K3–1st Grade

The Walking Toursymbol identifies programs that include instruction time in the Zoo.

Next Generation Science Standards are coded at the end of each program description:

  • PS - Physical Science
  • LS - Life Science
  • ES - Earth Science
  • ESS - Earth and Space Science
  • ETS-Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science
At-Zoo cost per program : $45 for 10-20 children; $55 for 21-30
Program times : 9:45 & 11:00 a.m. (Large groups can be accommodated with a third session)
Program length : 45-60 minutes
Maximum students/session : Maximum of 30 students and 8 adults allowed in classroom


October 1 – 30
Come fly into our bat-cave classroom and learn all about the world’s only flying mammal! We’ll find out what bats eat and discover what makes bats in Wisconsin so special. Observe a bat up-close and then create your own roosting bat to take home. (LS) How to Register


November 4 – 25
Did you know that a turkey is capable of flying almost 55 miles per hour but prefers to run from its predators? Learn more amazing facts about our feathered friends as you enter our turkey roost classroom. Play a turkey relay game, dance to the “Quirky Turkey” and design your own camouflaged turkey to take home. (LS) How to Register

Animals in Winter

December 2 –19
Hibernate, migrate, or adapt? Different animals have different ways of surviving the winter. Act out these behaviors at the winter wildlife stations, and design your own “Animals in Winter” book as you explore our “winter wonderland” classroom. (LS, ESS) How to Register


January 26 – February 26
Waddle, slide, hop and swim into our Antarctic classroom as we learn some “cool” penguin facts.  Their black and white feathers not only keep them warm, but help them to camouflage in the water. Sing a Spanish penguin song and make your own feathered penguin. (LS, ESS) How to Register

On the Farm Walking Tour Available

March 3 –30
From milk and cheese to corn and potatoes, Wisconsin is known for farming. Follow the story of milk as we learn how much food and water cows need to make a gallon of milk and what happens to the milk before it gets to the grocery store. Visit the Zoo’s working dairy farm and make “The Story of Milk” sequencing cards. (LS, ESS) How to Register


April 2 – 29
From the tundra to the jungle, different bears survive in a variety of habitats. Discover what makes these animals so amazing and show off your knowledge as you create an “All About Bears” book. (LS, ESS) How to Register

African Safari

May 4 – 22
From gigantic giraffes to enormous elephants, learn about some of the biggest animals in Africa as you stomp into our savanna classroom. Touch real hides and horns and sing a song in Swahili, a native language of coastal Africa. Make a savanna poster and visit the Zoo’s largest residents. (ESS) How to Register

At the Zoo or at Your School

The following programs can be presented at the Zoo or at your school from Sept. 22, 2014 - May 22, 2015.

At Zoo cost per program : $45.00 for 10-20 children; $55 for 21-30
Zoo to You cost : $65 first session, $45 per additional session
Program times : flexible
Program length : 45-60 minutes
Maximum students/session : Maximum of 30 students and 8 adults allowed in classroom

Animal Athletes Zoo to You

Can you run as fast as a cheetah or jump as high as a rabbit? Find out as we hand out awards to the animal kingdom’s top athletes. Play an “Animal Locomotion” matching game and practice some unique animal moves. An open space is preferred for this program. (LS) How to Register

Animal Senses Zoo to You

Polar bears can smell a seal under the ice; an octopus uses its tentacles to taste. Compare your own five senses to some amazing animal sensors with hands-on activities. Sing a fun senses song and make your own animal senses matching board to take home. (LS) How to Register

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs Zoo to You

Butterflies, spiders, bees, and worms-learn to determine which animals are insects and which are not. Discover the tricks of the trade in identifying insects and create your own insect guide. (LS) How to Register

Critter Covers Zoo to You

Is it a mammal, bird, fish, reptile, or amphibian? Learn about animal classification while touching real fur, feathers, and scales, and make a critter covers wheel. Also learn 5 to 10 animal related American Sign Language signs. (LS) How to Register

It’s Alive Zoo to You

Our world is full of living and non-living things. Decide what is alive and what is not as we learn about plants, animals, and everyday objects. Make your own “living things” to take home. (LS) How to Register

Zookeepers Zoo to You

Have you ever wondered what zookeepers do at the zoo? Discover the many jobs of a zookeeper; cleaning stalls, preparing food, and keeping our animals happy and healthy. Put your new, zookeeper knowledge to practice as you observe a live classroom animal to determine if it is healthy. (LS, ESS) How to Register

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