COVID-19 Health & Safety

We plan to adhere to the below recommended COVID-19 health and safety policies and best practices. These are informed by scientific research, CDC, Milwaukee County and American Camp Association guidelines. Note that the information on this webpage may be edited as more information becomes available or changes in alignment with local or national safety recommendations.

Program Policies


The Conservation Education Department serves a large number of participants who are not vaccinated, due to eligibility and vaccination rates. Therefore, we are aligning our practices with science understanding and other youth serving organizations. All staff and participants ages 3 and up are required to wear masks in all indoor spaces throughout the Zoo. Masks may be removed in outdoor spaces. Masks will also be removed during snack and lunch.

Physical Distancing

Class sizes have been reduced to allow for appropriate physical distancing. We ask that all participants adhere to physical distancing guidelines throughout the program.

Daily Health Assessments

Zoo Classes

All participants will complete a verbal health questionnaire upon arrival. We ask that you stay home if anyone in your household is feeling unwell with symptoms similar to COVID-19 or has been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 10 days. We will process a credit for classes or camps missed due to these circumstances.

School Programs

Teachers will be sent a health assessment for completion prior to arriving at the Zoo. We ask that you complete the health assessment with your students and chaperones prior to boarding the bus.  Once you arrive at our building, our educators will confirm with you that all students and chaperones are aligned with the given health assessment.

We ask that any student or chaperone stay home if they are feeling unwell with symptoms similar to COVID-19 or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 10 days.

Program Best Practices

Hand Washing & Sanitizing

Hand washing and sanitizing will be available to all participants throughout the program. We encourage you to speak to your child or students about frequent hand washing, sanitizing and other preventive practices.

Cleaning & Disinfecting

High-touch areas indoors will be cleaned and disinfected consistently to mitigate potential surface spread. Classrooms will also be cleaned and disinfected between programs.