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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 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 2016 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 2016 classes. Registration for 2017 classes will begin in December.    

  • Nov 5 Sat - Turkey Talk
    Gobble, gobble, gobble. That’s turkey talk for join us to learn more about turkeys. Besides that, they taste great! Together we will learn about wild and domestic turkeys and the difference between them.
  • Dec 3 Sat - Cat Tails
    As a group, cats are fascinating creatures. From the largest of the cats the Amur tiger to the smallest of the cats the domestic house cat, all cats share some unique characteristics that allow them to be formidable hunters, striking beauties, and, in some cases, great companions!

    2017 - Registration opens in December
  • Jan 7 Sat - Science of Cold
  • Feb 11 Sat - Fur-tastick
  • Mar 4 Sat - Vanishing Domestics
  • Apr 8 Sat - Amazing Apes
  • May 13 Sat - Phases and Stages
  • Jun 10 Sat - It's Not Easy Being Green
  • Jul 8 Sat - Life Around the Watering Hole
  • Aug 12 Sat - Treehouses and Toadstools
  • Sep 16 Sat - Flocks of Fun
  • Oct 14 Sat - The Unhuggables
  • Nov 18 Sat - Turkey Talk
  • Dec 9 Sat - Animal Gift Givers

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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 2016 Fee: $8 members / $10 nonmembers. Registration is now open for all 2016 classes. Registration for 2017 classes will begin in December.

  • Dec 17 Sat - Tropics Basement and More!
    Did you know that the Tropics exhibit has a basement?! The Tropics basement is where the kitchen is housed and diets are prepared. We will take a look around the basement and then head out on the back road to see what can’t be seen from the public side.

    2017 - Registration opens in December
  • Mar 18 Sat - Australia and South America Birds
  • Jun 24 Sat - Amphibian and Reptile Greenhouse
  • Sep 23 Sat - Oliver Zoo Animal Hospital
  • Dec 2 Sat - Education and Farms

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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.

  • 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.


2017 - Registration opens in December

  • Jan 3 Tue - Inservice Discovery Day: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Feb 21 Tue - Inservice Discovery Day: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Mar 20 Mon through Mar 24 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!
  • Apr 17 Mon - Inservice Discovery Day: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Nov 20 Mon - Inservice Discovery Day: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Nov 21 Tue - Inservice Discovery Day: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Nov 22 Wed - IThanksgiving Safari: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
     


 

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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