at Capron Park Zoo

The Capron Park Zoo Education Department is proud to offer fun, educational, on-site programs for ages 7 to 9, during the 2024 February vacation break.

These programs are designed to inspire a love of nature, respect for animals and a passion for conservation through a fun and exciting combination of age appropriate games, outdoor exploration, and hands-on learning.

Single day or full week classes will be offered

February 20th through the 23rd.

Program times – 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Single day pricing – $80 (Non-member) / $70 (Capron Zoo member)

Four day pricing – $300 (Non-member) / $260 (Capron Zoo member)



February 20th – ANIMALS IN WINTER

Winter can be can be a difficult time of year for animals. It’s cold, the sun is only out for a short time, and the ground may be covered in snow. This program will investigate the many behaviors and adaptations that animals use to deal with winter’s chill. Students will take part in science experiments, outdoor activities, and will create crafts that help them understand animals in winter.  



Whether it’s from tall tales that have been passed down through the generations or from the imagination of modern writers and movie makers looking to create exciting stories, there are a lot of animal myths out there. This program will work to separate animal fact from fiction as students take part in games and activities that help them understand the truth about some of the misunderstood animals at the zoo. 



A visit to the zoo is a great chance to see rare and incredible animals from all over the world. But there are some unbelievable critters that can be found in our own backyards too. Students will explore the park and the zoo looking for animal tracks and signs of native wildlife. This class will also investigate the different kinds of biomes found around the world and where our backyard fits in.


February 23rd – STUFFED ANIMAL DAY

Many animal lovers probably started that journey with a favorite stuffed animal. We are inviting participants to bring a stuffed animal friend with them to this program. Students will explore the similarities and differences between domestic pets and the wild animals living in the zoo. They will also use their stuffed animals in activities that help them learn about the responsibilities and challenges that pet owners and zookeepers face when caring for animals.

Contact Corey, Education Department Curator
for a registration form or register online below.

Spaces are limited – register early!

Contact Corey, Education Department Curator
for a registration form or register online.

Spaces are limited – register early!

Frequently asked Questions?

Will animal encounters be part of the February Vacation programs? 
Yes. We will include a visit by a couple of our Animal Ambassadors to the classroom for each program.

Will the children be going outside for portions of the February Vacation Week programs?
Yes. We will include a balance of indoor and outdoor activities for the students as long as it is safe to do so. In the event there is dangerously low temperatures or severe weather we will provide alternative indoor activities. Otherwise we encourage participants to bring appropriate clothing for going outside. 

Do you include lunch or snack as part of the program?
We are not offering lunch or snacks four our February Vacation programs. Children should bring their own lunches and snacks. Refrigeration will be available if needed. Additionally, water is always available to the children and each child should bring a refillable water bottle.

Do you offer before and/or after care?
No. We do not offer before or after care options for February Vacation Programs.

Session Numbers:

We strive to provide the best possible experience for our participants. To that end each session will be limited to 12 maximum participants.


If your child has a medical special need, we will try to make as many reasonable accommodations as possible to keep your child safe. If your child has an emotional or learning challenge, please contact the Curator of Education at: 774-203-1844 to discuss whether or not this is an appropriate program for your child.


You may cancel your child’s registration and receive a refund minus a $25 processing fee before FEBRUARY 12, 2024. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER FEBRUARY 12TH!

Payment Options:

If you register in person, you are able to pay in two payments. You may pay for your child’s registration by cash or check. We require a 50% deposit at the time of registration. THE FINAL BALANCE PAYMENT IS REQUIRED ON OR BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF YOUR CHILD’S PROGRAM.

If you choose to register online, payment in full is required at the time of registration.

No phone registrations will be accepted.