K3–1st Grade*

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

Area skill sets are coded at the end of each program description:

  • EE-Environmental Education
  • S-Science
  • E-English Language
  • SS-Social Science
  • M-Math
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 per session


October 1 – 30
Enter our bat-cave classroom to learn about the only flying mammal. Find out what bats eat, and discover why bats in Wisconsin are great. Observe a bat up close and create your own roosting bat. (S, E, M) How to Register


November 4 – 27
Like all birds, turkeys have feathers and lay eggs; but did you know they can fly faster than 50 mph? Play a turkey relay game, dance the “Quirky Turkey” and design your own camouflaged turkey. (S, E, M) How to Register

Animals in Winter

December 5 – 20
Hibernate, migrate, or adapt? Different animals have different ways of surviving the winter. Act out these behaviors at the winter wildlife stations, and make your own “Animals in Winter” book. (EE, S, E, M) How to Register


January 27 – February 26
Waddle, slide, hop and swim as we learn all about penguins. Sing a bilingual penguin anatomy song, learn how penguins hide from predators, and make your own camouflaged penguin. (EE, S, E, SS) How to Register

On the Farm Walking Tour Available

March 3 – 28
Milk and cheese, corn and potatoes; learn about Wisconsin farm products. Visit the Zoo’s working dairy farm and make “The Story of Milk” sequencing cards. (M, E) How to Register

Bears Walking Tour Available

April 2 – 25
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. (EE, S, E, SS) How to Register

African Safari Walking Tour Available

May 1 – 23
From gigantic giraffes to enormous elephants, learn about some of the biggest animals in Africa.  Touch real hides and horns, make a savanna poster, and visit the Zoo’s largest residents. (EE, S, E, SS, M) 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. 23, 2013 - May 23, 2014.

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 per session

Animal Athletes Zoo to You

Run, jump, swing and slither– learn about animal movement as we play an “Animal Locomotion” matching game and practice some unique animal moves. (S, E, M) How to Register

Animal Senses Zoo to You

Polar bears can smell for miles, and owls can see in the dark; learn about animal senses as we practice using our own five senses, and play a “Super Animal Senses” game. (S, E, M) How to Register

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs Zoo to You

Butterflies, spiders, bees, and worms – learn to determine which animals are insects. Observe unique insect characteristics and create your own insect guide. (S, E) 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 making a Critter Covers wheel. (S, E) How to Register
* K4-1st Only

It’s Alive* Zoo to You

Determine what is alive and what is not alive in our world. Learn about two kinds of living things, plants and animals; and make your own “living things” to take home. (EE, S, E) How to Register
* K4-1st Only

Wisconsin Animals* Zoo to You

From skunks and snakes to bees and badgers, learn about animals that live in Wisconsin.    Then show your state pride by turning yourself into Wisconsin’s state animal. (EE, S, E, SS) How to Register
* K4-1st Only

* Outreach programs for K4 and K5 (4-year-old and 5-year-old kindergarten) classes are available only to schools involved in a state-certified education system that offers a high school diploma.

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