Zoo Classes 2013-2014

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Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 Program

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. Please be aware that the K-1st & 2nd-3rd grade classes does cost more than the 4th-8th grade programs.  Those programs include make and take crafts.

Example Pricing: K4- 1st grade: If we have 10 students enrolled, the cost would be $27.00, if we have 11 students enrolled the cost would be $24.60...the more students enroll, the less you will have to pay. For 4th - 8th grades; If we have 10 students enrolled, the cost would be $12.00, if 11 students enrolled it would cost $10.90...again the more students enroll, the less you will pay.   The max price for the 2nd-3rd grade program would be $27.00 if we meet the 10 student requirement, if 11 or more students enroll then the cost would be less. Minimum of 10 students per program and a max of 20 students per program. I will update the costs once registration is closed.  Paypal or check payment will be accepted.

2013-2014 PRICES:  K-1st:  $19.30/person

2nd-3rd: $20.80/person

4th-8th: $13.35/person

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

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.



K4-1st grade- Most classes for this age program includes make and take crafts. Classes run 60 min unless otherwise noted.

Bats - 10/1/13 at 11:15am.  Enter our bat-cave classroom to learn about the only flying mammal. Find out what bats eat, and discover why bats in Wisconsin are great. Observe a bat up close and create your own roosting bat. (S, E, M)

Turkeys - 11/7/13 at 11:15amLike all birds, turkeys have feathers and lay eggs; but did you know they can fly faster than 50 mph? Play a turkey relay game, dance the “Quirky Turkey” and design your own camouflaged turkey. (S, E, M)

Penguins - 2/6/2014 at 11:15am. Waddle, slide, hop and swim as we learn all about penguins. Sing a bilingual penguin anatomy song, learn how penguins hide from predators, and make your own camouflaged penguin. (EE, S, E, SS)

On the Farm - 3/5/2014 at 11:15amMilk and cheese, corn and potatoes; learn about Wisconsin farm products. Visit the Zoo’s working dairy farm and make “The Story of Milk” sequencing cards. (M, E)

Bears - 4/2/2014 at 11:15amFrom the tundra to the jungle, different 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. (EE, S, E, SS)

African Safari - 5/7/2014 at 11:15amFrom gigantic giraffes to enormous elephants, learn about some of the biggest animals in Africa.  Touch real hides and horns, make a savanna poster, and visit the Zoo’s largest residents. (EE, S, E, SS, M)

2nd- 3rd grade:   Price of enrollment will reflect the number of classes listed.  Classes run 60 min unless otherwise noted.

Creatures of the Night- 10/1/13 at 11:15amWhile you sleep, nocturnal animals awaken to use the cover of darkness to survive. Discover how bats catch tiny insects on the darkest nights, why owls fly silently and how animals use their adaptations to thrive with only the stars to light their way. Have a hoot making an owl craft. (EE, S, E)

Life in the Rain Forest Walking Tour- 11/7/2013 at 11:15am. Rain forests are one of the most important ecosystems in the world. Come discover rain-forest animals and the adaptations that allow them to live in these amazing places. Explore the primate area on a guided tour through the Zoo’s very own “rain-forest” exhibits. (EE, S, E, SS)

Up and Down the Food Chain - 2/6/2014 at 11:15am. What’s on the menu? Students will examine the teeth, skulls and other features of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Come discover the differences between producers, consumers and decomposers and link them all together in an interactive food chain activity. (EE, S, E)

Animal Body Coverings - 3/5/2014 at 11:15am. What makes an animal a reptile, fish, amphibian, mammal, or bird? Examine real scales, skin, fur, and feathers as we discover how the five groups of vertebrate animals are classified. (S, E)

Ocean Commotion -4/2/2014 at 11:15amWhat makes an animal a reptile, fish, amphibian, mammal, or bird? Examine real scales, skin, fur, and feathers as we discover how the five groups of vertebrate animals are classified. (S, E)

Insects - 5/7/2014 at 11:15am.  The bugs are coming! Insects are the most numerous animals on Earth. Explore the characteristics of insects, including how they live, thrive and survive in almost every corner of the world. “Creep around” with a few live insects and make a buggy craft of your own. (S, E)

4th - 8th grade - Classes run 60 min unless otherwise noted.

Jaws, Claws & Paws Walking Tour Available- 10/1/13 at 11:15am. Discover how predators succeed at hunting their prey. Learn through hands-on examination of skulls, claws, talons, etc. See some of these predators up close as you do a scavenger hunt in the Zoo’s Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country. (EE, S, E, M)

Predator vs Prey - 11/7/13 at 11:15amProgram length: 75 minutes
Students take an active role in the predator-prey relationship and compete to see which is better adapted to survive. Then travel into the Zoo to see predators and their prey. (EE, S, E)

Zoo Careers - 2/6/2014 at 11:15am. 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. (S, E)

ZSI (Zoo Science Investigation) - 3/5/2014 at 11:15amProgram length: 75 minutes
How did two different animal species contract the same disease? In this problem-based scenario, students apply logic and scientific reasoning to solve the challenge of a medical mystery regarding zoo animals. Along the way, they’ll learn how science is applied to animal care at the Zoo. (EE, S, E, SS)

Wisconsin Wildlife - 4/2/2014 at 11:15amMatch up native Wisconsin animals with the interesting habitats that they call home. Discover the features that make them fit by examining mounted specimens of several native animals. (EE, S, E, SS)

Partners & Parasites: Friend or Foe? - 5/7/2014 at 11:15amTo help or to hurt, that is the question. Explore the complexities of animal relationships. Learn how animals exist symbiotically by examining real animal biofacts. (EE, S, E)

The Walking Toursymbol identifies programs that include instruction time in the Zoo.  Wisconsin Academic Standard Chart

Area skill sets are coded at the end of each program description:

  • EE-Environmental Education
  • S-Science
  • E-English Language
  • SS-Social Science
  • M-Math


  • All home school groups should meet at the US Bank Gathering Place upon arrival. The home school contact person will check-in your child and let you know which line to stand in. Please plan on arriving 20-15 minutes before the class start time.
  • NEW!: 10 minutes prior to the class start time, the Zoological Society educator will walk over to the US Bank Gathering Place to collect their students. The educator will walk the children back to the US Bank Building after class.  The educator will walk the children back to the US Bank Building after class.
  • Upon entering the buildings, please ensure that all children remain quiet. Other programs and meetings occur in the buildings simultaneously and groups gathering need to remain quiet.
  • Children are not to play or run inside or sit or play on stairs or railings.



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