Non-member registrations open August 1st
Please note that April's date is still TBD. It will be on Tuesday or Thursday morning. You may wait to register once that date is finalized or register now.
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 except for 4th - 8th. The Zoological Society is only offering 5 classes for this grade program.
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.
- You may PayPal your payment to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send this via Family and Friends. Any fees incurred will be your responsibility. Please also note your child/children's name(s).
- Checks made out to Master's Touch Homeschool Group. Mailed to: 10640 W Beacon Hill Dr., Franklin, WI 53132
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- FULL. Wait List only. Classes run 60 min unless otherwise noted. $15 registration fee is required at time of registration (see payment information above).
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 11:015m - 12:15pm 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)
THURSDAY, November 16, 2017, 11:15 - 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)
****No Classes December or January*****
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 11:15am - 12:15pm: Penquins
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 provide them with camouflage in the water. Sing a penguin song and make your own feathered penguin. Includes minimal Spanish vocabulary. (LS, ESS)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 11:15am - 12:15pm : It's Alive
Is a bird alive? Is a chair alive? Let’s play charades and sing songs as we learn what is alive and what is not. Then, use your knowledge of living things to create a project showing the difference between animals and plants. (LS)
April 17, 2018, 11:15am - 12:15pm: Zoo Keepers
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. Program can be shortened for High Interest Days. (LS, ESS)
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 11:15am - 12:15pm : Animal Athletes
Can you run as fast as a cheetah or jump as far as a kangaroo? Find out who the animal kingdom’s top athletes are. Play an “Animal Locomotion” matching game and practice some unique animal moves. An open space is preferred for this program. (LS)
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 10, 2017, 11:15am - 12:15pm: 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)
THURSDAY, November 16, 2017, 11:15 - 12:15pm: 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)
****No Classes December or January*****
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 11:15am - 12:15pm: Animal 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, scales and skin. Then test your skills by playing the animal classification game. (LS)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 11:15am - 12:15pm: 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)
April 17, 2018, 11:15am - 12:15pm: Zoo Veterinarians
What does it take to care for more than 3,000 animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo? Learn how Zoo veterinarians keep our animals healthy by preventing and treating illness and injuries. Read X-rays, view dental impressions, and observe a live animal in the classroom. (LS)
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 11:15am - 12:15pm: Insect Invasion
Just because it creeps and crawls doesn’t make it an insect! Investigate the characteristics of insects and compare how they are different from all other animals. Take our interactive insect quiz, learn about insect life cycles and discover why insects are so successful. Program can be shortened for High Interest Days. (LS)
4th - 8th grade Classes run 60 min unless otherwise noted. $15 registration fee is required at time of registration (see payment information above). Please note I am only able to schedule 5 classes not 6 this year. The Zoological Society is only offering 5 classes.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 11:15am - 12:15pm: Predator vs Prey
What if there were no predators? Answer this question as you participate in a role-play based on a real case study of a predator and prey relationship. Compete in teams to see which adaptations aid in survival. Travel into the Zoo to see our unique side-by-side predator and prey exhibits. (LS)
THURSDAY, November 16, 2017, 11:15 - 12:15pm: ZSI: Snow Leopard
Program dates: Oct. 3-Dec. 20 and March 5-May 18
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)
****No Classes December or January*****
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 11:15am - 12:15pm: 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. Visit some of the endangered species within the Zoo’s collection. (LS, ESS)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 11:15am - 12:15pm: 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)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 11:15am-12:15pm: No class (see above). There will be a "scavanger hunt". I will lead the group in a scavanger hunt. Please print and bring the scavanger checklist to class. https://www.zoosociety.org/pdf/GuidedTours/ScavCat.pdf
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 12:45pm - 1:45pm: 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. Venture into the Zoo’s Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country to see some of these predators up close. (LS)
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