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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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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.
 

  • Class is FULL - Mar 16 Mon - Mar 20 Fri - Spring Fling: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. each day 
    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!

  • Nov 25 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!

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! $5 for one day class; $15 for entire week. 

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 June.               

  • Mar 7 Sat - Amazing Apes
    Do you know the difference between a monkey and an ape? Can you name the species of great apes? It doesn’t matter if you know the answers to those questions or not, if you are interested in apes this is the class for you! We will talk about ape characteristics and talk about the apes that call Sedgwick County Zoo home.
  • Apr 4 Sat - Welcome Home
    It has been a long cold winter and the animals are anxious to get on with spring. Where have they been whiling away their days, and what have they been doing during the cold months? We will learn more about the return of animals in spring, find out what they have been up to and maybe even discover the some of the cues that tell them spring is pending!
  • May 2 Sat - Mega Mommas
    May is the month we honor mothers, so let’s spend our time learning about and honoring some amazing animal mothers. Some sacrifice nearly everything to keep their babies safe, some do nothing at all and some leave it up to strangers to do the hard work! No matter what everyone has a momma so let’s honor them!
  • Jun 13 Sat - Creature Cribs
    Every wonder what a bear’s den, an prairie dog burrow or an eagles nest look like? Well welcome to the parade of homes of the animal world! We might even create a little something to make your yard a little more wild life friendly!
     

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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 12, 2015 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).
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