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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.

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 17 Mon - Mar 21 Fri: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  - Spring Fling
    Spring break is no time to sit around watching TV! Spring break is for exploring, adventure and maybe even taking a (field) trip! Join us for this week long adventure that will keep you busy learning about animals and nature and lead you on a journey – okay a field trip in Wichita, but it will still be an amazing fun time! Fee: $145.00 for members $160.00 for non-members for the five-day class.
     

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 Feb 18 class; $15 for entire week of Mar 17 - 21. 

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 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Registration is now open for all classes through May.               

  • Mar 8 Sat - Micro Life
  • Apr 12 Sat - The New 3 R's
  • May 10 Sat - Wonders Down Under

ZOOper Stars

Are you a fan of the Sedgwick County Zoo ZOOper Stars? During this fun, fast-paced one hour program, grades 1-5 will learn about a specific Zoo resident, like Cinda the elephant or Shango the gorilla. Learn about the individual animal’s likes and dislikes, quirks and habits, and record that information on a fun fact sheet to show your friends and family. Classes are held from 1:30 – 2:30. Fee: $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Registration is now open for all classes through May. 

  • Mar 30 Sun - Hedgehog
  • Apr 27 Sun - Flamingo
  • May 25 Sun - Zebra
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 6, 2014 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).
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