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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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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 snack will be provided.

Cost per person per day: Regular $40; Members $25

Session 1: Monday, Dec. 22  (9 a.m. – Noon)
Session 2: Monday, Dec. 29  (9 a.m. – 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 per person per day: Regular $55; Members $40

Session 1: Monday, Dec. 22 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Session 2: Monday, Dec. 29 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Session 3: Tuesday, Dec. 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, Dec. 22  (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Family Holiday Camp

Spend your holiday as a family on a Zoo safari experience. You don’t have to pack your bags and take a long flight to an exotic location. Explore Africa, the Pacific Ocean islands and the Arctic all in one morning at your Louisville Zoo.

Cost – Individual: Regular $40; Members $25;
Cost – Family of 4: Regular $120; Members $85
Additional family participants $15 each

Around the World! - Monday, Dec. 29 (9 a.m. – noon)

early childhood 2015 classes and camps

Two by Two

Two-year-old and an adult

This program is designed with the two-year-old in mind. The child MUST have reached the age of two by the date of the class and be accompanied by one adult. This playful class includes circle time, learning stations and a special animal guest before heading out on a guided walking tour of part of the Zoo. Time is spent exploring the world around them where they are encouraged to touch, taste, scribble, and do whatever satisfies their curiosity (under supervision)! The cost for extra adults attending will be $10 each.

Cost per session (one adult & one child): Regular $35; Members $20

Warm Fuzzies: Session 1: Thursday, Jan. 8  (9 – 10:30 a.m.)

Warm Fuzzies: Session 2: Saturday, Jan. 10  (9 – 10:30 a.m.)

Two by Three

Three-year-old and an adult

This program is 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 and be accompanied by an adult. This class includes circle time, learning stations and a special animal guest before heading out on a guided walking tour of part of the Zoo. Time is spent exploring the world around them and “play” time to let their imaginations run wild.

Cost per session (one adult & one child): Regular $35; Members $20

Winter Homes: Session 1: Thursday, Jan. 8  (11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Winter Homes: Session 2: Saturday, Jan. 10  (11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

ZOOper Kids

Ages 4 & 5

This program includes a guided Zoo walk, “hands-on” activities, closely supervised contact with education program animals and lots of information about how animals survive the winter. Activities will satisfy the curiosity of young minds.

Cost per session: Regular $30; Members $15

Wild Winter Animals: Session 1: Thursday, January 8 (11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Wild Winter Animals: Session 2: Saturday, January 10  (1 – 2:30 p.m.)

Spring Break Camp 2015

Ages 6-12

Register for individual days of Spring Break Camp or all five days. Every day brings a fun and educational program with a different theme. Each theme will include Zoo walks, close-up contact with educational animals, crafts and activities. Bring a sack lunch with a drink.

Cost – Individual day: Regular $55; Members $45

Cost – Five Days: Regular $275; Members $215

Animal Senses: Monday, April 6 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Zoo Careers: Tuesday, April 7  (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Wild Water Wednesday: Wednesday, April 8  (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Animal Grossology: Thursday, April 9  (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Animal Conservation: Friday, April 10  (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Family Classes

Bring the family to our Family Class and learn together about the world we live in. This program is designed for families with children 4 years old and up. Meet your instructor at the Front Gate and learn with us!

“Breakfast with the Bears”

Saturday, Jan. 24  (8:30 – 10 a.m.)

Bring your own Teddy Bear for this class. Learn together about Polar bears and Grizzly bears. Hands-on activities will take place along with a simple continental breakfast served in the Louisville Zoo’s classroom in Glacier Run. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost Individual: Regular $30; Members $15

Cost Family of 4: Regular $100; Members $50

Additional family participants $10 each

“Breakfast with the Orangutans”

Saturday, Feb. 7  (8:30 – 10 a.m.)

Escape the winter blues with this delightful and delicious program. Families will be able to explore the world of orangutans. A simple continental breakfast will be served while the orangutans eat their breakfast too. A keeper will join the group and share information about orangutan behavior and what it is like to work with these intelligent animals! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost – Individual: Regular $30; Members $15

Cost – Family of 4: Regular $100; Members $50

Additional family participants $10 each

HOMESCHOOL PRIDE PROGRAMS

Animal Puzzles

Ages K–5

The Louisville Zoo is offering education programs designed specifically to meet the needs of local families that are taking the responsibility for educating their children at home by using resources in the home and community. A series of science based classes are being offered once a month with curriculum based on the new Next Generation Science Standards. Students will be encouraged to look at patterns and formulate answers to questions about the world around them. The “Animal Puzzles” series will make connections to different body parts and how these physical features help them survive.

Cost per class: (one child & one adult) Regular $ 20; Member $15

Spots: Tuesday, Jan. 27  (2 – 4 p.m.)

Stripes: Tuesday, Feb. 24  (2 – 4 p.m.)

Speed: Tuesday, March 31  (2 – 4 p.m.)

Beaks: Tuesday, April 28  (2 – 4 p.m.)

Adult Classes

Ages 18 and over

Are you interested in finding out more about what’s going on at the Louisville Zoo? One way to find out the answers to your many questions, is by attending one of our Adult Education programs which focus on information related to animal husbandry, Zoo conservation efforts, and why do we do things the way we do?

The Louisville Zoo’s Role in Conservation

Saturday, Jan. 17  (9 a.m. – Noon)

This program will look at the efforts and role that the Louisville Zoo plays in a variety of conservation programs. Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accreditation, participation in Species Survival Plan (SSP) and unique exhibit design will be discussed. Join a Louisville Zoo Educator on an informative tour of the Zoo which may include a brief behind the scenes experience.

Cost per person: Regular $25, Members $20

Award Winning Exhibits Tour

Saturday, Feb. 21  (9 a.m. – Noon)

Join a Louisville Zoo Educator for a walk and an informative look at the award-winning Islands, Gorilla Forest and Glacier Run exhibits at the Zoo. Find out more about the history of and what makes these exhibits unique and exceptional in the zoo world.

Cost per person: Regular $25; Members $20

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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