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Homeschool at the Zoo

We know that many homeschooling families embrace the freedom they have to enjoy experiences beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom. Let the Sedgwick County Zoo be your real-life, fresh-air, nearby learning lab. Take advantage of the opportunity to leave the computer and make contact with the exotic without leaving Wichita or breaking the family budget.

Classes meet 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.

Activities

We have resources and activities that will allow you to enhance your homeschool teaching experience. Contact us for Zoo Trunks and other materials and equipment for kids of all ages.

Learning Adventures

Plan an adventure to the Zoo for your students grades 1–5. There are lots of exciting hands-on adventures for your homeschool family. You can choose between formal and informal activities.

Classes meet 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.

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Homeschool Expeditions

This is a good way to supplement your science curriculum. Classes are for grades 1-5 and cover various topics including animal science, life science, and physical science. Homeschool parents are actively involved so they can answer questions at home and further develop subjects that grab their kids. Classes are held rain or shine and some involve time out in the Zoo, so dress for the weather. A fee of $6 for members / $8 for nonmembers includes one child and one adult. The fee for each extra person, child or adult, is $3. Programs take place from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Registration is now open for all classes.               .

  • Aug 24 Wed - Elephant Explorations
    The new Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley has opened, so let’s celebrate! Together we will learn more about the fascinating natural history of elephants and visit the new exhibit together!
  • Sep 7 Wed - Schools of Fun
    In this class we are going to focus on the amazing lives of fish and other aquatic creatures and what makes it possible for them to live in, under or around water.
  • Oct 5 Wed - Unhuggables
    There are some animals out there that just don’t fall into the cute and cuddly category, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve our admiration and respect. Let’s get to know some of these unhuggables and learn what they have to offer besides snuggles!
  • Nov 2 Wed - Zoo Doc
    Keeping all the animals at the Zoo in top physical condition is no easy task. We will explore what it takes to conquer this endeavor and get hands-on with some of the tools of the trade.
  • Dec 7 Wed - The Big Cover Up
    Different animals are covered with different things. No matter what an animal is covered in, it is providing some basic functions, like keeping the outside on the outside and the inside on the inside. Together we will examine different animal coverings and how they help that animal.


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Contacts
Cargill Learning Center:  
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 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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