Each Nature's Newbies class will engage you and your child in free-choice play activities, a story, song, and more! Programs will also feature a positive and engaging interaction with one of the Zoo's animal ambassadors to allow for an up-close encounter during each class. This class is heavily reliant on caregiver/child interaction.
Programs are open to children ages 1-3 plus ONE adult (parent/guardian). Programs are 45-minutes long and take place outside in a shaded, grassy area by the new portables located at the south end of the Zoo’s main parking lot. Please dress your child accordingly. In the event of inclement weather, classes will be moved inside. You do not need to enter the Zoo in order to enter the portable campus.
**To provide the best possible experience for all participants, only those registered may attend the program (each registered child includes one adult). Due to space limitations, we will not be able to accommodate strollers inside of the classroom or additional children/adults as there is limited space in the room. Strollers may be parked outside of the room if needed. If at any time the designated adult is unable to attend a program, another adult may attend in his/her place.
Registration for all programs will be processed online on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not take registrations over the telephone. Class size is limited to the first 6 children who apply.
Deadline for registration each week is 8 a.m. the Friday before scheduled classes.
Prior to registration please note the following:
Each participant, including children, must have a signed a COVID19 waiver.
All Zoo staff and volunteers are required to wear face masks. For the well-being of you and your child(ren), and the safety of others, all adult participants are required to wear cloth or disposable face masks for the duration of the class.
Classes for the following month will be on sale the first Tuesday of that month at 10:00 AM (October 6th and November 3rd)
If your child is 3, Zoo Tots may be a better fit. If you have questions regarding the differences between the programs, please fill out the form below.