Youth & Family Programs

Treat your kids to a wild learning experience!

Explore wildlife while participating in hands-on activities, tours, and animal encounters. We often go outside during programs so please dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required. For summer drop-off programs for ages 4-17, please visit our Summer Zoo Camps page. For programs for ages 2-3, please visit our Toddlers page.

Please register your children based on the age they will be the month of the class.

Winter Day Camps (Grades K-5)

Dates & Times:
Winter Zookeeper Camp for Grades K-2 (FULL)
Thr. Dec. 27 | 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Winter Zookeeper Camp for Grades 3-5 (spaces available)
Fri. Dec. 28 | 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
These will be offered again in April 2019.

Animal Fun & Games Camp for Grades K-5 (spaces available)
Mon. Feb. 18, 2019 | 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Cost: $40 Members | $45 Non-Members
Snacks provided. Campers will need to bring their own lunch.

Registration

Cub Club (Ages 4-5)

Cub Club is designed for pre-school age children who are able to be successful in group programs without parent involvement. Children will participate in games, interactive activities, role play and crafts. We will explore the zoo, read stories and meet many animal friends!

Dates & Times:
Please email Jessamy to be put on the waiting list for any of these classes.
Fri. Dec. 14, 2018 | 10 a.m. – 12 noon | Reptile Romp
This class is full.
Fri. Jan. 18, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 12 noon | Feathery Friends
This class is full.
Fri. Feb. 15, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 12 noon | Owl About Owls
This class is full.
Fri. March 29, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 12 noon | Monkeying Around
This class is full.
Fri. April 26, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 12 noon | Playful Prowlers
This class is full.

Fall/Spring Rates:
$13 Members | $15 Non-Members

Registration

Homeschool Classes

Please register your children based on the age they will be the month of the class.

Homeschool Explorers | Ages 6-10 | Theme: Animal Classification
Dive deep into the animal kingdom to discover why and how scientists classify living things. Each class will focus on a different animal group. All classes include touring the zoo, hands-on activities, and animal encounters.

Dates & Times:
Mon. Dec. 10, 2018 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. | Snakes & Lizards
This class is full.
Mon. Jan. 14, 2019 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. | Birds
Thr. Jan. 31, 2019 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. | Birds
Mon. Feb. 11, 2019 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. | Raptors
Thr. Feb. 28, 2019 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. | Raptors
Mon. March 11, 2019 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. | Primates
This class is full.
Thr. March 28, 2019 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. | Primates
Mon. April 8, 2019 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. | Big Cats
Thr. April 25, 2019 | 1:00-3:00 p.m. | Big Cats

If a class is full, you may email or call Jessamy to be put on the waiting list: 218-730-4500 ext. 205.

Homeschool Adventurers | Ages 11-17 | Learn about zoo keeping and animal conservation by participating in the care of zoo animals. Students will get to know a different species every session, learn about its care, and spend the rest of class helping out the zookeepers.

Dates & Times:
Please email Jessamy to be put on the waiting list for any of these classes.
Thr. Dec. 13, 2018 | 1:00-3:00 p.m.
This class is full.
Thr. Jan. 10, 2019 | 1:00-3:00 p.m.
This class is full.
Thr. Feb. 7, 2019 | 1:00-3:00 p.m.
This class is full.
Thr. March 7, 2019 | 1:00-3:00 p.m.
This class is full.
Thr. April 4, 2019 | 1:00-3:00 p.m.
This class is full.

Cost:
$13 Members | $15 Non-Members

Registration

Fins & Fur Animal Care Camp (Ages 8-11)

Spend two days over school break taking an active role in animal care at both Great Lakes Aquarium and Lake Superior Zoo! Learn what it takes to keep animals healthy and active. Go behind the scenes to prepare meals, clean exhibits, test water quality, observe animal training and more! Campers will need to provide their own lunch and snacks.

Dates & Times:
Mon. March 25, 2019 at Zoo | 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tues. March 26, 2019 at Aquarium | 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Cost for both days: $79 Members | $94 Non-Members

Please address questions about registration to Emily at Great Lakes Aquarium: ewartman@glaquarium.org or 218-740-2000.

Registration

Zookeeper Job Shadowing (Ages 13-17)

Wonder what it’s like to work with animals? Spend a morning not just job shadowing but actually helping behind the scenes at the zoo. Prepare animal diets, make animal enrichments, tour our veterinary clinic, watch animal training and more!

This program can be scheduled upon request. If you have 2-4 teens interested, please contact Jessamy about scheduling a morning that works best: 218-730-4500 ext. 205 or jschwartz@lszoo.org. Groups of 5 or more teens should inquire about our Zoo Careers: Behind the Scenes program.

Cost: $30 per person (includes zoo admission). Minimum of 2 people.