Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Home School


Join us for Home School Safari, Blank Park Zoo’s drop-off home school classes. 

Explore the world of science through animals and nature. Join us for monthly hands-on, minds-on science including fun activities, demos and more. Monthly sessions frequently include touring the zoo, visiting with animal ambassadors, interacting with zookeepers, and experiencing other unique resources while building science knowledge. 

Home School Safari classes are held from 1:30 pm - 3:45 pm on the second Friday of every month starting in September 2017 and going through April 2018. Classes are organized in developmental age groups and are taught concurrently: 5-6 year olds, 7-9 year olds, and 10 - 12 year olds. 
Please ensure your child is signed-up for the proper developmental age group.

Cost per class: $12.80 for members / $16 for non-members

For more information contact Angela Tague at 515-974-2546 or email

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Dates for the 2017-2018 Home School Safari season:

September 8, 2017, October 13, 2017, November 10, 2017, December 8, 2017, January 12, 1018, February 9, 2018, March 9, 2018, and April 13, 2018

Spring 2018 planned topics** for 5-6 year olds:

January 12, 2018 - Backbone Bonanza 
Some animals have backbones and some animals don’t. Come join us to learn about vertebrates and what makes them different from animals without backbones.

February 9, 2018 - Polar Plunge 
Brrr…..Polar animals have very useful ways to survive in their not-so-warm habitats. What would you bring along if you were going to visit the Arctic? Let's learn from the animals!

March 9, 2018 - Wildlife is Everywhere!
In a tree, under a rock, on a flower, there are so very many places to find wildlife. In this session we'll explore and discover that wildlife is ALL AROUND US!

April 13, 2018 - Nature Play 
Being out in nature is not only fun, but it is good for your eyes, your brain and your heart!  We will be heading outside to CONNECT with NATURE and to discover ways to bring nature indoors to enjoy!

** topics may vary based on weather or other circumstances

Spring 2018 planned topics** for 7-9 year olds:

January 12, 2018 - Bird Beaks and Feathered Flyers
Not all beaks are created equal. Spend time exploring the differences among birds' beaks and how each is suited for different food types. In this session we will also explore why water rolls off a duck's back and other fascinating facts about our feathered friends.

February 9, 2018 - Misunderstood Animals
Why some animals are considered gross or scary while others are not?  In this session, we will investigate some of these misunderstood animals and learn that they really have a lot to offer nature and us!

March 9, 2018 - Hooray for Herps!
Why do frogs croak?  How can a snake eat something bigger than its head?  Do alligators really carry their babies in their mouths? In this month’s session, we will take a closer look at the fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians.

April 13, 2018 - Artsy Animals
Animals have been used as art subjects since prehistoric times. Some animals have even been known to be artists themselves! We will get a little messy while tapping into our creativity. 

** topics may vary based on weather or other circumstances

Spring 2018 planned topics** for 10-12 year olds:

January 12, 2018 - Biomimicry    Basics
Did you know that Velcro was inspired by those annoying burrs that get stuck on your dog’s fur and on your clothing? In this session, we will be discovering the science of biomimicry and how nature inspires products, technologies, and designs. 

February 9, 2018 - Zoo Mystery Pt 1    
Animals often leave evidence of themselves behind letting us know where they have been. Participants will put their investigative expertise to work during this month’s Home School Safari session
March 9, 2018 - Zoo Mystery Pt 2    
Join us and use your Super Sleuthing skills in this month’s Home School Safari session. We will look at different techniques that real life scientists may use to solve mysteries. 

April 13, 2018 - How Do I Get There From Here?
Humans move from place to place by using landmarks, maps, GPS and compasses. In this session of Home School Safari we will explore the different methods animals use to find their way and we will even try out a few!

** topics may vary based on weather or other circumstances

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Blank Park Zoo’s Zookeeper for a Day program is for participants 13-17 years old.

This interactive educational offering will give teens an “up-close-and-personal” look at working in a zoo.  Roll-up your sleeves and get ready to help out our professional zookeepers with their daily routines of food preparation, cleaning and animal care for some of Blank Park Zoo’s awesome residents.

Your time “behind-the-scenes” may include being outside and possibly getting a bit wet and a bit dirty, so make sure to wear appropriate clothes including closed-toe shoes (boots that can get wet would be best).

This program is designed for participants with a special interest in becoming a zookeeper or working with animals in the future.  Please discuss this with your child and make sure it is something they are truly interested in.

Dates for 2017-2018 coming soon!!

For more information contact Angela Tague at 515-974-2546 or email


Join Blank Park Zoo in celebrating Earth Day by joining us for “Party for the Planet”! This family-friendly celebration combines education and fun with booths and activities throughout the zoo highlighting ways we can help the Earth today and every day! 



Please call Kathy McKee at 974-2557 or Angela Tague at 974-2546 for further details, questions, or to set up a class.

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