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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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FALL PROGRAMS

The Louisville Zoo Education Department offers a variety of educational experiences for children of all ages. Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy the Zoo. Young people are curious about what is around them and programs are designed with this in mind. Educators go that “extra mile” in creating “hands-on” and “minds-on” instruction. Learning about science is an active process and students are encouraged to investigate, apply critical thinking skills and ask questions. It is the intent of the Louisville Zoo Education Department to have children and adults become more aware of what is around them which will help develop a healthy respect and responsibility for nature. We like to say that by touching the heart, we teach the mind.

Two by Two

Two-year-old and an adult

These programs are designed with the two-year-old child in mind. The child MUST have reached the age of two by the date of the class. These playful, one-hour classes include circle time, free-play time to encourage exploration, and a special animal guest before heading out on a guided walking tour of part of the Zoo. The cost for extra adults attending will be $10 each.

Cost per session (one adult and one child)
Regular: $40; Members: $25

“Colorful Creatures”

September 20, 9 – 10:30 a.m.

“Feathered Friends”

October 9 or 119 – 10:30 a.m.

Two by Three

Three-year-old and an adult

These programs are designed specifically to meet the developmental needs of the three-year-old child. The child MUST have reached the age of three by the date of the class. This one-hour class includes circle time, free-play time to encourage exploration, and a special animal guest before heading out on a guided walking tour of a part of the Zoo.

Cost per session (one adult and one child):
Regular: $40; Members: $25

“Big Ears!”

September 20, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

“Tails”

October 9 or 11, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

ZOOper Kids

This child-only program for four and five-year-old children includes a guided Zoo walk, a hands-on activity, closely supervised contact with education program animals and lots of information about animals to satisfy the curiosity of young minds.

Cost per session: Regular: $30; Members: $15

“African Safari”

September 20, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

“Tons of Teeth”

October 9 or 11, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Family Classes

Come and experience the Zoo as a family and learn together about the world around you! This program is designed for families with children four years old and older.

Cost per person: Regular: $15; Members: $10
Cost per Family of 4: Regular: $50; Members $35

Fangs, Spots and Stripes!

Saturday, September 27, 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Island Adventure

Saturday, October 18, 9 – 10:30 a.m.

HOLIDAY CAMPS

ZOOper Kids Holiday Camp

Ages 4-5

Campers will enjoy a Zoo walk, craft and a “hands-on” visit with education animals. A healthy snackS will be provided.

Cost per person: Regular $40; Members $25

Session 1

Monday, December 22

9 – noon

Session 2

Monday, December 29

9 – noon

Holiday Camp

Ages 6-12

This all day program will be packed with activities including animal study, crafts, a “hands-on” visit with Education animals and a snack. Children should bring a sack lunch with a drink. Children will be grouped according to age.

Cost: Regular $55; Members $40

Session 1

Monday, December 22

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Session 2

Monday, December 29

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Session 3

Tuesday, December 30

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Teen Holiday Camp

Ages 13 – 15

This all day program will provide teens with a unique experience at the Louisville Zoo. Teens will explore how our Zoo cares for the many endangered animals that live here, as well as conservation projects in the wild. Teens need to bring a lunch and drink and dress for the weather.

Cost: Regular $55; Members $40

Monday, December 22

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

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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