2015_zoo_schoolRegistration for the 2015 Zoo School and Jr. Biologist sessions are now open!  The summer is filled with great opportunities to have fun and learn at the zoo.   Check out our exciting programs that are coming up this season!

To learn more or to register your child for Zoo School or Jr. Biologists, contact our Education Department at 607-724-5461 ext. 235.  You can also contact Melissa Grippin by email at mgrippin@rossparkzoo.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

Zoo School 

Whoever said that learning isn’t fun? Obviously they didn’t come to Zoo School! Through games, crafts and hands on animal encounters, children learn about the natural world and the animals we share it with.

Each Zoo School session lasts for five days and will have its own unique theme, highlighting different animals, their adaptations and roles in the ecosystem. Parents can register their children for the whole day (9am – 4pm), the morning (9am-12pm) or the afternoon (1pm-4pm). Themes will be posted as soon as possible.

Half Day Prices (per week)

  • $75 for Members
  • $85 for Non-Members

 

Full Day Prices (per week)

  • $140 for Members
  • $160 for Non-Members

 

Session 1

  • Jun 29 - Jul 3 (4 & 5 yr olds)
    Change, Change, Change

    How do animals change over time? This week we will explore animal life cycles and how animals grow. We will look at different species and compare and contrast their differences.

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     Jul 6 – 10 (6 & 7 yr olds)

    Why do they live there?

    Why does the river otters' enclosure look different than the Wolves' or the green tree python's? This week we will explore the different habitats that the animals of the zoo call home in the wild and discuss how it is reflected in the animals' zoo home.

  • Jul 13 – 17 (8 – 10 yr olds)

     

    Animal Structures & Survival (8 -10, 11-13)
    How can you tell who gets eaten? Who is the eater? Who is the herbivore or carnivore? Children will explore how different animal structures such as their jaws, skulls, and feet and other adaptations can tell us about an animal’s life, diet, and survival. The process of evolution will also be explored.

  • Jul 20 – 24 (11 – 13 yr olds)
    Who was here?
    Become an animal detective! Spend the week learning how to spot signs of animals in the wild. We will learn how to identify tracks and other ways to detect an animal's presence, such as their sounds and self-made homes.

Session 2

  • Aug 3 – 7 (4 & 5 yr olds)
    Who was here?
    Become an animal detective! Spend the week learning how to spot signs of animals in the wild. We will learn how to identify tracks and other ways to detect an animal's presence.

  • Aug 10 – 14 (6 & 7 yr olds)
    Change, Change, Change
    How do animals change over time? This week we will explore animal life cycles and how animals grow. We will look at different species and compare and contrast their differences.

  • Aug 17 – 21 (8 – 10 yr olds)
    Why do they live there?
    Why does the river otters' enclosure look different than the Wolves' or the green tree python's? This week we will explore the different habitats that the animals of the zoo call home in the wild and discuss how it is reflected in the animals' zoo home.

  • Aug 24 – 28 (11 – 13 yr olds)
    Animal Structures & Survival
    How can you tell who gets eaten? Who is the eater? Who is the herbivore or carnivore? Children will explore how different animal structures such as their jaws, skulls, and feet and other adaptations can tell us about an animal’s life, diet, and survival. The process of evolution will also be explored.

     

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Jr. Biologists

This hands-on program is perfect for young adults interested in animal focused careers. Each morning, students will learn about concepts and skills used by biologists, educators and naturalists in the field. After lunch, students will then get hands dirty by shadowing and assisting the animal keepers throughout the zoo!

It’s a great opportunity for teenagers to get a feel for what goes into working with animals and operating a zoo. All participants must be 14 years or older and be interviewed by zoo staff before taking part in this program.

Prices

  • $150 for Members
  • $175 for Non-Members

 

 Schedule

  • Jul 27 – Jul 31 (14 – 18 yr olds)