Home school groups can participate in any of our school programs EDventures at the Zoo (onsite programs), Zoo to You (offsite programs), Living with Nature (distance learning events), and Zoo Classroom (distance learning). We also have our Zoo Club for larger home school groups looking for year long interaction. To learn more about any of these programs please visit their page or for Zoo Club see below.
EDventures at the Zoo
Groups of 15-30 students can sign up for an EDventures at the Zoo program. These programs are 30 – 45 minutes in length and themed to the specific habitat at which we meet.Up to three programs can be scheduled a day.
Zoo To You
The Zoo can also come to you! If your group of 15 - 30 students meets within 100 miles from the Zoo, a Zoo educator can come present one of our Zoo to You programs. These are about an hour in length.
Living with Nature
Four times a year we bring the Zoo to you virtually in our Living with Nature series. This series is designed specifically for middle school and high school students. We focus on four themes each year - green practices, animal welfare and biology, regional conservation, and international conservation. Each event include pre- and post-activities as well as an activity during the event itself. All events are recorded so you can participate in them live or do them at a later date. Registration is required for the live events.
Step into our virtual classroom. We currently offer two options for Zoo Classroom - public programs which are free and private programs for a fee. The public programs are offered each Thursday at 1:00 pm. Our public programs are educator's choice. They get to choose the topic each week. Registration is required to participate. If you would like to choose a specific topic from our list or participate in a smaller gathering then the private Zoo Classroom would be the option for you.
We are currently assessing what Zoo Club will look like in the future, but if you would like to be on a mailing list please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. See below for what Zoo Club has entailed in the past.
Home School groups may become a part of Zoo Club by registering a group of at least 30 students. Programs are tailored for K-8 grades so Pre-K and 9-12 graders are not able to partake in this opportunity, but can look into EDventures @ the Zoo programming on the School’s webpage.
A coordinator of the group will be responsible for securing an offsite location and getting together all the necessary information for registration.
Each Zoo Club gets four total programs throughout the school year:
• Offsite Location = one in fall and one in spring
• Onsite = one in fall and one in spring
Membership fees for 2019-2020 Zoo Club are $20 per child. These fees will cover the cost of all program components for the current school year (September - May). Individual fees are to be collected by the group coordinator and one check for the whole club sent in no later than August 31st, 2019.
This program can travel to groups located up to 100 miles from the Zoo. For locations outside a 25-mile radius, a one-time additional charge of $.50 per mile, round trip will be added.