ON-SITE: Zoo Classes
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.
Pre-K and Kindergarten (These programs are 30 minutes long)
- The Unlovables: some animals are just unloved by people. In this program, children will learn why unlovables are important too!
- Beyond Cute: Some animals are just, well, adorable…but did you know they play important roles in both the wild and in captivity? This program teaches children that there is more to some animals then just being cute.
- Wonderful World of Animals: a basic introduction to different animal groups
FEE: $10/student* – 1 free adult for every 5 children. Up to 20 children per session.
* Includes admission to the zoo. Minimum charge of $160 (16 children)
> Groups can bring an unlimited amount of additional chaperones at a rate of $9 each.
> Only free chaperones may attend the education program in order to maximize space for students
> For the health and safety of the animals, we must limit class size to 20 participants per program.
1st and 2nd Grade (These programs are 45 minutes long)
- 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
- A Tree’s Story: This rainforest program focuses on the amazing interconnectedness and biodiversity of the rainforest by “listening” the story of a single tree
3rd through 5th Grade (These programs are 45 minutes long)
- 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.
- 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(These programs are 45 minutes long)
- Darwins’ Big Idea: Take a look at the man behind the revolutionary theory that set the world on fire!
- 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.
FEE: $10/student – 1 free adults for every 10 children. Up to 30 children per session.
*Includes admission to the zoo. Minimum charge of $200
> Groups can bring an unlimited number of chaperones at a rate of $9 each
> Only free chaperones may attend the education program in order to maximize space for students.
> For the health and safety of our animals, we must limit class size to 30 participants per program.
NEW GUIDED TOUR OPTIONS!
NEW! Animal Adaptations Guided Tour (grades 3-6): This hour long guided tour will take a look at some animals in the zoo’s collection that have amazing and/or unusual adaptations for survival.
NEW! Endangered Species Guided Tour (grades 4-6): this hour long guided tour will focus on Capron Park Zoo’s endangered residents – where they are from, why are they endangered and what we can do about it.
NEW! Ecology Guided Tour (grades 6-8): this hour long guided tour will take a look at some animals and the special biomes/habitats in which they live.
FEE: $175/tour – a tour can accommodate up to 15 students and 2 free adults/tour*
* Schools are welcome to bring extra adults for $9/adult, but only free adults may participate in the tour