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HOMESCHOOL GROUPS

 

Self-Guided Visits

Homeschool groups are welcome to come to the zoo for self-guided field trips any time of the year.  By registering three weeks in advance, homeschools can qualify for the reduced admission school rate.

Homeschool Days

Each fall Woodland Park Zoo offers Homeschool Days opportunities.  Homeschool students and parents are invited to the zoo for a day of hands-on workshops and activities. There are self-directed discovery stations, structured learning opportunities for various ages, and self-guided exploration of zoo grounds.

 

 

 

2015 Homeschool Days: Forests of the World

Friday October 23, Wednesday October 28, and Friday November 6 (registration closes at 10 p.m. on November 5)

Join us for a day at Woodland Park Zoo exploring the diverse forests all around the globe. From the temperate forests of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical rainforests of southeast Asia, we will build upon students' natural curiosity about forest animals and their unique habitats. 

Specific programs offered for Homeschool Days are listed here; each day has the same schedule so please register for only one date to attend. Registration is free and entitles you to a discounted entry fee of $6.50 per person at the gate if you bring your registration confirmation. Zoo members are welcome to participate in this free event but we do ask that you register in advance.
There are also many activities that happen daily at the zoo. To see those, visit Daily Activities. Before you attend, please take a moment to plan your time at the zoo as some programs happen simultaneously.

9:30-12:00   Exploration Tables - Education Center classroom
(All ages)
Interact with zoo naturalists to learn all about forests of the world and the exciting animals who live there!

10:00-2:00   Discovery Carts - Zoo Grounds
(All ages)
Visit animal exhibits around the zoo and talk with docents about what makes these animals uniquely adapted for surviving in forests around the world!

10:30-11:00  Animal Presentation - Education Center Auditorium
(All ages)
Join one of our zoo naturalists and a special forest animal to discover its unique adaptations!

10:30-11:00  Creature Feature - Zoomazium
(Ages 0-8)
Children can get up close with live animals. Meet the star from a puppet story or practice observation skills to discover who’s in the mystery box.

11:30-12:00    Animal Presentation - Education Center Auditorium
(All ages)
Join one of our zoo naturalists and a special forest animal to discover its unique adaptations!

12:30-1:00  Creature Feature - Zoomazium
(Ages 0-8)
Children can get up close with live animals. Meet the star from a puppet story or practice observation skills to discover who’s in the mystery box.

12:30-2:30    Animal Inquiry & Observation - Banyan Wilds Exhibit 
(All ages)
Join us at the Banyan Wilds exhibit to participate in an inquiry investigation. Young students will help us answer a question by making observations like zoo naturalists do and older students will practice being scientists by asking their own question and collecting data to answer that question.

1:00-3:00      Nature Exchange - Zoomazium
(Ages 6-12)
Come and learn about incorporating Nature Exchange into your curriculum!  Nature Exchange is Woodland Park Zoo's own special kind of "swap shop" where you can bring in the natural things you find and trade them for things in our collection--shells, rocks, fossils, pine cones and lots of other cool stuff!

OTHER PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES

Homeschool groups are welcome to participate in ZEST (Zoo Experiences for Students and Teachers) docent-guided programs.

ZEST programs are available late September through April. We request a minimum of ten students spanning no more than three grade levels for homeschool participation in these programs.

QUESTIONS?

Before coming to Homeschool Days at the zoo, please check out our FAQ page.

CONTACT

If you cannot find the answers to your questions or need additional help please contact the Group Registration Specialist at 206.548.2424 x2 or send an email

 
 

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