Home School Workshops

The NEW Zoo & Adventure Park is pleased to announce our continuation of program offerings for home-schooled students.  Home School Workshops are open to all home-schooled students in grades 3rd through 8th for the current (2017-18) school year.  These drop-off programs include live animal encounters and zoo tours, along with games and other fun activities where students will have hands-on learning opportunities.  Students should dress in layers, bringing clothing appropriate for both indoor and outdoor activities.

Program Details

Cost

  • $12 per student for Zoo Pass Members
  •  $15 per student for Non-Members
  • Payments are due upon registration to hold spaces, with a 50% refund available if cancellations are made prior to one week before the date of the program

Length

  •  2 and 1/2 hours per session

Start times

  • 9:30 a.m. for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade
  • 1:00 p.m. to students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade

For information or to register

Dates and program descriptions are provided below. Please be sure to sign-up your children for the session appropriate for their age group.  ­Payments are due upon registration to hold the space, with a 50% refund available if cancellations are made prior to one week before the date of the program.

Home School Workshops: Winter 2017-18 Schedule

Tues, November 7th

Prairie Predator Join us as we travel to the Great Plains of the United States to discover a unique species: the Black-footed ferret. Once thought to be extinct, this prairie predator has been making a comeback thanks to hard-working humans. We will visit the new Prairie Dog and Badger exhibit and participate in activities to show what life is like for the black-footed ferret and other Great Plains critters.

Tues, December 5th

Wisconsin Wildlife in Trouble Elephants, rhinos, and giraffes aren’t the only endangered species in the world. In this session, we’ll take a close look at what is happening with endangered species in our area. No matter how big or small, each animal has an important place in the ecosystem—including those critters here in the Midwest. Join us on a journey to find out more about these less-famous species and what we can do to help.

Weds, January 10th

Animal Spotlight: Big Cats for 3rd-5th graders Cats come in many shapes and sizes, in a variety of patterns. During this workshop, we’ll focus on big cats living throughout the world. While they share some similarities with your pet cats at home, they have a few wild tricks up their paws to help them survive. Pounce on over to see what it takes to be a fantastic feline!

Wildlife Trafficking: African Megafauna for 6th-8th graders Poaching and the illegal transport/selling of wild animals is a big problem, especially with large African wildlife. We will focus on why animals like the elephant and rhinoceros are targeted and how their native habitats are impacted. Through activities and discussions, we will dig deep into why wildlife trafficking exists and what we can do to help.

Weds, February 7th

Animal Spotlight: Wild Dogs for 3rd-5th graders Dogs don’t always sit, stay, and roll over on command.  We will breakdown what it means to live in a pack. Wolves, coyotes, and foxes have different strategies for survival and through games and activities, we will put ourselves into their paw prints, so to speak. We will explore many species of canine, where they live, and what they do to survive.

Wildlife Trafficking: Feathered Friends for 6th-8th graders Poaching and the illegal transport/selling of wild animals is a big problem, and colorful birds are no exception. Having such a unique look makes many birds a target. Whether they are caught to sell in the pet trade, or to be used for their beautiful feathers, many wild bird populations have greatly decreased over the years. Through activities and discussions, we will dig deep into why wildlife trafficking exists and what we can do to help.

Weds, March 7th

Animal Spotlight: Interesting Invertebrates for 3rd-5th graders Join us as we discover interesting facts about bugs, spiders, and even some aquatic critters – all of which lack a backbone. We’ll explore whether or not humans could survive without backbones, and learn about some awesome adaptations those without backbones have to survive.

Wildlife Trafficking: Animal Crime Stoppers for 6th-8th graders There are many ways we can put a stop to wildlife trafficking, including through certain careers. These may involve working on the ground in countries where animals are poached, or they can be stationed at domestic ports to inspect items coming in and out of the United States. Either way, there are many important people in the world doing their part to prevent wildlife from going extinct. We will learn the duties of different “animal police,” and put ourselves to the test as we become our own version of animal crime stoppers.

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