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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.  

Before registering for a class you must register for our website. It's free and easy. Just use the link below and then you can sign-up for classes once you are logged in.  When you add classes to your cart they are not added to the cart in the main menu My Cart.  They are added to Classes Booking Cart at the very top.  Use that to see your cart.  Additionally, during the booking process, you are presented with buttons to the cart in page.

Fall 2020 Z.E.B.R.A Classes

Strollers on Safari!

Put on your walking shoes and bring your stroller on safari! Each month we will travel with an educator to explore a continent, meet native animal ambassadors, and have an engaging zoo insider lead tour. For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, unregistered children (including siblings) may not attend. We will reschedule due to inclement weather. Where to meet: Join us at the entry of the Gaska Family Education Wing building located a short drive from the front gate. Strollers on Safari takes place outside, so dress for the weather. Come explore with DPZ!

Ages: 0-4, with an adult
Cost: FOZ members $15 for one child with an adult, each add’l child $2.50
Non-FOZ $20 for one child with an adult, each add’l child $5.00

Times and dates: Mornings from 9:30-10:30

***TO REGISTER, PLEASE CALL THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT (417)833-1570 OR CHECK BACK SOON FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION ***

September: Africa
#400 Friday, September 11th
#401 Friday, September 18th
#402 Friday, September 25th

October: Australia
#403 Friday, October 2nd
#404 Friday, October 9th
#405 Friday, October 16th
#406 Friday, October 23rd
#407 Friday, October 30th

November: South America
#408 Friday, November 6th
#409 Friday, November 13th
#410 Friday, November 20th

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

September: Rivers and Streams
#380 Wednesday, September 23
#381 Friday, September 25
#382 Saturday, September 26

October: Going Batty!
#383 Wednesday, October 28
#384 Friday, October 30
#385 Saturday, October 31 FULL

November: Backyard Birds
#386b Tuesday, November 21
#386 Wednesday, November 25
#387 Friday, November 27
#388 Saturday, November 28

December: Eco-Friendly Holiday Party
#389 Wednesday, December 23

A 45-minute program with story time, animal encounter, 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

September: King Vultures
#360 Thursday, September 10
#361 Friday, September 11
#362 Saturday, September 12

October: Tarantulas
#363 Thursday, October 15
#364 Friday, October 16 FULL
#365 Saturday, October 17 FULL
#365b Saturday, October 24

November: Red Kangaroos
#366 Thursday, November 12
#367 Friday, November 13
#368 Saturday, November 14 FULL
#368b Tuesday, November 17

December: Gila Monsters
#369 Thursday, December 10
#370 Friday, December 11
#371 Saturday, December 12 FULL

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

September: Goat Appreciation
#372 Saturday, September 26

October: National Fossil Day
#373 Saturday, October 17

November: All About Venom
#374 Saturday, November 28

Kindergarten and First Grade Winter Break Camp
Give the gift of experience this winter! Kindergartners and 1st graders are sure to love this exciting two day zoo camp. During our two days, we will celebrate our love for animals, all over the world! Everyone will find something new to love during our zoo tours, crafts, animal visits, stories, games and more. Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. Please bring a packed lunch that does not require refrigeration (reusable containers preferred). Zoo tours are weather dependent.

Age: Students enrolled in kindergarten or 1st grade; adults do not stay with child.
Fee per session: $75/FOZ Member $90/Non-member
Time: 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

#375 Monday and Tuesday, December 28 and 29
#376 Wednesday and Thursday, December 30 and 31

Keeper for a Day
New in 2020! A special, limited opportunity to shadow our education animal staff in a personal setting (only two students each day). Participate in the everyday care duties of our education animal ambassadors, including feeding, cleaning, and making and distributing special enrichment items. Roll up those sleeves and prepare to get dirty! Experience includes a zoo lunch of your choice.

Fee per session: $60/FOZ Member $75/Non-Member
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm

#350 Sunday, September 13
#351 Sunday, October 4
#352 Sunday, November 8
#353 Sunday, December 13

Reptile Rendezvous Day Camp

They’re scaly, cold-blooded, and so cool!  Let’s dive into the world of reptiles with zoo tours, hands-on animal encounters, games, crafts, and more.

Age: 2-3 Grade
Fee per session: $60/FOZ Members $75/Non-Member
Time: 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

#359b Friday, October 23

Keeper for a Day
New in 2020! A special, limited opportunity to shadow our education animal staff in a personal setting (only two students each day). Participate in the everyday care duties of our education animal ambassadors, including feeding, cleaning, and making and distributing special enrichment items. Roll up those sleeves and prepare to get dirty! Experience includes a zoo lunch of your choice.

Fee per session: $60/FOZ Member $75/Non-Member
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm

#354 Sunday, September 20
#355 Sunday, October 11 FULL
#356 Sunday, November 15 FULL
#357 Sunday, December 20 FULL

Reptile Rendezvous Day Camp
They’re scaly, cold-blooded, and so cool! Let’s dive into the world of reptiles with zoo tours, hands-on animal encounters, games, crafts, and more.

Age: 4-6 Grade
Fee per session: $60/FOZ Members $75/Non-Member
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

#359 Friday, October 23

Amazing Animal Architects Day Camp
Let's explore and celebrate the designs of some of the most incredible architects in the animal world!  We'll discover the unbelievable techniques that animals use to build structures, while also taking a close look at our own zoo's habitat designs.  Put on your construction hats for this camp!

Age: 4-6 Grade
Fee per session: $60/FOZ Members $75/Non-Member
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

#360b Tuesday, November 3

WHAT Bird Is That???

Birds are amazing creatures! Use your eyes and ears to creatively investigate the world of birds. Our educational team will help campers explore birds in their own backyard, nearby park or nature center. Meet bird enthusiasts, members of Greater Ozarks Audubon Society and hear personal stories that will instill a love of birds. During the week, we will construct a bird house, explore bird behaviors, and become citizen scientists. Each registration will include one birdhouse kit (Additional kits may be purchased for $10/kit. These must be ordered a minimum of three weeks before the camp is scheduled.), Feeding Backyard Birds poster from Missouri Department of Conservation, a complete list of apps and activities for the entire family. After completing the camp you can plan family outings to locate and identify birds. Don’t forget International Migratory Bird Day, Saturday, October 10, 2020.

Camp will run for one week. Campers will attend one hour each day, Monday-Friday, 3:30 –4:30 p.m. Central Time. As budding ornithologists we will include social time, to share observations, and ask questions. We will schedule this for 20 minutes after each one-hour camp session. Most days, campers will be given a “mission,” a fun hands-on project that will apply new learning and explore the fascinating world of ornithology independently or with the entire family.

Fee: $50/FOZ Members $75/Non Members
Ages: Specifically created for Families or Educators with children enrolled in Grades 2 – 5
Time: 3:30-4:30 Monday-Friday

***YOU MAY CALL (417)833-1570 TO REGISTER OR REGISTER ONLINE***

#310 September 21 – 25

 

 

Winter/Spring 2020 Z.E.B.R.A Classes

Strollers on Safari!

Put on your walking shoes and bring your stroller on safari! Each month we will travel with an educator to explore a continent, meet native animal ambassadors, and have an engaging zoo insider lead tour. For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, unregistered children (including siblings) may not attend. We will reschedule due to inclement weather. Where to meet: Join us at the entry of the Gaska Family Education Wing building located a short drive from the front gate. Strollers on Safari takes place outside, so dress for the weather. Come explore with DPZ!

Ages: 0-4, with an adult
Cost: FOZ members $15 for one child with an adult, each add’l child $2.50
Non-FOZ $20 for one child with an adult, each add’l child $5.00

Times and dates: Mornings from 9:30-10:30

***TO REGISTER, PLEASE CALL THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT (417)833-1570 OR CHECK BACK SOON FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION ***

March: South America
Friday, March 19th
Friday, March 26th

April: Africa
Friday, April 2nd
Friday, April 9th
Friday, April 16th
Friday, April 23rd
Friday, April 30th

May: Missouri Habitat
Friday, May 7th
Friday, May 14th
Friday, May 21st
Friday, May 28th

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: Teeth that Chomp
#1000 Wednesday, January 27
#1001 Friday, January 29
#1002 Saturday, January 30

February: Wings that Flap
#1003 Wednesday, February 24
#1004 Friday, February 26
#1005 Saturday, February 27

March: Eyes that Spy
#1006 Wednesday, March 24
#1007 Friday, March 26
#1008 Saturday, March 27

April: Tails that Swish
#1009 Tuesday, April 20
#1010 Friday, April 23
#1011 Saturday, April4

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

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

January: Asian Elephants
#1019 Friday, January 8
#1020 Saturday, January 9
#1021 Thursday, January 14

February: Poison Dart Frogs
#1022 Thursday, February 11
#1023 Friday, February 12
#1024 Saturday, February 13

March: Bearded Dragons
#1025 Friday, March 12
#1026 Saturday, March 13
#1027 Wednesday, March 17

April: Capybaras
#1028 Thursday, April 8
#1029 Friday, April 9
#1030 Saturday, April 10

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

January: Patterns in Nature
#1015 Saturday, January 30

February: Love Your Pet Day
#1016 Saturday, February 20

March: Totally Cute Animal Babies
#1017 Saturday, March 27

April: World Penguin Day Parade
#1018 Saturday, April 24

Keeper for a Day
New in 2020! A special, limited opportunity to shadow our education animal staff in a personal setting (only two students each day). Participate in the everyday care duties of our education animal ambassadors, including feeding, cleaning, and making and distributing special enrichment items. Roll up those sleeves and prepare to get dirty! Experience includes a zoo lunch of your choice.

Fee per session: $60/FOZ Member $75/Non-Member
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm

#1046 Sunday, March 21
#1047 Sunday, April 18
#1048 Sunday, May 16

A Wild Winter Wonderland
Even if the weather outside is frightful, we’ll have a delightful time learning about how animals survive the cold weather! From the polar bears of the Arctic to penguins in Antarctica, we’ll search the globe for the wildest survival strategies of animals who inhabit cold places. Bundle up and get ready for the “coolest” camp around!

Age: 2-3 Grade
Fee per session: $60/FOZ Members $75/Non-Member
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

#1040 Monday, January 18

Backyard Bird Bonanza
Calling all future scientists! Did you know that February is National Bird Feeding Month? While we care for many birds from around the world here at the zoo, there are so many fascinating avian friends all around us, even in our own backyards! At this camp, we’ll explore who’s who among our feathery neighbors, learn how we can create habitats that encourage them to visit, and find out how we can help protect their species from extinction. Best of all, we’ll participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, a Cornell Lab citizen science project that aids scientists in learning more about bird populations across our continent!

Age: 2-3 Grade
Fee per session: $60/FOZ Members $75/Non-Member
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

#1042 Monday, February 15

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t
Whether predator or prey, many animals are masters of disguise. In this one day camp, we’ll learn which animals are experts at playing “hide and seek” using their unique patterns, colors, and behavior. A zoo tour, live animal encounters, games, and a special camouflage art project will make this camp one you won’t want to miss!

Age: 2-3 Grade
Fee per session: $60/FOZ Members $75/Non-Member
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

#1044 Monday, March 15

Keeper for a Day
New! A special, limited opportunity to shadow our education animal staff in a personal setting (only two students each day). Participate in the everyday care duties of our education animal ambassadors, including feeding, cleaning, and making and distributing special enrichment items. Roll up those sleeves and prepare to get dirty! Experience includes a zoo lunch of your choice.

Fee per session: $60/FOZ Member $75/Non-Member
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm

#1049 Sunday, March 28th
#1050 Sunday, April 25th
#1051 Sunday, May 23rd

A Wild Winter Wonderland
Even if the weather outside is frightful, we’ll have a delightful time learning about how animals survive the cold weather! From the polar bears of the Arctic to penguins in Antarctica, we’ll search the globe for the wildest survival strategies of animals who inhabit cold places. Bundle up and get ready for the “coolest” camp around!

Age: 4-6 Grade
Fee per session: $60/FOZ Members $75/Non-Member
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

#1041 Monday, January 18

Backyard Bird Bonanza
Calling all future scientists! Did you know that February is National Bird Feeding Month? While we care for many birds from around the world here at the zoo, there are so many fascinating avian friends all around us, even in our own backyards! At this camp, we’ll explore who’s who among our feathery neighbors, learn how we can create habitats that encourage them to visit, and find out how we can help protect their species from extinction. Best of all, we’ll participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, a Cornell Lab citizen science project that aids scientists in learning more about bird populations across our continent!

Age: 4-6 Grade
Fee per session: $60/FOZ Members $75/Non-Member
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

#1043 Monday, February 15

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t
Whether predator or prey, many animals are masters of disguise. In this one day camp, we’ll learn which animals are experts at playing “hide and seek” using their unique patterns, colors, and behavior. A zoo tour, live animal encounters, games, and a special camouflage art project will make this camp one you won’t want to miss!

Age: 4-6 Grade
Fee per session: $60/FOZ Members $75/Non-Member
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

#1045 Monday, March 15

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