Zoo Classes Available — Fall 2016

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Updated August 23 at 11:00 a.m.

This page provides information on classes that are open, closed or have limited seats available. Coming soon- the full schedule for Fall 2016 includes class descriptions, dates/times, teachers’ names and fees. All classes require advanced registration; Fall registration form coming soon!


Zoo Tots for Ages 2-3

All classes 10:00-11:00 a.m.
$10/FOZ Member; $15/Non-member

August:  Birds of a Feather
#212      Monday, Aug. 22 – CLOSED

September:  Life in a Pond
#310     Saturday, Sept. 17
#311     Monday, Sept. 19
#312     Tuesday, Sept. 20

October:  Now You See Me, Now You Don’t!  (Camouflage in the Animal World)
#320     Saturday, Oct. 15
#321     Monday, Oct. 17
#322     Tuesday, Oct. 18

November:  No Shave November (Why Animals Have Whiskers)
#330     Saturday, Nov. 19
#331     Monday, Nov. 21
#332     Tuesday, Nov 22

Pre-K for Ages 4-5

All classes 9:30-11:30 a.m.

$15/FOZ Member;  $20/Non-member

September:  Life in a Pond
#313     Saturday, Sept. 10

October:  Now You See Me, Now You Don’t!  (Camouflage in the Animal World)
#323     Saturday, Oct. 8

November:  No Shave November (Why Animals Have Whiskers)
#333     Saturday, Nov. 12

Kindergarten and First Graders

All classes 1:00-3:00 p.m.

$15/FOZ Member;  $20/Non-member

September:  Life in a Pond
#314     Saturday, Sept. 24

October:  Now You See Me, Now You Don’t!  (Camouflage in the Animal World)
#324    Saturday, Oct. 22

November:  No Shave November (Why Animals Have Whiskers)
#334     Saturday, Nov. 26

Creature Feature for Ages 2-6

All classes 10:30-11:15 a.m.

$10/FOZ Member; $15/Non-member

August: African Lion
#258      Friday, Aug. 19 CLOSED
#259      Saturday, Aug. 20 CLOSED
#260      Tuesday, Aug 23 – CLOSED

September: Bongo
#300     Friday, Sept. 23
#301     Saturday, Sept. 24
#302     Tuesday, Sept. 27

October:  Basilisk Lizard
#303     Friday, Oct. 21
#304     Saturday, Oct. 22
#305     Tuesday, Oct. 25

November:  Ostrich
#306     Friday, Nov. 25
#307     Saturday, Nov. 26
#308     Tuesday, Nov. 29

Zoo Explorers for Grades 2-3

Join us at the zoo each month as we focus on a different topic.  From learning about a new animal, to “visiting” a different part of the world, to trying out a new art technique, there’s always so much to do at Dickerson Park Zoo!

All classes 2:00-4:00 p.m.

$20/FOZ Member;  $30/Non-member
#350     Sunday, Sept. 18
#351     Sunday, Oct. 16
#352     Sunday, Nov. 20

Backyard Naturalists Grades 4-5

Of course we can see amazing animals at Dickerson Park Zoo, but wildlife is all around us every day- even in our own backyards!  Join us for an exciting series of classes where we will learn what we can do to enjoy the native plants and animals in our own neighborhoods.  From creating nature journals to making feeders to attract Missouri birds, let’s tackle conservation together and help make our community a better place.

All classes 2:00-4:00 p.m.

$20/FOZ Member;  $30/Non-member
#360     Sunday, Sept. 11
#361     Sunday, Oct. 2
#362     Sunday, Nov. 13

Zootography Camp for Grades 4-5

While school is out of session for Springfield Public Schools, why not head to the zoo to learn about the animals while also perfecting our photography skills?  We’ll start by learning photo taking techniques in the classroom, have some up-close animal encounters, then tour the zoo to practice and snap some truly “wild” photos.  This two day class will culminate with a student gallery show where the kids can show off their best photograph.

Bring your digital camera and be sure to charge those batteries!  A memory card is also required.

$40/FOZ Member;  $55/Non-member

#363     Monday, Nov. 7; Tuesday, Nov. 8  1:00-4:00 p.m.

Dickerson Park Zoo Veterinary Classes

Zoo Medicine:

Learn how the zoo treats medical emergencies and cares for exotic animals.  Students will receive a Zoo Casebook and assist the veterinary staff with physicals, vaccinations, radiographs, blood tests and other daily acitivities.  This class is designed for students interested in a career in veterinary medicine and is open to 7th and 8th graders.

$150/FOZ Member;  $200/Non-member

#370     Monday, Nov. 7; Tuesday, Nov. 8  9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Veterinary Adventures:

High school students interested in veterinary medicine can work with Dickerson Park Zoo’s Veterinarian, Dr. Rodney Schnellbacher.  Spend a day assisting Dr. Schnellbacher and the veterinary staff and see first-hand what it is like to care for exotic animals.

$75/FOZ Member; $100/Non-member

#371     Monday, Oct. 17
#372     Monday, Jan. 16
#373     Monday, Jan. 20

Zoo Year’s Eve for Grades K-4

Celebrate the start of 2017 with the animals!  There are some important zoo year’s resolutions, and we want your help.  Join the Dickerson Park Zoo Education Staff and animal friends as we kick off 2017 conservationist style. Enjoy a fun art project, meet some animal friends and take part in a practice countdown to midnight.

#342     Saturday, Dec. 31 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

$20/FOZ Member; $30 Non-Member

Z.E.B.R.A. Halloween Party Open House for All Ages

The Dickerson Park Zoo Education Department welcomes you to a Halloween open house like no other!  Show off your creative costumes, play games, complete a craft and meet some new animal friends at this indoor, family-friendly event.  Education Specialists Emily Lansche and Jamie Williams will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about Z.E.B.R.A. classes and birthday parties.  This is a free event, but please call 417-833-1570 and RSVP.  All ages welcome!

#340     Saturday, October 29: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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#341     Saturday, October 29:  1:00-2:30 p.m.

Zoo Year’s Eve for Grades K-4

Celebrate the start of 2017 with the animals!  There are some important zoo year’s resolutions, and we want your help.  Join the Dickerson Park Zoo Education Staff and animal friends as we kick off 2017 conservationist style. Enjoy a fun art project, meet some animal friends and take part in a practice countdown to midnight.

#342     Saturday, Dec. 31 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

$20/FOZ Member; $30 Non-Member