Capron Park Zoo offers a variety of onsite programs for many different ages, Each onsite program includes a self-led tour of the zoo and class session with Zoo staff. Most programs are 45 minutes long and can accomodate up to 30 children unless otherwise noted.
Pre-K and Kindergarten (These programs are 30 minutes long)
Wonderful World of Animals: A basic introduction that looks at the differences between various animal groups.
Tell Me a Story: This program includes an animal story, simple craft or activity and an animal encounter.
The Unlovables: some animals are just unloved by people. In this program, children will learn why unlovables are important too!
FEE: $125/session, up to 20 children per session. This includes admission to the zoo for 20 children and all school personnel. Additional adult chaperones are $9/adult.
1st and 2nd Grade
Desert Dwellers: A study of the desert that looks at how animals deal with environmental extremes.
Radical Reptiles: An up-close look at the world of our scaly friends.
Who Let the Frogs Out?: Hop on down to the zoo and learn about the watery world of frogs
A Tree's Story: This rainforest program focuses on the amazing biodiversity of rainforests by 'listening' to the story of a single tree.
3rd through 5th Grade
NatureTech: So many inventions we use have their roots in the observation of nature. Explore the science of how the world around us has inspired a plethora of inventions we use and see everyday.
Classification Safari: A look at scientific classification that starts with basics and moves into the 'nuts and bolts' of how animals are grouped.
Quick, Frozen Critters:This active and engaging program will show kids how different hunting and hiding adaptations help animals survive.
Destination Conservation: A study of endangered species, threats to their survival and how kids can take steps to help.
Everybody Need A Home: everybody needs a home...even animals! This interactive program will take a look at biomes, habitats and niches (oh my!) and the transfer of energy through them.
6th through 8th Grade
Darwins' Big Idea: Take a look at the man behind the revolutionary theory that set the world on fire!
Biodiversity Rocks: The variety of life on earth is fantastic and important to our survival. This program looks at what threatens biodiversity and what can be done to preserve it.
A Striving Planet: Many factors come into play when scientists talk about extinction. This program looks at how geologic changes impact a species' need to adapt or die.
Dragonfly Pond: How does modern urban planning effect animals and the environment? In this debate focused program students will strive to plan a zero-impact town.
Shark Dissection*: Students will observe a shark dissection and learn a bit about how the anatomy of a fish and human compare.
*this class can only accomodate 15 students at a time.
9th Grade and Up
Contact the Education Department for a list of topics and tours
FEES: $150/session - includes admission to the zoo for up to 30 children per session and all school personnel. Additional adult chaperones are $9/adult.
Want to schedule a program? Call 774-203-1844 or send an EMAIL