own lunch.

Session fee: $250/FOZ Member ; $300/Non-member
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

#260 Monday-Thursday, August 6-9

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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