Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Admission: $12 Adults, $7 Child. The Zoo will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The Zoo will close at 1:30 pm on December 18
Behind the Scenes: Zoodlers!
Zoodlers! just wrapped up its five-week program, and I had the chance to stop in to say hello. I’ve never seen one of our classes before and thought it would be fun to share with you.
Zoodlers! is a special program for 3-5 year-olds, and the children are dropped off for a few hours in the morning. Held in our green room, the class allows the opportunity for the kids to peek into the Discovery Center while they are learning in the classroom.
The morning starts off with educational games before a visit through the Zoo. The children come back to the classroom for special animal visitors, learning about and seeing them up close. Today’s visitors were an owl and a ferret.
Audrey Pohlmann, education specialist, teaches the children about Meg, one of the Zoo’s ferrets.
Then, each child gets a turn to touch Meg.
After animal visitors, it’s time for crafts. This time, the kids learned how to make their own paws, fur and all. Sam Dunn helps one of the children place toes on the paw.
Even though Zoodlers! is over, there are still many opportunities to enjoy the Zoo’s educational programs.
· Summer Safari has camps for children of all ages, 3 through 7th grade. Registration is now open!
· Set up a library visit - the Zoo logs thousands of miles in the summer as Audrey and Sam hit the road to different libraries all across the state with their educational programs. Check your local library to see if we’re planning a trip near you!
· Field trips to the Zoo are a fun way to experience the Zoo with your classroom. May is a popular month to plan your field trip just before school is out!
Check our website for a full list of our educational programs and how you can participate!