ALL CLASSES ARE FULL. Registrations are closed.
Please plan to arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the zoo class start time.
We are meeting at the US Bank Gathering Building (see map) NOT the Zoological Society Building. Classes are held at the Zoological Society Building but we are to meet at the US Bank Gathering Building. The Zoological Society asks that we do NOT meet at the Society building since there is office staff and other classes going on and it would distract the staff and students.
You may park on the street or in the parking lot. When you arrive at the front gate (street entrance or parking entrance) notify the attendant that you are there for zoo classes. Example : “Hi. I am here for zoo classes” or “Salutations. My entourage is here for zoo classes”. You may use either example, use both, or use your own. You will NOT be charged any type of fee. If there is a problem, please contact me via phone (see contact information below).
If using the parking lot, you may park anywhere you please. I suggest parking in between the Zoological Society and the US Bank Gathering Building. I use the “Elephant” parking lot.
I will have name tags for the kids. Each program is color coded. Please have the children locate their name tag and place them on the student. Name tags need to be returned after class. Please DO NOT take these home.
Red = K3- 1st
Green = 2nd - 3rd
Yellow = 4th - 8th
Zoological Society teachers usually arrive 10 minutes prior to class start time. Students will line up, single file for their class program. Teachers and chaperones will walk the students to the Zoological Society Building.
After class, the chaperones will walk the students back to the US Bank Gathering Building. A teacher will sometimes accompany the chaperones.
If you are chaperoning, please limit any conversations during class. Some children are easily distracted and it may be hard to them to hear or concentrate.
If you are not a chaperon and you are enjoying the Zoo grounds, please make sure you arrive promptly to pick up your child at the US Bank Gathering Building. See the class times below
Below is the list of classes, dates & time the Zoological Society is offering. Master's Touch is a Christian homeschool group and we must hold ourselves as such. Please read over our Field Trip Guidelines.
K3-1st grade Classes run 60 min unless otherwise noted. $15 registration fee is required at time of registration (see payment information above).
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 11:00am - 12:00pm Bats
Fly into our cave classroom and learn about the world’s only flying mammal! Find out what bats eat and discover what makes bats in Wisconsin so special. Observe a fruit bat up close and then create your own roosting bat to take home. (LS)
Tuesday, November 15, 2016,11:00am - 12:00pm : Turkeys
Did you know a turkey can fly almost 55 miles per hour but often runs from its predators? Learn more amazing facts about our feathered friends as you enter our turkey roost classroom. Play a turkey relay game, dance the “Quirky Turkey” and design your own camouflaged turkey totake home. (LS)
****No Classes December or January*****
Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 11:00am - 12:00pm: Critter Covers
Is it a mammal, bird, reptile, fish or amphibian? Learn about animal classification while touching real fur, feathers and scales. Sing a song with American Sign Language and create a critter covers wheel. (LS)
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 11:00am - 12:00pm : Dairy Farm
From milk and cheese to ice cream and butter, Wisconsin is known for its dairy products. Follow the story of milk as we learn how much food and water cows need to make a gallon of milk and what happens to the milk before it gets to the grocery store. Visit the Zoo’s working dairy farm. (LS, ESS)
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 11:00am - 12:00pm: Bears
From the tundra to the bamboo forests, bears survive in a variety of habitats. Discover what makes these animals so amazing and show off your knowledge as you create an “All About Bears” book. (LS, ESS)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 111:00am - 12:00pm : African Safari
Learn about some of the biggest animals in Africa as you stomp into our savanna classroom. Touch real hides and horns and sing a song in Swahili, a language widely spoken in East Africa. Make an interactive project that showcases Africa’s largest, tallest, fastest and slowest animals. (ESS)
2nd - 3rd grade Most classes offer a take home activity. Price reflects number of class offered through The Zoological Society. Classes run 60 min unless otherwise noted. $15 registration fee is required at time of registration (see payment information above).
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 11:00am - 12:00pm: Ocean Commotion
More is known about the surface of the moon than the depths of our oceans. Dive through three zones of the ocean as we explore the mysterious and amazing animals that call it home. (LS)
Tuesday, November 15, 2017, 11:00am - 12:00pm: Food Chains
What’s on the menu? Examine the teeth and skulls of herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. Work in cooperative small groups to identify a “mystery” animal skull. Bring it all together by constructing a food chain to explain how animals get energy to survive. (LS)
****No Classes December or January*****
Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 11:00am - 12:00pm: Habitats
What makes a habitat a home? It’s all about food, water, shelter and space! From dodging predators to finding food, living in a habitat has its challenges. Come play the “Animal Habitats Game” as we investigate a variety of habitats to learn how animals survive in different habitats. (LS)
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 11:00am - 12:00pm: Insect Invasion
Just because it creeps and crawls doesn't mean it’s an insect! Investigate the characteristics of insects and compare how they are different from all other animals. Learn about insect life cycles, take our interactive insect quiz, and discover why insects are so successful. (LS)
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 11:00am - 1205pm: Animal Classifications
Discover how the five groups of vertebrate animals are classified. What makes an animal a mammal, bird, fish, amphibian or reptile? Examine real fur, feathers, scales and skin. Then test your skills by playing the animal classification game. (LS)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 11:00am - 12:00pm: Creatures of the Night
Discover how bats, owls and other night dwellers use their adaptations to survive in a world of darkness. We will explore our own senses as we find out what it takes to be a nocturnal creature. (LS)
4th - 8th grade Classes run 75 min unless otherwise noted. $18 registration fee is required at time of registration (see payment information above).
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 11:00am - 12:30pm: Forces of Flight
Program length: 90 minutes
Lift, weight, thrust, and drag. Use your math, science, and engineering skills to investigate these forces and how they affect the motion of a bird in flight. Visit the Herb and Nada Mahler Family Aviary to observe the different types of flight being used by the birds in our Zoo. (PS, ETS)
Tuesday, November 15, 2017, 11:00am - 12:00pm: Symbiotic Relationships
Explore the complexities of animal relationships. Some relationships are beneficial, while others are harmful. Learn how animals exist symbiotically by examining animal specimens and playing a symbiotic matching game. (LS)
****No Classes December or January*****
Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 11:00am - 12:00pm: Zoo Careers
How do you give a penguin its vitamin each day? What special training is needed to handle venomous snakes? Take a look at the many responsibilities of zookeepers and veterinary staff at the Zoo. Learn about the specialized work involved in taking care of a diverse collection of animals. Program can be shortened for High Interest Days. (LS, ETS)
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 11:00am - 12:00pm: Jaws, Claws, and Paws
Discover how predators succeed at hunting their prey through hands-on examination of skulls, claws, talons and more. Learn how speed, strength, stealth, and sensitivity can lead to capture or escape. AT ZOO ONLY: Venture into the Zoo’s Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country to see some of these predators up close. (LS)
Tuesday, April 4, 2016, 11:00am - 12:00pm: Endangered Species
Learn why wild animals become endangered. Examine elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger fur as we discuss why these animals need our protection. AT ZOO ONLY: Visit some of the endangered species within the Zoo’s collection. (LS, ESS)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 11:00am - 12:00pm: ZSI: Humbold Penquin
How could a Zoo animal contract a disease from the wild? In this problem-based scenario, apply logic and scientific reasoning to solve this challenging medical mystery involving Zoo animals. Learn how science is applied to animal care at the Zoo. (LS, ETS)
The symbol identifies programs that include instruction time in the Zoo.
Next Generation Science Standards are coded at the end of each program description:
- PS - Physical Science
- LS - Life Science
- ES - Earth Science
- ESS - Earth and Space Science
- ETS-Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science