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K3-1st Grade

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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 Programs

At-Zoo cost per program : $50
Program times : 9:45 & 11 a.m. (Large groups can be accommodated with a third session)
Program length : 60 minutes
Who can attend : Up to 30 children in kindergarten or 1st grade. A minimum of 1 adult per 10 children, maximum of 10 adults, which includes the teacher. Children not in kindergarten or 1st grade will not be allowed in the classroom.
Cancellations : The Zoological Society reserves the right to cancel a program due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions or animal or personnel issues. In the event of a cancellation, we will make every effort to reschedule.

Bats

Oct. 8-31
Fly into our bat cave classroom and learn about the world’s only flying mammal! Students will find out what bats eat and discover what makes bats in Wisconsin so special. We’ll observe a fruit bat up close and then create a roosting bat project. (LS) How to Register

TurkeysTurkeys

Nov. 5-26
Did you know a turkey can fly almost 55 miles per hour but often runs from its predators? Students will learn more amazing facts about our feathered friends as you enter our turkey roost classroom. We’ll play a turkey relay game, dance the “Quirky Turkey” and design a camouflaged turkey to take home. (LS) How to Register

Animals in Winter

Dec. 2-20
Hibernate, migrate or adapt? Animals have different ways of surviving winter. Students will enjoy our “winter wonderland” classroom as they mimic these behaviors at wildlife activity stations and design their own “Animals in Winter” book. (LS, ESS) How to Register

Penguins

Feb. 4-28
Waddle, slide, hop and swim into our Antarctic classroom as we learn some “cool” penguin facts. Penguins’ black and white feathers not only keep them warm, but also provide them with camouflage in the water. We’ll sing a penguin song and make a feathered penguin project. Includes minimal Spanish vocabulary. (LS, ESS) How to Register

Dairy Farm

March 5-24
From milk and cheese to ice cream and butter, Wisconsin is known for its dairy products. Students will 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. (LS, ESS) How to Register

African Safari

May 4-22
Learn about some of the biggest animals in Africa as you stomp into our savanna classroom. Students will touch real hides and horns, sing a song in Swahili and take home a project that showcases some amazing African animals. (ESS) How to Register

At-Zoo and Outreach Programs

The following programs can be presented at the Zoo or at your school from Sept. 16, 2019, to May 22, 2020.

At Zoo cost per program : $50
Zoo to You cost : $65 first session, $55 per additional session
Program times : Flexible
Program length : 45 minutes Zoo to You; 60 minutes At Zoo
Who can attend : Up to 30 children in kindergarten or 1st grade. A minimum of 1 adult per 10 children, maximum of 10 adults, which includes the teacher. Children not in kindergarten or 1st grade will not be allowed in the classroom.
Animals in classroom : Due to the needs of our animals, we cannot guarantee an animal will be available. Presenters have the authority to not show the animal if they feel the animal’s welfare would be jeopardized.
Cancellations : The Zoological Society reserves the right to cancel a program due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions or animal or personnel issues. In the event of a cancellation, we will make every effort to reschedule.

Animal Athletes Zoo to You

Can you run as fast as a cheetah or jump as far as a kangaroo? Students will find out who the animal kingdom’s top athletes are. We’ll 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 through thick ice; an octopus uses its tentacles to taste. Students compare amazing animal senses to their own five senses through hands-on activities. We’ll sing a fun senses song and make an animal senses matching board to take home.(LS) How to Register

Bugs Zoo to You

Butterflies, spiders, bees and worms – which of these animals are insects and which are not? Students will discover the tricks to identify insects and create an insect guide. (LS) How to Register

Critter Covers Zoo to You

Is it a mammal, bird, reptile, fish or amphibian? Students will learn about animal classification and meet a mystery critter. We’ll sing a special Critter Covers song, play a matching game and touch real fur, feathers and scales. (LS) How to Register

Zookeepers Zoo to You

Have you ever wondered what zookeepers do at the Zoo? Students will discover the many jobs of a zookeeper: cleaning stalls, preparing food and keeping our animals happy and healthy. They’ll put their zookeeper knowledge to practice as you observe a live classroom animal to determine if it is healthy. Program can be shortened for High Interest Days. (LS, ESS) How to Register