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Join in the Summer Fun!

Summer of fun for your kids:
♦ 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 Summer School T-shirts will be available for only $10 (plus tax).
♦ You must call 316.266.8213 to preregister before sending in your payment! 

Summer Learning Adventures Schedule>

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 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.

2014 Registration and Fees

Registration Information:

  1. Preregister by calling the education dept. at 266-8213 between 8 a.m. and noon.
  2. Pay over the phone by credit card OR fill out the form and mail with payment to 5555 Zoo Blvd., Wichita, KS 67212-1698. Registration is not complete until payment is received.
  3. Payments must be postmarked no later than seven days after preregistration. We reserve the right to cancel any preregistration or to charge a $2 late fee to individuals whose registration forms are not received on time.

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.

Fees:

  • 1.5 hour classes — $55 for members, $70 for nonmembers
  • 3.5 hour classes — $90 for members, $105 for nonmembers
  • 8.5 hour classes — $155 for members, $170 for nonmembers
  • Zooniversity & Zookeeper Apprentice Program — $165 for members, $180 for nonmembers OR $120 for members, $135 for nonmembers (Saturday Only programs)

* Sign up for three or more classes and receive $5 off your total.

Scholarships:
A limited number of scholarships are available for 1.5 hour classes on a first-come, first-served basis for students who otherwise could not attend. There is a limit of one scholarship per person. You may not preregister for a class until the scholarship application has been completed and returned to the education department.

3 Year Olds

Students must be toilet-trained and ready for preschool.

Shapes Alive
Shapes are everywhere you look. Join us for games, crafts and scavenger hunts to find shapes around the Zoo.
June 9-13: 10:30 a.m. - Noon • July 14-18: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Down on the Zoo Farm
Everyone knows that cows, pigs, and chickens live on farms, but why? Join us to explore our domestic friends.
June 9-13: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.  •  July 14-18: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

4 & 5 Year Olds

Animals A – Z
Take home a craft you make each day, and see lots of animals along the way.
June 16-20: 8:30 -10:00 a.m. • July 21-25: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Three Little Pigs
Folktales come alive during this class where we explore popular animal childhood folktales.
June 16-20: 10:30 a.m. - Noon • July 21-25: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Growing Up
Does a mother frog do the same thing as a mother wallaroo? Find out soon!
June 2-6: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. • July 7-11: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Wild Wardrobes
What they wear does make a difference. Learn about the fur, feather, scales, and skin coats worn by the animals at the Zoo.
June 2-6: 10:30 a.m. - Noon • July 7-11: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Cat Tails
Discover the amazing members of the cat family, including the tigers at the Slawson Family Tiger Trek.
May 26-30: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. • June 23-27, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Creature Count
One nose, two legs, three spots, four hooves … what else can we count?
May 26-30: 10:30 a.m. - Noon • June 23-27: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Kindergarten Critters – Half Day Class
For children entering kindergarten
Your almost kindergartener will have a wonderful time learning about animals and nature as they refresh themselves on classroom etiquette and kindergarten fundamentals.
August 4-8: 8:30 a.m. - Noon

6 & 7 Year Olds

Animal Super Senses
Scan the horizon, sniff the air, put your ear to the ground, and learn about some animal super senses.
May 26-30: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Claws, Paws and Jaws
Why do cats need claws, paws and jaws? What’s the difference between big and small cats?
May 26-30: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Nature Nut
Amazing creatures live right under your nose. Learn more about the animals that call Kansas home and how you can invite them to your backyard.
June 9-13: 10:30 a.m. - Noon • July 7-11: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Dig It
Do you love to play in the dirt? So do many animals! Discover all the crazy things animals do while playing in the dirt.
June 9-13: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. • July 7-11: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Bare Necessities
All Zoo animals need the same things – can you guess what?
July 14-18: 10:30 a.m. - Noon • July 28-August 1: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

The ABC’s of Conservation
There are animals that are becoming endangered or even worse, extinct. Learn about animals facing these dangers with fun hands on activities and lots of time in the Zoo!
July 14-18: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. • July 28-August 1: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

8-10 Year Olds

Asian Odyssey
We will learn about animals in the Slawson Family Tiger Trek as well as the people and other animals that call Asia home.
May 26-30: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. • June 16-20: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Who’s at the Zoo?
Do you know what watusies, mantellas, and screamers are? Come learn about the great animals you may have never known!
May 26-30: 10:30 a.m. - Noon • June 16-20: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Zoo Detectives
Who was that cunning predator that left only feathers and prints behind?
June 2-6: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. •  August 4-8: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Don’t Bring that in the House!
Slugs, bugs, snakes, and lizards – expore all the animals that your parents won’t let you bring home.
June 2-6: 10:30 a.m. - Noon • August 4-8: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Animal Myth Busters – Half Day Class
From slimy snakes to quill-shooting porcupines, investigate animal myths and “bust” a few in the process!
June 23-27: 8:30 a.m. -Noon • July 21-25: 8:30 a.m. - Noon

Winged Wonders
Learn about some of most the most unique and fascinating members of the animal kingdom while helping with hands-on projects.
July 28-August 1: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Art with the Animals
Have fun experimenting with a variety of media and art techniques and learn how they apply to the Zoo and our animals.
July 28-August 1: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

10 Year Olds & Up

Junior Zoo Keepers
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a zookeeper at the Sedgwick County Zoo? Get ready for a brand new adventure focusing on different animal areas. Each day, we will explore the diets, cleaning and enrichment in areas all over the zoo! Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes.

  • Farms: June 9-13: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. • July 28-August 1: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
  • Jungle: June 23-27: 10:30 a.m. - Noon • July 14-18: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
  • North American Prairie: June 9-13: 10:30 a.m. - Noon • July 28-August 1: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
  • Amphibians and Reptiles: July 21-25: 10:30 a.m. - Noon • August 4-8: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
  • Australia/South America Mammals: June 2-6:  10:30 a.m. - Noon • June 16-20: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
  • Veldt: June 16-20:  8:30 - 10:00 a.m. • July 7-11: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
  • The Downing Gorilla Forest: June 23-27: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. • July 14-18: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
  • Australia/South America Birds: July 7-11: 10:30 a.m. - Noon • August 4-8: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
  • Veterinary Care: June 2-6: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. • July 21-25: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.


Zooniversity - For 13 year olds.
Join us for an in-depth look at what keepers do on a daily basis by spending 3 weeks of your summer with us. Students will be working directly with animals in the Farms, develop public speaking skills, and explore all areas of the Zoo.
June 9-27, Mon-Fri: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
June 30- July 18, Mon-Fri: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
July 21-August 8, Mon-Fri: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
June 7-August 9, Sat only: 8:00 a.m. - Noon or 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Fees: Members: $165, nonmembers: $180 weekday OR members $120, nonmembers: $135 Saturdays


Zookeeper Apprentice Program (ZAP) – Freshman Team

For ages 14 and older.
This is the first year of a four year program for teens at Sedgwick County Zoo. All students 14 years and older will start as freshman learning about basic animal husbandry as well as how zoos work. In ZAP freshman year students will learn what it takes to be a zookeeper by working alongside keepers in our Farms as well as assisting with weekly special projects throughout the Zoo.
June 9-27, Mon-Fri: 8:00 a.m. - Noon or 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
June 30-July 18, Mon-Fri: 8:00 a.m. - Noon or 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
July 21- August 8, Mon-Fri: 8:00 a.m. - Noon or 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Fees: Members: $165, nonmembers: $180 weekday OR members $120, nonmembers: $135 Saturdays

Additional Information on Zookeeper Apprentice Program (ZAP) can be found HERE.
 

Program Cancellations
In the event that a class is canceled by the Zoo, you will be notified one week before the class is scheduled to start and will receive a 100% refund. Refund processing takes three to four weeks. A credit can also be issued for another class. Credits are redeemable immediately.

Participation Cancellation
If a refund or a credit is needed, contact the education department no later than seven days before the start of the scheduled class. After contact, we will be more than happy to refund a maximum of 75% of the original program fee. If cancellation is made less than seven days prior to the first day of class, no refund or credit will be issued.

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 ages 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?
Yes, besides calling to register or sending in your registration form, you must also sign a permission form and provide emergency contact information. This form will also be available at the Cargill Learning Center at the Zoo.

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.

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.

Downloads
Summer Learning Adventure Permission Form download pdf
Summer Learning Adventure Scholarship Application download pdf
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
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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