Young EDventurers Weekend Workshops

This unique series of enrichment workshops provides children with a hands-on, in-depth exploration of some of nature's most fascinating topics.

Workshops include age-appropriate science activities, games, crafts and the opportunity to meet and touch several live animals.

A series of three workshops will be held in both spring and fall for each age group: 6-8 or 8-11.

Young EDventurers Weekend Workshops:

Duration: 2 hours                                                            Available: Spring and Fall, 3 workshops per season, per age group
Program Fee: $18 per child per workshop.

All programs take place from 2:00 - 4:00pm in the Bill and Donna DeFouw Education Center.


Now taking registrations for the 2016 season - full schedule and title descriptions below.

Save big with a season pass! 

For a limited time season passes will be available at significant discounts.  Season pass discounts combine with Member discounts for the best savings of the year! 

Mini-season passes (Spring or Fall) are available for $48 for a 3-workshop series.

Purchase a Full Year Pass (all 6 sessions) for just $90.

Download a 2016 Zoo Classes Registration Packet here!
If a session becomes full, please call the Education Department at (765) 807-1540 to be placed on the wait list.
2016 Sessions for Ages 6-8

Spring Season:
Rainforest Tails
February 13 - 2:00-4:00pm
Come explore the way rainforest animals use their tails to survive and thrive.
Animal Armor
March 12 - 2:00-4:00pm
We'll learn about animal defense mechanisms and find out what makes animal armor so special.
Pollinator Magic
April 9 - 2:00-4:00pm
Birds, bees, bats, butterflies - these animals have one of the most important jobs in nature!  We'll find out why pollinators are important and how to save them.
Fall Season:

Living Fossils
October 8 - 2:00-4:00pm
We'll meet some zoo animals with deep prehistoric roots - our very own "living fossils."
Animals on the Move
November 12 - 2:00-4:00pm
We'll explore high flyers, fast runners, deep swimmers and many more as we learn why animals move the way they do.
Fur, Glorious Fur! 
December 10 - 2:00-4:00pm
Celebrate mammals with some furry friends!  We'll discover the fun and function of fur and some other traits that make mammals so unique.
2016 Workshops for Ages 6-8 Date Status
Rainforest Tails February 13 CLOSED
Animal Armor March 12 CLOSED
Pollinator Magic April 9 CLOSED
Living Fossils October 8 FULL
Animals on the Move November 12 FULL
Fur, Glorious Fur! December 10 FULL
2016 Sessions for Ages 8-11
Download a 2016 Zoo Classes Registration Packet here!
If a session becomes full, please call the Education Department at (765) 807-1540 to be placed on the wait list.

Information about 2017 Education Programs will be available in late November 2016.  Check back for details!

2016 Workshops for Ages 8-11 Date Status
Up All Night February 20 CLOSED
What's Wild? March 19 CLOSED
Animals in Flight April 16 CLOSED
Nature's Makeovers October 15 OPEN
Animal Behavior Basics November 19  OPEN
Symbiosis Study December 17  OPEN   
Spring Season:
Up All Night
February 20 - 2:00-4:00pm
Come discover first-hand how creatures of the night make do in the dark.
What's Wild?
March 19 - 2:00-4:00pm
What separates the wolves and lions of the world from Fido and Fluffy?  We'll discover what it means to be wild!
Animals in Flight
April 16 - 2:00-4:00pm
A kid-friendly introduction to the physics of flight!  We'll also meet some of the Zoo's winged wonders.
Fall Season:
Nature's Makeovers
October 15 - 2:00-4:00pm
Mother Nature is always redecorating - even when it comes to animals!  Come explore how animals grow and change from first molts to metamorphosis - a wild adventure awaits!
Animal Behavior Basics
November 19 - 2:00-4:00pm
Do you ever act like an animal?  Our own behavior is not that different from what you see in the wild!  From social grooming to posturing, this workshop will explore a variety of animal behaviors.
Symbiosis Study 
December 17 - 2:00-4:00pm
Join us we learn about the ways different animal species relate to one another and explore the good, the bad and the ugly of animal relationships.
Questions?  Call the Zoo Education Department at (765) 807-1540.