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EDUCATION: Public Programs

Come and discover the many fun and educational activities going on in the Zoo’s “living classroom.” Classes operate rain, snow or sunshine. Please dress weather appropriate since most programs will include a short tour outside.

NEW: Parking: Scout groups, daycares and all MetaZoo program participants who are not Louisville Zoo members will be assessed a $5 parking fee per vehicle. For maximum convenience, reserve tickets and parking passes online.

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Summer Camps

Camps are created with “hands-on” and “minds-on” instruction designed to meet the specific developmental needs of children. Thus, children are placed in grade-level groups. Please select camp for the grade your child will be entering for the 2014 to 2015 school year. Groups are small so camp counselors can meet each camper’s individual needs. Campers will learn about the world around them through experiences that include:

Hands-on with animal biofacts

  • Up-close encounters with appropriate animals and plants
  • Arts and crafts activities
  • Keeper training and enrichment demonstrations
  • Games
  • Inquiry-based activities
  • Storytime
  • Guided tours
  • Giant Animatronic Bug tour

All campers receive a t-shirt. Camps are Monday through Friday (Camp will not meet on July 4). Children attending full day sessions from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. must bring a sack lunch and a drink.

Safari Day Camp

Cost: Half Day: Regular $130; Members $115

Full Day: Regular $275; Members $215

4-Day Camp: Regular $220; Members $175

Animals Around the Clock (Grades 1 and 2)

Do you ever wonder why some animals are awake at night and some are awake during the day? Discover how the rhythm of the day and night and the seasons throughout the year affect animal behavior.

Half-Day Sessions: 9 a.m.– Noon

July 28–Aug 1

Full-Day Sessions: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

June 30–July 3

(Camp will not meet on July 4)

July 7–11

Let’s Eat! (Grades 1 and 2)

Animals survive by eating a wide variety of foods. Campers will learn about what animals eat in the wild and at the Zoo. A visit to the Zoo’s Commissary where most of the animal diets are prepared will be one of the many special experiences.

Half-Day Sessions: 9 a.m. – Noon

July 14–18

Full-Day Sessions: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

June 16–20

July 21–25

August 4–8

Adventures in Adaptations (Grades 3 and 4)

From camouflage to echolocation, all animals have special characteristics that help them survive in their habitat. Campers will discover wild and extraordinary survival techniques of the plant and animal kingdoms.

Full-Day Sessions: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

July 7–11

July 21–25

August 4–8

Planet of Plenty (Grades 3 and 4)

Biodiversity is the variety of life on our planet – and there’s plenty of it! Campers will learn about the wealth of habitats that house all life forms and the interconnections that tie us together.

Full-Day Sessions: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

June 30–July 3
(Camp will not meet on July 4)

July 14–18

July 28–August 1

Zoo Exhibit Design (Grades 5 through 7)

Have you ever wondered how zoo exhibits are designed? During this program, campers will learn all that is required to create a new exhibit and design their own! They will meet staff that helped create Louisville Zoo’s award winning exhibits. Special tours are planned so campers will understand the complexity of zoo design.

Full Day Sessions: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

July 7–11

July 14–18

August 4–8

Animal Mythbusters (Grades 5 through 7)

The animal world is full of myths, legends, and sayings that are often not true. Campers will be busting myths all week during this fun and interactive program!

Full-Day Sessions: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

June 16–20

June 30–July 3

(Camp will not meet on July 4)

July 21–25

July 28–August 1

Track ‘em, Smack ‘em and Roar

The Louisville Nature Center, Louisville Tennis Center, and the Louisville Zoo will again be offering a week of non-stop fitness fun and nature exploration for grades 4–7. Campers will track native wildlife at the Louisville Nature Center, learn basic tennis skills and good sportsmanship at the Louisville Tennis Center, and spend the afternoon visiting the wild creatures at the Louisville Zoo. All three sessions are identical. If your child has a tennis racket we suggest that he/she bring it. Each participant must bring a lunch, water bottle, and dress appropriately for outside play (tennis shoes are required).

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Regular $275; Member $215 (Louisville Nature Center and/or Louisville Zoo)

Session 3: July 7–11

NEW!  Animal Art Detectives - SOLD OUT

Grades 4–7

The Louisville Zoo and Speed Art Museum are jointly offering this special program! Campers will become certified Art Detectives where they will investigate both animals and art through unique hands-on activities. They will explore different art mediums such as drawing and printmaking while looking to the world of animals for inspiration. This interdisciplinary camp pulls in ideas from both the science and art realms to create a unique camp experience for your child. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch. This camp will take place at the Zoo.

July 14-18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  - SOUND OUT

NEW! Teen Tuesdays

(Grades 8-10)

Come explore some of the many functions and the fun of operating a Zoo. Through educator-led classes, activities, small animal contact and behind-the scenes tours, you will learn about the careers and programs that Zoo staff members are so passionate about! Teens must bring a sack lunch and drink. Please dress for the weather and wear close-toed shoes.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Regular $55 per day or $275 for all five days; Member $43 per day or $215 for all five days

Why Zoos?

July 15

Zoos have come a long way since their origins. Modern, accredited zoos have very important roles in the 21st century. Why are zoos so crucial? What careers are required to operate a zoo? How do we care for our many animals? You will learn about how conservation, education, research and recreation are top priorities at the Louisville Zoo!

Wild Service Day!

July 22

Here is your chance to participate in some hands-on projects that will benefit the Zoo, and give you service learning hours as well! Possible projects include working in our wetlands area, creating enrichment planters or other items for our animals. Rain or shine, we will be busy. Please dress for dirt!

Biodiversity Blitz

July 29

The variety of life on Earth provides us with resources, and also makes our Earth livable. Learn about the basics of biodiversity and the fascinating connections that make it vital for us to protect. Through tours and activities, we will explore Zoo practices and our own values regarding our amazing, rich planet!

Veterinary Visions

August 5

What do zoo veterinarians do each day? How do you study to become a veterinarian? Learn about the importance of preventive healthcare, and interesting cases our vets have handled! Tour our on-site animal hospital, and meet one of our veterinary staff members.

Reptiles and Amphibians

July 1

What is the difference between reptiles and amphibians? How can you tell which ones are venomous? Which endangered reptile and amphibian species do we have at our Zoo? We will see and touch some interesting specimens, learn about myths and facts, and tour our HerpAquarium.

Two by Two

(Age 2 and an adult)

Activities for this program take into consideration that youngsters at this age are curious about the world around them and have the energy for lots of action! This program incorporates learning centers and free play to cultivate a child’s connection to the natural world around them. Campers must be accompanied by an adult. All campers will receive a t-shirt.

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Cost: Regular $105; Members $90; one adult and one child; additional adult: $10

Ears, Eyes and Noses, Oh My!

Children will use their comparative skills while they investigate the features of different types of animals.

Session 2: June 9–13

Session 3: June 16–20

Session 4: June 23–27

Body Basics

Ever wonder why elephants have a trunk or why zebras have stripes? Children will explore many special animal characteristics and discover what makes them so unique.

Session 1: July 7–11

Session 2: July 14–18

Session 3: July 21–25

Session 4: July 28–August 1

Two By Three

(Age 3 and an adult)

This program takes into consideration that youngsters at this age are curious about the world around them and have the energy for lots of action! It incorporates learning centers and free play to cultivate a child’s connection to the natural world around them. All campers will receive a t-shirt.

10:30 a.m.–Noon

Cost: Regular $105; Members $90; one adult and one child; additional adult: $10

Ears, Eyes and Noses, Oh My!

Children will use their comparative skills while they investigate the features of different types of animals.

Session 1: June 2–6

Session 2: June 9–13

Session 3: June 16–20

Session 4: June 23–27

Body Basics

Ever wonder why elephants have a trunk or why zebras have stripes? Children will explore many special animal characteristics and discover what makes them so unique.

Session 1: July 7–11

Session 2: July 14–18

Session 3: July 21–25

Session 4: July 28–August 1

ZOOper Kids

(Ages 4 and 5)

ZOOper Kids will enjoy Zoo walks, crafts, snacks, closely supervised contact with education animals and story times. All campers receive a t-shirt.

9 a.m.–Noon

Cost per child: Regular $130; Members $115

Ani-motion!

Snakes slither, birds fly, fish swim, animals move in many different ways. Children will investigate and make comparisons about how animals move.

Session 1: June 2–6

Session 2: June 23–27

Session 3: July 14–18

Session 4: August 4–8

Classification

What makes a lizard a reptile? Do all birds hatch from eggs? Children will investigate how animals are grouped together by comparing similar and different traits.

Session 1: June 9–13

Session 2: June 30–July 3

(Camp will not meet on July 4)

Session 3: July 21–25

The Five Senses

How does a snake “hear”? Why do cats have whiskers? Children will be introduced to the five senses and how animals need these senses to survive.

Session 1: June 16–20

Session 2: July 7–11

Session 3: July 28–Aug 1
 

SPRING CLASSES

Check back for information on these classes.

CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY

  1. Individuals who wish to cancel their registration in any class must notify the Education Department, in writing, no less than one week prior to the actual date of the class. We will refund 80% of the class fee upon receipt of a written or email (danita.robbins@louisvilleky.gov) cancellation.
    There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than one week prior to class date.
  2. The Education Department reserves the right to cancel classes with insufficient registration.
  3. There will be a $10 service charge for any changes in the original registration.
  4. Pre-registration is required for all classes.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and camps fill quickly. Pre-registration is required for all classes.

  1. Online registrations through our eTicket Store are available unless otherwise noted. Only credit card payments accepted. Confirmations are automatically emailed with your ticket.
  2. Reservations will not be taken over the phone.

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