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Zoo Tots and Homeschool

No matter the age, we have the class!
From Zoo Tots to Homeschool, check out what the Zoo has to offer.  

Zoo Tots

Join us for a one-hour program for children ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers.  At each Zoo Tots session, we'll make a craft, do fun learning activities, and get up close with an animal.  All programming is geared especially for our youngest zoo guests, and designed to promote a love for the natural world!  This year we're continuing our journey through the alphabet with a new topic each month!

Typically second Thursday or Saturday from 9:30-10:30 (classes are the same on either day)

Prices (per class, per child/adult pair)
September and October (zoo open):
Zoo Members $6
Non-Zoo Members $12 (admission into the Zoo is included)

November-April (zoo closed):  
Zoo Members $6
Non-Zoo Members $8 (the Zoo is closed, no admission after class)

We do require payment in advance, you can pay for programs by credit card over the phone, mailing in a check or stopping by the Zoo to pay.
 

Date

Topic

Thursday, September 8 or Saturday, September 10 The letter I, for INSECTS - we'll find out they aren't so icky!
Thursday, October 6 or Saturday, October 8 The letter J, for JUNGLE - can you swing through the trees like our apes?
Thursday, November 3 or Saturday, November 5 The letter K, for KIDS - how are you like animal babies?
Thursday, December 8 or Saturday, December 10 The letter L, for LIONS - learn more about these amazing hunters.
Thursday, January 12 or Saturday, January 14 The letter M, for MACAW and MOTMOT and all sorts of birds!
Thursday, February 9 or Saturday, February 11 The letter N, for NOISES - can you sound like all our zoo animals?
Thursday, March 9 or Saturday, March 11 The letter O, for OPOSSUM and other backyard critters!
Thursday, April 6 or Saturday, April 8 The letter P, for PIGS and other PETTING ZOO animals!

Please call 309-799-3482 ext 222 or email lsnyder@niabizoo.com for any questions or to register.

Register for class now!

 

Monthly Home School Programs 

This 2 hour class will help bring science to life for your homeschool children! From meeting animals up-close to science experiments to tours of the Zoo, we'll do it all!

Each month is a different topic and is designed for ages 5-12 (children must be at least 5 years old to attend the class).

Parents may attend but will be charged.
Classes run from 9:30-11:30.

Registration is required and class size is limited to 25 participants.

Prices (per class, per person)
September and October (zoo open):
Zoo Members $7
Non-Zoo Members $14 (includes zoo admission)

November-April (zoo closed):
Zoo Members $7
Non-Zoo Members $10 (zoo is closed, no admission after class)

We do require payment in advance, you can pay for programs by credit card over the phone, mailing in a check or stopping by the Zoo to pay.

Date

Topic

September 7 Student Choice - Homeschool families attending the Homeschool Day on Tuesday August 23rd will get to vote on the topic for September's Homeschool Class at Niabi Zoo!
October 12 Owls - Discover the science behind this amazing bird's silent flight, digestion and more.
November 9 Yours, Mine, Ours - What is symbiosis and how does it help (or hurt) plants and animals - including us!
December 14 Biomechanics - Look at animals as a "machine" and use their features to inform the development of your own engineering products.
January 11 Exhibit Design - What goes into making a exhibit for an animal - a lot more than you think!!  Learn design concepts and create your own state-of-the-art animal enclosure.
February 8 Animal Senses - Learn about the different ways animals use their senses to explore the natural world.
March 8 We Love Local - What animals do you have in your own backyard?  Learn about your local ecosystem.
April 5 Heritage Breeds - What is a heritage breed?  Learn about early domestication and the ways animals and humans have been working together for thousands of years.

Please feel free to call 309-799-3482 ext 222 or email lsnyder@niabizoo.com with any questions or to register.

Register for class now

 

Zoo Snooze


Don't miss a chance to experience the Zoo in a whole new way by spending the night here!
This amazing program gives you and your group a once in a lifetime experience to discover the Zoo at night, meet animals up close and so much more.
Your adventure begins at 7:00 pm and finishes at 9:00 am the following morning and a snack and light breakfast are included.

Minimum of 20 people required to book a zoo snooze

Must be age 5 and up to participate, at least 1 adult chaperone for every 5 children required

$40/person ($35 for Zoo members)

If you have any questions, please call 309-799-3482 ext 222. You can register over the phone or by clicking on the link below.
 

Register for class now!

 

Can't come to the Zoo? Let the Zoo come to you!


Through our Outreach Education Program, zookeepers will bring a variety of Zoo animals to your group's meeting or facility and deliver a program about the animals. Niabi Zoo's role in animal conservation is also presented. 

Please fill out the form below with your request. A fee is charged in order to support our education programming.

Once we receive the registration form, a confirmation will be emailed to you. Your event is not considered scheduled until you have received confirmation.

Outreach Education Request PDF Form

Please call 309-799-3482 ext 222 if you have any questions!

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