Engaging Curriculum for All

We welcome children and adults of all ages to join us as we learn about wildlife, science, and conservation through fun-filled, engaging Zoo Classes and Camps!  Whether touring the Milwaukee County Zoo from a stroller or joining a family class with multiple generations of your family, we’ve got something for everyone, big and small!

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Financial aid is available for our Spring Staycation at the Zoo, a multi-day class for kids ages 6-7 and 8-9.

Zoo Classes

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee offers a number of engaging, age-appropriate classes and camps for wildlife enthusiasts from infancy through adulthood throughout the year. During these experiences, children learn about the natural world through age-appropriate topics and activities, and by meeting Zoo animals.

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Ages 2 and Under

We offer Stroller Safari: Stay and Play for infants through age 2 and their grown-ups. You and your little one will learn about animals in a specific area of the Zoo along with basic concepts such as colors, numbers, or body parts. Puppet play, sign language, and time in the off-exhibit Nature Play Site enhance the fun for everyone!

Ages 3-5
Ages 3–5

For 3-year-olds, our developmentally appropriate classes explore the wonders of the Zoo with an accompanying grown-up. Children ages 4 and 5, come to appreciate wildlife and explore their curiosities about the natural world through classes with a grown-up or solo.

Ages 6-11
Ages 6–11

As students grow in our programs, our classes go deeper into animal behavior, zoo careers, ecosystems and conservation concepts. Activate your child’s learning and give them the opportunity to explore wildlife and the natural world in a Zoo setting.

All Ages
All Ages

Join a family class with multiple generations of your family and friends! Our family classes step into the community’s backyard – the Zoo – and allows participants to explore local and global conservation topics and end class with a project or action that supports conservation efforts.

Member registration for Spring Zoo Classes begins Jan. 19 at 9 a.m.,
and non-member registration begins Jan. 26 at 9 a.m.

View Spring Class Brochure   Book a Class Today!

Update: Due to the current surge in COVID cases, we are delaying the start of our Spring Zoo Classes to Feb. 19. Classes planned Feb. 8-18 are canceled.

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.

See Some Zoo Class Examples Below

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Stroller Safari: Stay and Play
Trunks, Tongues & Toes

(Ages 0-2)

Stroll through the Zoo on a guided tour designed specifically for you and your child to explore the Zoo together! Sing and rhyme as we learn about the long trunk of the elephant, the purple tongue of the giraffe and the huge toes of the hippo.

Hangin' Out With Bats
Hangin’ Out with Bats
(Age 3)

Swoop into our nighttime classroom to learn about bats. Use a flashlight to explore the bat cave, practice sleeping “upside down” and make a bat costume, complete with wings. Then fly to the Small Mammals Building to watch these nocturnal mammals in action.

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Tag, You’re It!
(Ages 6-9)

Why are some animals hunters while others are hunted? Discover how different animals interact with one another and what it means to be predator or prey. Learn more about animal relationships in this class as we tour the Zoo and have a close encounter with an animal ambassador.

Please visit our COVID-19 Health and Safety page to review our policies and best practices!

Summer Zoo Camps

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We don’t think learning should have to stop just because the school year ends!

Our education department offers a variety of engaging camps for ages 4-14, ranging from single-day camps to full weeklong camp experiences.

We also continue to offer Zoo Classes during the summer months for infants, ages 3-5 and adults. Additionally, teens and college students can participate in our high school volunteer and college internship programs.

Whether they want to learn about zoo careers, explore wildlife, or participate in conservation activities, we have a camp or class that will pique their interest.

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Kids At A Summer Zoo Class

Explore Some of Our Exciting Summer Camps

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Young Conservationists: Backyard and Beyond!
(Ages 6-7, weeklong camp)

Ready to go on an expedition and save the planet? Pack your bags: You’re in for a wild ride! In this weeklong camp, we’ll explore habitats that can be found right here in Wisconsin, across the United States and around the globe.

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Falcons, Eagles, Hawks and Owls
(Ages 8-9, one-day camp)

Compare your “wingspan” to that of a bald eagle and get an up-close look at raptors at the Zoo’s Birds of Prey Show. Learn about falconry and experience what it’s like to train a raptor as we play a training game and try on some falconer equipment.

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Careers: Exhibit Design
(Ages 12-14, one-day camp)

Learn how zoo exhibits are designed to meet a variety of animal needs. Get inspired as we tour the Zoo to visit some of our latest and greatest designs, then design your very own miniature exhibit for the animal of your choice!

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“Every class is an adventure that our son loves! I am always impressed that the class holds his attention, and he leaves sharing what he has learned with anyone who will listen.”

– Jessica B., Milwaukee

“We have been going to Zoo Classes for about 10 years now and my kids get so excited every time we register for the next ones!”

– Jennifer R., Oak Creek

“The kids were fully engaged in the activities the entire time because of the great teachers.”

– Kristen O., Muskego

“We absolutely love every single Zoo Class we have attended. My 3-year-old asks every weekend if there is a class we can go to.”

– Spring 2019 survey participant

“My kids love their experiences at Zoo Class. My kids are very different but these classes appeal to them both because they are designed for many different learning styles and personalities.”

– Spring 2019 survey participant

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