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

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

Learning Adventures for Elementary Kids

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.

Each person that attends class must have a ticket. Space is limited. Tickets will be scanned at the door. All classes take place rain or shine. All reservations are final. No cancellations, refunds, rain checks or exchanges; tickets will not be replaced if lost, stolen or unused.

Zooper Kids

Each 2-hour program for children in first through fifth grades includes interactive learning, a Zoo walk, story time and a craft. All classes begin and conclude in the Cargill Learning Center. Classes take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Elementary school learners experience a 90-minute program focusing on what happens beyond the “employees and animals only” signs. Students will learn more about the area they visit, how it works and why the area is important to Zoo operations. After classroom time, students will go behind the scenes to explore the area and maybe even see an expert in action. Classes take place from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. All classes begin and conclude in the Cargill Learning Center. Please dress for the weather. CLOSED TOE SHOES REQUIRED.

Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) In-Service Discovery Days

Kids in grades 1-5 explore the Zoo when school is out! Wonders of Wildlife In-Service Discovery Days workshops give children the opportunity to learn about the Zoo’s animals in fun and innovative ways. Plan to pack a sack lunch; this learning adventure will make you hungry! Please dress for the weather. All classes begin and conclude in the Cargill Learning Center. Class meets 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Early drop off and late pick up options are available in WOW Before Care and WOW After Care.

Monday through Friday, March 20-24

Kids in grades 1-5 explore the Zoo when school is out! Wonders of Wildlife Spring Fling gives children the opportunity to have a good time, make new friends and keep LEARNING. This all day, all week program engages students with animals in nature with classroom experiments and field lessons as well as having fun with peers! Plan to pack a sack lunch for each day; this learning adventure will make you hungry! Please dress for the weather. All classes begin and conclude in the Cargill Learning Center. Class meets 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Early drop off and late pick up options are available in WOW Before Care and WOW After Care. Each child is required to have a ticket for the five day class. No partial tickets will be sold.

Wednesday, November 22
What would Thanksgiving be without Thanksgiving Safari? Drop the kids off for fun while you make last-minute holiday preparations! For kids in grades 1-5, Wonders of Wildlife workshops give children the opportunity to learn about the Zoo’s animals in fun and innovative ways. Please dress for the weather. Class begins and concludes in the Cargill Learning Center. Class meets from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

This education adventure is the only zoo school of its kind in Kansas with only a handful of zoo-based schools nationwide. The Independent School at the Sedgwick County Zoo is open to incoming 6th graders. Enrollment is limited.

Students will attend class at the Zoo in the mornings and at The Independent School campus located in East Wichita in the afternoons. Transportation is provided.

Independent at the Zoo will take a hands-on approach encouraging students to engage in learning activities throughout the Zoo’s natural environment while meeting all core subject and curriculum areas in math, science, reading, writing, and social studies.

The Independent School at Sedgwick County Zoo is designed to focus on:
• Awareness of the environment
• Creative thinking
• Developing leadership skills
• Creating life-long learners

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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 9, 2017 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).
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