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)

  • 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 (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.
  • Skin VS. Scales: A head-to-head match of Amphibians VS. Reptiles and what makes each group special. 
  • A Tree’s Story: This rainforest program focuses on the amazing biodiversity of rainforests by ‘listening’ to the story of a single tree.

FEE: $150/session – includes admission to the zoo for up to 30 children per session and all school personnel. Additional adult chaperones are $9/adult.

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.
  • 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.

FEE: $150/session – includes admission to the zoo for up to 30 children per session and all school personnel. Additional adult chaperones are $9/adult.

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!
  • 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.
  • Shark Dissection*: Students will observe a shark dissection and learn a bit about how theanatomy of a fish and human compare. This class can only accommodate 15 students at a time.

FEE: $150/session – includes admission to the zoo for up to 30 children per session and all school personnel. Additional adult chaperones are $9/adult.

9th Grade and Up

  • Contact the Education Department for a list of topics and tours

FEE: $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