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Registration for the 2017 Zoo School presented by Price Chopper and Jr. Biologist sessions are now open! The summer is filled with great opportunities to have fun and learn at the zoo. Check out our exciting programs that are coming up this season!

To learn more about Zoo School or Jr. Biologists, or to sign up, contact our Education Department at (607) 724-5461 ext 235. You can also contact Ian Jensen by email at ijensen@rossparkzoo.com for more information.

Zoo School

Whoever said that learning isn’t fun? Obviously they didn’t come to Zoo School! Through
games, crafts and hands on animal encounters, children learn about the natural world and the
animals we share it with.

2017 Schedule

  • June 26th – June 30th (4-5 year olds)
    Animal Art
    Come to the zoo and make zoo artwork! We’ll be drawing animals that we find, learning how animals can make their own art and more!
  • July 3rd – July 7th (6-7 year olds)
    Scales, Tails & Quills
    Animals come in all shapes and sizes, with different body parts to help them move and survive. Come learn about the menagerie of animal shapes here at the zoo!
  • July 10th – July 14th (8-10 year olds)
    Wildlife Passport
    There’s wildlife all around the globe, and we’re going to explore it all! Come learn about animals from all different parts of the world and why they live where they live.
  • July 17th – July 21st (11-13 year olds)
    Wild Jobs
    Zoos are just one of many places that help wildlife. Children will learn about all different types of jobs where people protect and work with animals.
  • July 31st – August 4th (4-5 year olds)
    What’s for Lunch?
    Just like people, animals need to eat healthy. Children will learn about different animals, what they eat and why. They’ll also learn how what we think is gross is very tasty for some animals!
  • August 7th – 11th (6-7 year olds)
    Danger, Danger
    The world can be a big, scary place but animals have a lot of ways to protect themselves. Children will meet our animals, learn how they protect themselves and even come up with their own ways to escape danger!
  • August 14th – 18th (8-10 year olds)
    Animal Tales
    Stories have always been important to people and many include animals. Children will hear and read stories from around the world, both old and new, and find out how people see animals through these stories.
  • August 21st – 25th (11-13 year olds)
    Animal Detectives
    The animal kingdom is full of mysteries. Some animals are secretive and others make perfect detectives. Children will learn about these animal gumshoes and solve mysteries of their own!

Junior Biologist

  • July 24th – 28th (14-18 year olds)
    Junior Biologist Program
    This hands-on program is a great opportunity for teenagers to get a feel for what goes into
    working with animals and operating a zoo. Participants will learn about zoos, wildlife conservation, and will even shadow and assist zoo keepers each day! All participants must be 14 years or older and be interviewed by zoo staff before taking part in this program. Please call to register for the Junior Biologist program. The deadline to sign up is Sunday, July 9th.

Program Cost

  • Zoo School Full Day (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)
    $150 for members
    $170 for non-members
  • Zoo School Half Day (9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
    $75 for members
    $85 for non-members
  • Junior Biologist Full Day Only (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)
    $150 for members
    $175 for non-members
  • Before and After Care
    $5/30 min (only available a maximum of 30 minutes before the start of the day and/or after the end of day)

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