Zoo Class 2015 - 2016

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2015 - 2016 Zoo Classes


Please plan to arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the zoo class start time.
  • We are meeting at the US Bank Gathering Building NOT the Zoological Society Building. Classes are held at the Zoological Society Building but we are to meet 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 “Howdy, me and my tribe are here for them 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 in 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 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 on the MT website for class times.


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-  CLASS FULL. WAIT LIST REGISTRATION ONLY. All classes for this age program includes make and take crafts. Classes run 60 min unless otherwise noted. $15 registration fee is required at time of registration (see payment information above).

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 10:15am - 11:15am: 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 24, 2015,11:15am - 12:15pm : 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 to take home. (LS)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 11:15am - 12:15pm: Penguins

Waddle, slide, hop and swim into our Antarctic classroom as we learn some “cool” penguin facts. Penguins’ black and white feathers not only keep them warm, but also help them to camouflage in the water. Sing a penguin song and make your own feathered penguin. Includes minimal Spanish vocabulary. (LS, ESS)

Thursday, March 24, 2016,10:15am - 11:15am : Dairy FarmWalking Tour Available

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 26, 2016, 11:15am - 12:15pm: 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)

Thursday, May 5, 2016,10:15am - 11:15am : Zookeepers

Have you ever wondered what zookeepers do at the zoo? Discover the many jobs of a zookeeper; cleaning stalls, preparing food, and keeping our animals happy and healthy. Put your zookeeper knowledge to practice as you observe a live classroom animal to determine if it is healthy. (LS, 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 13, 2015, 10:15am - 11:15am: 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)

Tuesday, November 24, 201, 11:15am - 12:15pm5: 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. Play a habitat guessing game while we investigate polar regions, deserts and rainforests to learn how animals survive in their homes. (LS)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 11:15am - 12:15pm: Classification

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, skin and scales. Then test your skills by playing an animal classification game. (LS)

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 10:00am - 11:15am: Food Chains

What’s on the menu? Examine the teeth and skulls of herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. Use this knowledge to identify “mystery” animals in cooperative small groups. Let’s bring it all together by constructing a food chain to explain how animals get energy to survive. (LS)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 11:15am - 12:15pm: Insect Invasion

Just because it creeps and crawls doesn't’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)

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 10:15am - 11:15am: Ocean Commotion

More is known about the surface of the moon than the depths of our oceans. Dive through all three zones of the ocean as we explore the mysterious and amazing animals that call it home. (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 13, 2015, 10:00am - 11:15am: ZSI Snow Leopard

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)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 11:00am - 12:15pm: 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. (LS, ETS) 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 11:00am - 12:15pm: Jaws, Claws, & PawsWalking Tour Available

Discover how predators succeed at hunting their prey through hands-on examination of skulls, claws, talons and more. See some of these predators up close as you venture to the Zoo’s Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country. (LS)

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 10:15am - 11:15am: Predator vs PreyWalking Tour Available

What if there were no predators? Participate in a role-play activity based on a real case study of the predator and prey relationship. Compete in teams to see which adaptations aid in survival. Travel into the Zoo to see some predators and their prey side by side. (LS)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 11:00am - 12:30pm: Forces of FlightWalking Tour Available -THIS CLASS IS CANCELLED DUE TO AVIARY RENOVATION

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)

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 10:00am - 11:15am: 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)

The Walking Toursymbol 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


If you would like to participate in the Zoo classes, you will need to enroll in all the Fall and Spring programs.  There is no longer a pay per class option.  You will not be refunded for any classes you are not able to attend or miss.  You may bless another student and gift the class you are not able to attend or offer the class to another student for reimbursement on your own.  This is not a drop-off program.  You must stay on the Milwaukee County Zoo property during class time. 

The cost of the program will depend on the amount of students that enroll in each grade program.  We are offering 6 classes this year for all grade programs.  Please be aware that the K-1st & 2nd-3rd grade classes cost more than the 4th-8th grade programs.  These programs include make and take crafts.

Pricing: The Zoological Society increased their program cost for the K3-1st and 2nd - 3rd grade programs.  The cost is $50 per class with a 20 student minimum, 30 students per class program max.   The price for the 4th - 8th program remains the same at $45 per class with a 30 student max, no minimum.

How do I figure out the prices?  For the K3 - 1st & 2nd - 3rd grade program, I multiplied 6 classes x $50  = $300.00 for the 2015 - 2016 school year.  That total cost would be divided by the number of students registered.  Example: If we have 20 students registered, I would divide $300 by 20 which would equal $15.00.   Each student will pay $15 for the full program ( $15 for all 6 classes NOT 6 classes x $15 per class). I would do the same equation for the 4th-8th grade program but use the rate of $45 per class instead of $50.

PAYMENT: Payment is required within 7 days of registration or your registration is cancelled. I'm very sorry for this change in payment procedure.  I know this is a lot of money up front for many families but this is a new policy that I need to implement due to some issues that resulted in negative funds.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

I am charging the minimum student rate of 20 for the K3 - 1st program and 2nd - 3rd ($300/20 = $15).  I will charge at the rate of 15 students for the 4th - 8th program ($270/15 = $18).  If there are more students registered than the minimum rate, I will refund you the difference.  If less students register, I will either cancel that program or we can pay more out of pocket.  If payment is not received within 7 days of your registration, your spot will be forfeited and no longer valid.  If for some reason, the class is cancelled, I will refund you the full amount.  Registration deadline is Sept. 15th.

For additional questions, please contact Oumalay via email at ocavi@ymail.com

Registration are CLOSED!