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Take Learning to a Whole New Level

Get out of the classroom and into the Zoo! Your elementary school age kids can learn more about animals from around the world through Activities and Learning Adventures designed for inquiring minds. If you're looking for activities and learning adventures that your kids grades K–5 will actually enjoy — you've come to the right place!

Guests with special needs are welcome. Please contact the education department for more information.

Classes are held in the Cargill Learning Center unless otherwise noted. Space is limited; therefore pre-registration is required. Please contact Cargill Learning Center to reserve your place. Classes take place rain or shine. Please remember, for everyone's safety and enjoyment all class participants must meet age requirements - no older or younger siblings allowed, including infants.

Activities

We have activities that elementary school age kids will actually enjoy.  From adventure backpacks to creature campouts, the Zoo fits boys and girls, big and small!

Learning Adventures

Plan to meet your friends at the Zoo. Discover what animals are in danger and what you can do to help! What do the animals do to keep cool in the summer or stay warm in the winter? Learn more about the animal care and conservation programs at the Zoo through these learning adventures.

Classes are held in the Cargill Learning Center unless otherwise noted. Space is limited; therefore pre-registration is required. Please contact Cargill Learning Center to reserve your place. Classes take place rain or shine. Please remember, for everyone's safety and enjoyment all class participants must meet age requirements - no older or younger siblings allowed, including infants.

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Zooper Kids

These 2-hour programs for children in grades 1–5 include interactive learning, a Zoo walk, story time and a craft. The fee of $8 for members / $10 for nonmembers covers one child. These programs take place rain or shine. Classes run from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Registration is now open for all classes through March.               

  • Jan 9 Sat - Batten Down the Hatches
    It sure is cold in here, and out here and over there. When we get cold we can put on a sweater, or turn up the heater. But what if you live in a burrow, or a nest or out on the range? Animals have adapted some really amazing strategies for staying warm and we will spend out time learning just how they go about staying warm on cold days as well as how Zookeepers give the animals at Sedgwick County Zoo a little help.
  • Feb 6 Sat - Love is in the Air
    Ahhhhh, February, the month of Valentine’s day for we humans, a time to tell each other just how much we admire the other. Do animals do the same? Well yes, but in a very different way. We will explore different way animals say I love (or maybe like) you without saying anything at all.
  • Mar 5 Sat - Blooms and Buds
    Do you have spring fever? If not you will after this class. Plants and animals are beginning to gear up for the growing (and eating) season and we will discover what happens in early spring to get plants ready to spring to life and animals ready to take advantage of all that new growth.

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These tours are just for kids 1-5 grade and are designed to give your young learner and in-depth behind the scenes look into what really happens beyond the “employees and animals only” signs. Each tour will begin in a classroom in the Cargill Learning Center where students will learn a little more about the area that they will be visiting works and why the area is important to Zoo operations. After the brief classroom time students will head behind the scenes with their educator to explore the area and maybe even see an expert from that department in action!

Programs are 1.5 hours long. CLOSE TOED SHOES REQUIRED, please dress for the weather, tours take place rain or shine. Classes are held from 2:00-3:30 p.m Fee: $8.00 member / $10.00 non-members. Registration is now open for all classes through March.

  • Mar 12 Sat - Horticulture
    Have you ever noticed that different areas of the Zoo have different plants or that the plants that are here are beautiful, colorful exhibits in their own right? Well plants require A LOT of work and knowhow and our Horticulture department is responsible for all that beautiful foliage – as well as keeping things like poison ivy out! We will tour the greenhouses that are in full swing for the spring planting season.

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Wonders of Wildlife (WOW)

Wonders of Wildlife workshops give children in grades 1–5 the opportunity to learn about our animals in fun and innovative ways. This is a program for students only, please. For all-day classes, plan to pack a sack lunch; this learning adventure will make you hungry. Program times vary. See below for fees per child.

  • Mar 14 Mon - Mar 18 Fri - Spring Fling: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    The kids are out of school for a whole week, how can you keep them out of your hair but still ensure they have a good time, make new friends and keep LEARNING, why by bringing them to Sedgwick County Zoo’s annual Spring Fling program. This all day, all week program engages students with animals in nature with classroom experiments, field lessons, working side by side with keepers and other Zoo staff as well as having fun with peers! We will be in every nook and cranny of the Zoo learning about things that only “Spring Flingers” get to see! Fee $145 for members / $160 for nonmembers
  • Nov 23 Wed - Thanksgiving Safari: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
    What would Thanksgiving be without Thanksgiving Safari? Drop the kids off for fun while you make last-minute holiday preparations! Fee: $10 for members / $12 for non-members.
     

Before and After Care
We know parents have to work, so we now offer before and after care for full day WOW classes. Students may be dropped off at 7:30 a.m. and picked up by 5:30 p.m. Students will enjoy additional activities and parents can rest assured knowing their child will be supervised by Zoo staff the entire time! $15 for entire week.

 

Contacts
Cargill Learning Center:   Elementary Education Specialist
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67212
t: (316) 266-8213
f: (316) 712-9867
Hours of Operation
Summer Hours8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning March 1)
Winter Hours10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning November 1)
Open 364 Days a Year!*
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 10, 2016 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).
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