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Everyone is Welcome

The Sedgwick County Zoo is a safe, inclusive learning place. We strive to be accessible to everyone. Take advantage of programming tailored to you and your students. We have activities for families, formal groups, and informal groups.

Activities for Families, Schools and Organizations

Visiting Families
Sensory Bags: Check out a sensory bag to use during your Zoo visit. The bag includes a Zoo social story, head phones, fidget toys, and more. Stop by the Cargill Learning Center to check one out. Bags may be checked out between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm week days and 12:00 pm and 3:30 pm on weekends.

Contact the Special Needs Coordinator, Laura King at 316-266-8215 or Laura.King@scz.org to discuss or schedule any of the programs.

Schools/Organizations
Check Out Boxes: These boxes have animal artifacts and information to setup station/center based learning in your classroom for each topic. Cost: $20 with a $15 refundable deposit when everything is returned on time and in good condition. Boxes may be checked out for one week.

  • Cats
  • Primates
  • Food for Energy
  • Marvelous Mammals
  • Rocking Reptiles

ZooReach Programs: Take the experience up a level and have a Zoo Educator visit your school/organization and bring three live animals to enhance the experience. Cost: $50.00 for a 45 minute program.

  • Cats
  • Primates
  • Food for Energy
  • Marvelous Mammals
  • Rocking Reptiles

ZooReach Unique Programs: Have an Educator visit your school/organization and provide station/center based learning that correlates with the Unique Learning Program. Programs provide enrichment that corresponds to the lessons you are providing in class. Cost: $50.00 for two consecutive, same day 30 minute classroom programs.

Field Trips: We welcome all students to attend our field trip programs, but we can also provide programs designed specifically for your group. Contact us at least two weeks before your visit to discuss the possibilities.

Sensory Bags: Check out a sensory bag to use during your Zoo visit. The bag includes a zoo social story, head phones, fidget toys, and more. Stop by the Cargill Learning Center to check one out for the day. Bags may be checked out between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm weekdays and 12:00 pm and 3:30 pm on weekends.

Contact the Special Needs Coordinator, Laura King at 316-266-8215 or Laura.King@scz.org to discuss or schedule any of the programs.

Click photo above for photos from the Community Based Instruction program.

Community Based Instruction

On-site job skills training for high school students with a para/job coach, with added animal reseach projects to be completed.

With the help of a job coach, all students will be expected to:

  • Follow directions
  • Be mobile (Walkers and wheelchairs are welcome.)
  • Speak appropriately
  • Dress for the weather
  • Have a willingness to complete tasks
  • Exhibit minimal distractive behaviors
  • Have a can-do attitude
  • Commit to work a full school year

Level 1 Community Based Instruction
Possible Tasks:
- ZooKeys: Place a ZooKey in each box around the Zoo and indicate on a chart if the box is working
- Clean sculptures using rags and a spray bottle of water
- Clean graphics using rags and a spray bottle of water
- Knock down cobwebs using a broom
- Pick up trash or recycling. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

Animal Research Project:
Each student will research a Zoo animal and create and present an oral report at the end of the year.

Level 2 Community-Based Instruction
All students must be able to:

  • Complete wagon setup (sponge, squeegee, cleaner, rags) and clean glass doors and windows in the Zoo
  • Interact well with Zoo staff and visitors
  • Work in different weather conditions
  • Work around crowds

Possible Tasks:
- Clean windows
- Sweep floors or vacuum carpets
- Setup, arrange, and take down tables and chairs

Animal Research Project:
Semester One, Animal Report: Each student will research a Zoo animal, complete a paper report, and present an oral report at the end of the semester.

Semester Two, Behavior Report: Each student will complete a behavior report. Each student will ask a “yes-no” question that they can answer by collecting data on a Zoo animal. The student will collect the data and create and present an oral report at the end of the semester.

Level 3 Community-Based Instruction
All students must be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe practices
  • Demonstrate comfort around animals
  • Understand stated rules
  • Interact well with the public
  • Follow instructions with little prompting or redirection
  • Interact appropriately around animals

Possible Tasks:
Level 3 students may work in animal areas, assisting keepers with basic animal care.
- Farms: raking goat and sheep yards and poultry area
- Veldt: hosing stalls and preparing diets
- Prairie: raking bison yard
- Education: washing animal dishes and cleaning animal enclosures

Animal Research Project:
Students in Level 3 will complete the same two reports as students in Level 2.
Semester One, Animal Report
Semester Two, Behavior Report

Contact the Special Needs Coordinator, Laura King at 316-266-8215 or Laura.King@scz.org to discuss or schedule any of the programs.

Contacts
Cargill Learning Center:   Education Specialist
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Blvd
Wichita, KS 67212
t: (316) 266-8215
Downloads
Zoo Social Story download pdf
CBI Zoo Social Story download pdf
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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