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Spring 2021 – Virtual

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After thoughtfully assessing community indicators and exploring options for spring 2021, the Zoological Society of Milwaukee's spring classes will remain virtual only. We are actively planning for a reimagined summer that will allow us to safely execute wonderful offerings at the Zoo again. The Conservation Education team cannot wait to welcome everyone back, and until then we hope to see you in our virtual offerings through ZooConnect!

Should you experience difficulty registering for classes, please offer feedback on your experience and/or report the issue here. We monitor these reports very closely and will contact you as soon as possible, and in the order received, to resolve the issue.

Announcing ZooConnect Virtual Classes

Chinchilla Cleo

Chinchilla Cleo joins ZooConnect for the “Food Chains: Link by Link” program.

We are excited to introduce ZooConnect, the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s new virtual programming, striving to support our community while keeping parents, educators and learners connected to the Milwaukee County Zoo!

ZooConnect provides fun, interactive, standards-based programming through a variety of virtual K3-8 learning experiences ranging from single class offerings to live animal encounters. This age-appropriate virtual programming is designed to activate curiosity, expand knowledge and foster empathy for animals and the natural world.

Zoo Class Explore

Want to explore the Milwaukee County Zoo with us? Join one of your favorite Zoo teachers via Zoom for a 30-40 minute, exciting blend of interactive live experiences and high-quality pre-recorded videos about science, biology and conservation. Zoo Class Explore is a fun, standards-based class with a twist of entertainment that allows learners to connect with teachers, scientists, actors and Milwaukee County Zoo staff. Sign up and inspire your learners to have empathy for wildlife and take conservation action.

Zoo Class Live

Do you want real-time answers to your most pressing Zoo questions? Zoo Class Live allows just that – an approximately 25-minute livestream dialogue via Zoom with one of your favorite Zoo teachers and a featured animal ambassador. Your learners will engage in a thought-provoking experience about science, biology and conservation!

ZooConnect Offerings for Individual Households

Class descriptions, dates and times for February and March are below. Classes for April & May will be added soon. Check back here for updates! Note that dates and times listed below are subject to change based on demand. For the most current availability and to register for a class, click on “Book Virtual Classes” above.

Zoo Class Explore Options

Ages 4-8

Backpackin' Around the Zoo

Let's take a hike around the Zoo and use our observation skills as we meet some fascinating Zoo animals and learn their stories. Scientists and naturalists record their thoughts and sightings in notebooks, so don't forget to pack your notebook and pencil as you join us for this journey.

Ages 4-6
1 p.m. | March 11

Ages 6-8
9 a.m. | March 20

By the Light of the Moon

How and why are certain animals active when the sun goes down? Discover the sleep cycles and adaptations of some of the Zoo's nocturnal and crepuscular residents.

Ages 4-6
1 p.m. | April 8

Ages 6-8
1 p.m. | April 10

Buzzin’ Around the Zoo

With "Buzz" the bumblebee by our side, let’s go exploring to learn about some fascinating invertebrates that live at our Zoo. They may not have a backbone, but you won’t BEE-lieve their other unique body parts and how they use them to survive.

Ages 4-6
1 p.m. | May 6

Home Sweet Habitat

There’s no place like home. All animals have a habitat that provides what they need in order to survive. With "Tomas” the toucan by our side, let’s fly around the Zoo to explore some wild and wonderful habitats, and learn how these habitats meet the needs of the animals that live there.

Ages 6-8
9 a.m. | May 8

Ages 8-10

S.O.S. - Save Our Species!

HIPPO is not just an animal! It is also an easy way to remember the five main reasons why animals become endangered and go extinct. Learn what each letter in HIPPO means and discover ways to help protect animals from extinction.

10 a.m. | March 20

Amazing Aquatic Animals

Come visit our Aquatic & Reptile Center to get up close and personal with some of the Zoo's amazing aquatic species. Then, focus in on some of the amazing local waterways that can be found right here in our own backyards. Discover why these waterways are so important to humans and animals alike, and how we can do our part to protect them.

2 p.m. | April 10

Food Chains: Link by Link

Every ecosystem has a chain of events that ensures each living creature has the food it needs to survive. Follow the path that energy takes and find out who's eating whom!

10 a.m. | May 8


Ages 10-14

Decoding Biodiversity: Saving Endangered Species

Learn about biodiversity and endangered species from conservation scientists and zookeepers. Discover how endangered species are classified and how you can help them from the comfort of your own home. Finally, meet an endangered animal from Wisconsin, Sheldon the ornate box turtle!

11 a.m. | March 20, May 8

Ethology 101

Enter the fascinating world of animal behavior to learn the techniques we use to observe our animals and how this process relates to their health and wellbeing. Become a behavioral scientist by studying animals from the Zoo right from where you are at home!

3 p.m. | April 10



Zoo Class Live

Ages 3-9

Mystery Animal Spotlight

Will our mystery animal of the day be scaly, furry or feathered? Join us for this livestream class as we get up close and personal with one of our many animal ambassadors such as a ball python, chinchilla or chicken!

Ages 3-5
10 a.m. | March 3, 24

Ages 6-9
3 p.m. | March 17, May 12

Animal Feature: Rabbit!

Hop hop hop! Want to meet a rabbit? Join us for this livestream class as we get up close and personal with one of our favorite animal ambassadors. Come prepared with all your questions about this fun mammal!

Ages 3-5
10 a.m. | April 7

Animal Feature: Box Turtle!

Do you love turtles as much as we do? Join us for this livestream class as we get up close and personal with one of our favorite animal ambassadors. Come prepared with all your questions about this reptile!

Ages 3-5
10 a.m. | April 28

Animal Feature: Snake!

Do you want to meet a slithering snake? Join us for this livestream class as we get up close and personal with one of our favorite animal ambassadors. Come prepared with all your questions about this cool reptile!

Ages 3-5
10 a.m. | May 5

Animal Feature: Chinchilla!

Have you ever met a chinchilla? Join us for this livestream class as we get up close and personal with one of our favorite animal ambassadors. Come prepared with all your questions about this super soft mammal!

Ages 3-5
10 a.m. | May 12

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