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Experience the animals!: See, hear and feel nature at Zoo School.

Experience the animals!

See, hear and feel nature at Zoo School.

Young Children

Stop! Think! Eco-Check! The Early Education initiative for developing environmental minds.
During all of our young childhood programs, look for key ‘Stop and Think” moments which help children initiate lifelong habits towards a more earth-friendly and conservation minded lifestyle.

Stop - Before you squish that native ant!
Think - Do I need that extra paper plate?
Eco- check - Did I just throw away a plastic bag that could be recycled?

Join us as we explore the natural world around us, and celebrate the Zoo’s 100 years of conservation!

Tiny Tots Summer Camp

Ages 2-5 yrs.
9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. 
Cost per person for 4-day session: $40/member; $50/nonmember

Attention 2-5 year olds! Grab a parent or caregiver and join us for a summer camp designed just for you! Tiny Tot camps are filled with nature exploration opportunities, age-appropriate stories, songs, nature-crafts, games, and of course, animal close-ups. Our 4-day camps help parents and other caregivers rediscover the magic and importance of playing in nature with children.  NEW! Tiny Tots Evening Summer Camps!

Click here for registration information! 

Zoo School


Ages 3-5 yrs.
Spring session- Jan. 7 to May 22, 2014
Fall session- Sept. 9 to Dec. 18, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost per month: $275/members; $300/nonmembers
Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays

Bring your child to the Education Center for a nature experience like no other. The Zoo’s teaching staff will introduce your child to plants and animals with hands-on education and time in nature. Daily activities include circle time, animal presentations, Zoo tours, outside free play, activity centers, fun games, songs and a snack!

A $275 (members) or $300 (nonmembers) non-refundable deposit will secure your spot for the fall! Call 734-7184 ext 1501 for details.


Tiny Tot Family Campouts - Survival Series

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Cost per person: $45/member adult; $22/member child
$55/nonmember adult; $27/nonmember child

Don't hesitate, this popular program fills quickly! Bring the family to a great campout experience inside the Zoo.  Complete with an open fire, sleeping outside in a tent, animal encounters, and an evening Zoo tour. Join us for our NEW campout season as we look at how animals adapt and develop the skills to live comfortably in the great outdoors.  We'll explore how to survive in unpredictable weather, identify animals and plants, and sharpen our powers of observation.

Ages 3-5 years:
Apr. 5   
Apr. 26
May 17
May 24

Ages 6-8 years:
Mar. 29
May 10



Please note: All early childhood programs are developed for the age range stated. Siblings under 12 months in strollers may attend at no charge but should be registered. Siblings over 12 months and extra adults need to be paid participants, as the number of participants in each program is limited. These stipulations assure proper preparation for the programs, safety of the guests and an appropriate group size for the teacher. 

Wild Beginnings and Zoo Explorers - Zootennial Celebration Series

Ages 2-5
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Wild Beginnings (Ages 2-3 years)
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Zoo Explorers (Ages 4-5 years)
Cost per person for four-week session: $30/members; $40/nonmembers

Meeting one hour a week for four weeks, this program encourages child and caregiver interactions
in a fun-filled environment with stories, songs and animal close-ups.

Mar. 3, 17, 24 & 31 (Mondays)              100 Ways To Explore The Outdoors
Apr. 4, 11, 18, & 25 (Fridays)                 100 Animal Hideouts
Apr. 9, 16, 23, & 30 (Wednesdays)       101 Wild Cats
May 2, 9, 16, & 23 (Fridays)                   100 Pieces Of The Nature Puzzle
May 7, 14, 21, & 28 (Wednesdays)        100 Ways To Be A Nature Helper

Wild Beginnings / Zoo Explorers - Evening Series
Ages 2-5 yrs.
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
$50/Member adult or child
$60/Nonmember adult or child

Jun. 4, 11, 18 & 25 - Looking through the Naturescope!
Jul. 9, 16, 23 & 30 - Night, Night Zoo!


To register, click "Tiny Tot classes" in the registration pages.


Little Zootennial Buddies

Ages 6-24 months
10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Cost per person: $7/members; $15/nonmembers
Mar. 7,  Apr. 21,  May 19,  Jun. 23,  Jul. 14,  Aug. 23

Bring your littlest animal lover every month for a Zoo class to meet an animal friend, sing animal songs and read books about animals as they make new friends.  Attending all six classes is strongly recommended.

To register, click "Tiny Tot classes" in the registration pages.


Tiny Tots Classes - Zootennial Celebration Series

Ages 2-5
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Cost per person: $7/members; $17/nonmembers

Special age-appropriate, one-day classes designed for child and caregiver to experience animals at
the Zoo through sensory nature exploration, songs, stories and animal presentations.

Mar. 5    Hooray For 100 Years! Celebrating Tortoises And Others With Shell Homes
Mar. 21  Lion, Lion, How Do you Roar?
Mar. 29  100 Feet Critters And Critter Tracks!

Apr. 2    Elephant, Elephant What Do You Hear?
Apr. 12  The 100 Foot Tape Measure - How Long Is That Snake?
Apr. 28  Click! Click! Click! (A functional, child-friendly camera is required for this class!)

May 12  Counting Birds 1-100
May 27  100 Spots For Critters To Hide Under
May 29   King Vulture, King Vulture, What Do You See?

Jun. 7     Explore The Ocean Blue!
Jun. 16   Insect Detectives
Jun. 28   Duck, Duck, Goose!

Jul. 7      Critter Bellies
Jul. 12    Animal That Thrive in 100 Degrees
Jul. 21    Colors Of The Animal Kingdom

Aug. 18   Whose Tail Is That?
Aug. 21   Whose Nose Is That?
Aug. 26   Nature Nuts!


Introducing the all-NEW customized group Tiny tots classes

Ages 2-5 years
Cost per person: $10/members; $17/nonmembers
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

Bring a group of 10-12 kids for an exciting one-hour tiny tot class at the Zoo for a playdate or to celebrate a birthday or even a daycare group outing.
(At least 3 adults should participate in program)

*Please call 210-724-7184 x. 1513 three weeks prior to requested date to schedule.

Tots Nature Playdate at the Zoo 

Ages 2-3 years
10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Cost per person: $7/members; $15/nonmembers
Mar. 26,  Apr. 7,  May 5,  Jun. 30,  Jul. 19,  Aug. 11

Bring your energetic and inquisitive young explorers to the Zoo for fun nature play-time!
We'll dig, collect, question, climb, squawk, pretend play and look for nature critters. This
session includes a visit from a fun animal ambassador.


Nature Parenting!

Families with children ages 2-5 years
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

$5/Member adult or child; $15/Nonmember adult or child

Classes are designed for parents with children of specific ages below:
Mar. 28 - Ages 1 to 23 months
Apr. 26 - Ages 2 to 3 yrs.
May 30 - Ages 4 to 5 yrs.

Ever wondered how to become a COOL nature parent? Join us, as we explore and develop the skills needed to raise eco-conscious children. Help your children recognize their potential to take leadership, problem solve and find their own solutions and paths through open-ended nature play. Share your outdoor experiences with other like-minded parents in this new journey of discovery!