***REGISTRATIONS ARE CLOSED***
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 2016 - 2017 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 use 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 If payment is not received within 7 days of your registration, your spot will be forfeited and no longer valid.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.
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’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