Zoo Classes

Please Note: The Education Department offers two different types of classes. Tiny Explorers and Evening Safaris are family classes. In these two categories, children are expected to be accompanied by an adult. All other classes and camps (Junior Naturalist, Future Zoologist, and Wild Ranger), are for children only. Parents are not permitted to stay. The only exception to this rule is for children with special needs. Children with special needs are permitted to be accompanied by one adult. The Education Department must be notified before the day of the class that an adult will be accompanying a child with special needs. No adults will be permitted to stay without prior notification. If you feel your child will not be comfortable attending class without a parent, please sign up for an Evening Safari class. No refunds, transfers, credits, or vouchers will be given for cancellations with less than 48 hours’ notice. For more information on this policy, please contact the Educational Programs Manager at 574-235-9070.

Zoo Camps

Spring Break Camp

6-9 yrs old

Spring Break Camp

Your child will be entertained in this full-day  camp when they take their animal knowledge to the next level. This camp will build off of existing knowledge through animal meet and greets, games, crafts, and other activities.

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Junior Naturalist Summer Camp

5-6 yrs old

Junior Naturalist Summer Camp

A half-day summer camp designed to help introduce 5 & 6-year-olds to animals around the world. Whether meeting a live animal or getting messy while crafting, students are bound to have lots of fun!

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Future Zoologists Summer Camp

7-9 yrs old

Future Zoologists Summer Camp

Your student will be entertained in this full-day summer camp when they take their animal knowledge to the next level. This camp will build off of existing knowledge through animal meet and greets, games, crafts, and other activities.

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Wild Rangers Summer Camp

10-12 yrs old

Wild Rangers Summer Camp

Take learning to the next level with more advanced lessons and experiments during this full-day summer camp. Observe and interact with animals while learning about animal care, research, and conservation.

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Evening Safari: Family Programs

At our Evening Safaris, you and your family can explore the zoo after open hours, meet animal ambassadors, create enrichment, and learn about habitat conservation!  Each date will feature a different habitat and the animals that live there. Join us as we explore deserts, grasslands, rainforests, and tundras! 

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Cost: $6/participant (Members)
$8/participant (Non-Members)
Children under 2 get in for free

Dates: Sunday, May 12 &  Saturday, May 25 – Deserts Theme; Saturday, June 15 & Sunday, June 23 – Grasslands Theme;

Saturday, August 10 & Sunday, August 18  – Rainforests Theme; Saturday, September 14 & Sunday, September 22 – Tundras Theme

Registration for 2019 will be available soon! 

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Evening Safari: Family Programs

Our Evening Safari Programs are finished for the 2018 season. New classes will be posted in January 2019. 

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM (see the zoo after hours!)

Cost: $6/participant (Members)
$8/participant (Non-Members)
Children under 2 get in for free

Dates: Sunday, May 12 &  Saturday, May 25 – Deserts Theme

Saturday, June 15 & Sunday, June 23 – Grasslands Theme

Saturday, August 10 & Sunday, August 18  – Rainforests Theme

Saturday, September 14 & Sunday, September 22 – Tundras Theme

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Zoo To You

Let Potawatomi Zoo bring some of the Zoo to you with Zoo-to-You Outreach Program. The Potawatomi Zoo’s ZooMobile can travel to your location with edZOOcators and animals for a fun, educational experience!

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Zoo To You

Let Potawatomi Zoo bring some of the Zoo to you with Zoo-to-You Outreach Program. The Potawatomi Zoo’s ZooMobile can travel to your location with edZOOcators and animals for a fun and educational experience!

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Conservation Scouts

Conservation Scouts is a two-hour program that allows scouts to get involved with the Zoo and to talk about conservation. After completion of the program, each scout will be awarded a Potawatomi Zoo Conservation Scout patch!

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Conservation Scouts

The Conservation Scouts program allows scouts to get involved with the Zoo and wildlife conservation. After completion of the program, each scout will be awarded a Potawatomi Zoo Conservation Scout patch!

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Field Trips

Take learning beyond the classroom by visiting the Potawatomi Zoo for a fun-filled, edZOOcational field trip!

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Field Trips

Take learning beyond the classroom by visiting the Potawatomi Zoo for a fun-filled field trip! Add an EdZOOcational class to your trip for up-close encounters with zoo animal ambassadors. Call or e-mail the Education Department for more information on field trip classes: (574) 235-7621 or zooeducation@potawatomizoo.org. 

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Zoo Snooze Sleepover

At a Zoo Snooze Sleepover you can stay overnight with your favorite zoo animals! Experience the zoo when the sun goes down with  after-hours animal encounters, activities,behind -the-scenes, and more. Zoo Snooze Sleepovers are a great way to celebrate a special occasion, have a family reunion, or bond with your scout group! 

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Zoo Snooze Sleepover

At a Zoo Snooze Sleepover you can stay overnight with your favorite zoo animals! Experience the zoo when the sun goes down with  after-hours animal encounters, activities,behind -the-scenes, and more. Zoo Snooze Sleepovers are a great way to celebrate a special occasion, have a family reunion, or bond with your scout group! 

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