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Ready for Summer Fun?

Summer of fun for your kids:
♦ All classes meet Monday through Friday.
♦ Classes are held at the Cargill Learning Center.
♦ For your child's safety, please enter the building for drop off and pick up.
♦ Sorry, parents are not allowed to join in the fun!
♦ Limited Learning Adventures T-shirts will be available for only $10 (plus tax).

For students age 9 and younger, each week’s classes will focus on an overall conservation theme. Participants will learn about how their class ties into that theme and will participate in a project that supports that theme. Flock A and Flock B or Herd A and Herd B will be different classes and may be taken separately or as consecutive classes with the purchase of Play Care to cover the time between the two classes. We'd love to have you join us at the end of the week! Please look for your invitation to come home with your student early in the week with details on what students will be doing and how parents can participate.

2018 Themes:
Give a Helping Hand – Learn how animals and people work together and how we can help the planet and animals stay healthy.
Home Sweet Home – Explore what it takes to have a healthy home and create a place for native animals to live in our own backyards.
Outdoor Adventurers – Develop a love for nature and some of the Zoo's wild areas in a class that culminates with a family campout.
SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction – Learn what is currently being done to keep kids' favorite species SAFE and meet many of them up close and personal.

Summer Learning Adventures Frequently Asked Questions>

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

Classes meet in the Cargill Learning Center unless otherwise noted. Space is limited, therefore pre-registration is required. Please contact Cargill Learning Center at 266-8213 for more information. 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.

Play Care

Students may stay at the Zoo by registering for care before, between or after summer school classes. Children ages four and older can enjoy activities and Zoo walks during this time. A snack and animal experience will be provided in all care after 8:30 a.m. There is a maximum of 15 children per session.

Early drop-off or late pick up:
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. or 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., or 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
$35.00 each session/week per child for five days

Between classes:
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
$18.00 each session/week per child for five days
 

2018 Fees & Registration

Fees:

  • $55 for members, $75 for non-members
  • Zooniversity & Zookeeper Apprentice Program — $120 for members, $140 for nonmembers

Registration Opens March 1.

NOTE: For the safety and comfort of other participants, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone with a fever or who is noticeably sick.

3-5 years old

June 4 - 8
Give a Helping Hand - Flock A: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Give a Helping Hand - Flock B: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

June 11-15
Home Sweet Home - Flock A: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Home Sweet Home - Flock B: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

June 18-22
Outdoor Adventures - Flock A: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Outdoor Adventures - Flock B: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

June 25-29
SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction - Flock A: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction - Flock B: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

July 9-13
Give a Helping Hand - Flock A: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Give a Helping Hand - Flock B: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

July 16-20
Home Sweet Home - Flock A: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Home Sweet Home - Flock B: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

July 23-27
Outdoor Adventurers - Flock A: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Outdoor Adventurers - Flock B: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
 

July 30 - August 3
SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction - Flock A: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction - Flock B: 10:30 a.m. - Noon




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6-9 years old

June 4 - 8
Give a Helping Hand - Herd A: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Give a Helping Hand - Herd B: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

June 11-15
Home Sweet Home - Herd A: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Home Sweet Home - Herd B: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

June 18-22
Outdoor Adventures - Herd A: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Outdoor Adventures - Herd B: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

June 25-29
SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction - Herd A: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction - Herd B: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

July 9-13
Give a Helping Hand - Herd A: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Give a Helping Hand - Herd B: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

July 16-20
Home Sweet Home - Herd A: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Home Sweet Home - Herd B: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

July 23-27
Outdoor Adventurers - Herd A: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Outdoor Adventurers - Herd B: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

July 30 - August 3
SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction - Herd A: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction - Herd B: 10:30 a.m. - Noon



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10-12 years old - Junior Zookeepers

June 4 - 8
Junior Zookeeper - Art in the Zoo: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Junior Zookeeper - Wild Encounters: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Junior Zookeeper - Farms and Australia/South America Mammals: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

 

June 11-15
Junior Zookeeper - Horticulture and Elephants: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Junior Zookeeper - Veterinary Medicine: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Junior Zookeeper - Farms and Australia/South America Mammals: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

June 18-22
Junior Zookeeper - Birds: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Junior Zookeeper - Amphibians and Reptiles: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Junior Zookeeper - North America and Downing Gorilla Forest: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

June 25-29
Junior Zookeeper - Horticulture and Elephants: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Junior Zookeeper - Art in the Zoo: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

July 9-13
Junior Zookeeper - Birds: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Junior Zookeeper - Career Exploration: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Junior Zookeeper - Veldt: giraffe, hippo, and rhino: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

July 16-20
Junior Zookeeper - The Touchables: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Junior Zookeeper - Career Exploration: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Junior Zookeeper - North America and Downing Gorilla Forest: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

July 23-27
Junior Zookeeper - The Touchables: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Junior Zookeeper - Veterinary Medicine: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Junior Zookeeper - Veldt: giraffe, hippo, and rhino: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

July 30 - August 3
Junior Zookeeper - Birds: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Junior Zookeeper - Amphibians and Reptiles: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
 


 

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13 years and older

Zooniversity - For 13 year olds.
Join us for an in-depth look at what keepers do on a daily basis by spending two weeks of your summer with us. Students will work directly with animals in the Farms, develop public speaking skills, and explore all areas of the Zoo. This program runs Monday-Friday.

  • May 21 – June 1: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • June 4 – June 15: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • June 18 – June 29: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • July 2 – July 13: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • July 30 – August 10: 8:00 a.m. - Noon

Fees: Members: $120, non-members: $140

Registered student must attend a required orientation with a guardian before their scheduled session on one of the following dates:
Tuesday, May 15: 6-6:45 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, 3-3:45 p.m.
Saturday, June 2, 4-4:45 p.m.
Saturday, June 30, 5-5:45 p.m.
Thursday, July 12, 6-6:45 p.m.


Zookeeper Apprentice Program (ZAP) – Level I Team

For ages 14 and older.
This is the first level in an exciting, four-part program for teens at Sedgwick County Zoo. All students 14-17 years old will start in Level 1, learning basic animal husbandry and the inner workings of a modern zoo. ZAP students will learn what it takes to be a zookeeper by working in our Farms area and by spending one day a week in class learning about the science behind zoos. This is a competitive program, where students are evaluated at the end of each session to determine eligibility in ZAP Level 2. If a student is 15 years or older, and has received a satisfactory score on their evaluation, they may enroll in ZAP Level 2 during the same year. If students do not meet the age requirement to enroll in Level 2, they are welcome to enroll in additional Level 1 sessions.

This program runs Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

  • June 4 – June 15: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • June 18 – June 29: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • July 2 – July 13: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • July 16 – July 27: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • July 30 – August 10: 8:00 a.m. - Noon

Fees: Members: $120, nonmembers: $140

Registered student must attend a required orientation with a guardian before their scheduled session on one of the following dates:
Tuesday, May 15: 7-7:45 p.m.
Saturday, May 19, 4-4:45 p.m.
Saturday, June 2, 3-3:45 p.m.
Saturday, June 30, 4-4:45 p.m.
Thursday, July 12, 7-7:45 p.m.





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Program Cancellations
Registrations for classes, events, or programs is not complete until payment is received. All reservations for classes, events, or programs are final. No refunds will be given if participant cancels a reservation for the class, event or program.

If Sedgwick County Zoo cancels a class, event, or program we will notify registrants in advance and offer a transfer to another class, event, or program or refund. For the safety and comfort of other participants, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone with a fever or who is noticeably sick.

Class Sign-in and Sign-out
Sign-in and Sign-out will take place inside the Cargill Learning Center in front of the appropriate classroom. In order to provide a secure environment, you MUST come inside to sign your child in and out and be prepared to show a photo ID.

If you will not be the one picking your child up, we need to know in writing who will be picking your child up. The person picking your child up must be prepared to show a photo ID before you child will be released to them. Children will not be released without these two items. Please let us know if there are people to whom your child CANNOT be released.

If you are going to be late dropping off or picking up your child, please let us know. If you are more than five minutes late, you will be charged for a Play Care Session. If you arrive after 5:35 p.m. to pick up your child in the evening, you will be charged $1.00 per minute you are late.

What is Play Care?
Play Care allows students a chance to extend their experience at the Sedgwick County Zoo and gives working parents some leeway in dropping off and picking up children. Play Care is open to all children age 4 and older. While in Play Care students will enjoy time inside the Zoo, vist Sedgwick County Park, watch age-appropriate movies, play games, feed the ducks or fish and much more. This is not structured education time, but students will have lots of fun and learn more about animals and nature in the process. A snack and animal experience will be provided in all care after 8:30. There is a maximum of 15 children per session.

Do I Need to Fill Out Any Paperwork?
No. All needed information is collected at registration.

May I Stay With My Child?
Sorry, classes are developed for children. Our teachers are very skilled at making your child feel comfortable while at the Zoo. If your child cannot remain in class without you for more than a few minutes, please wait another year before enrolling.

May I Enroll My Child in a Class for Another Age Group?
With proper justification older students may be allowed to attend class for younger students, but younger students are not allowed to attend classes developed for older students. Our classes involve exciting, hands-on learning that is age appropriate. We reserve the right to relocate students to an age appropriate class if they are enrolled in the wrong age group.

What Should My Child Wear?
We do a lot of walking in some of the classes, so comfortable closed-toe shoes are recommended. We suggest students wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing. We take plenty of water and cooling down breaks on hot days.

My Child Needs to Take Medication. How Should I Arrange for This?
The Sedgwick County Zoo is not responsible for administering medication. Please consult a pediatrician so medication can be administered outside of class. It is important that you notify us of any special needs or medical conditions your child might have.

Contacts
Cargill Learning Center:   Education Specialist
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67212
t: (316) 266-8213
f: (316) 712-9867
Hours of Operation
Summer8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(March – October)
Winter10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(November – February)
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 8, 2018 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee.
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