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AMBASSADOR ANIMAL PROGRAMS

 

Thank you for your interest in our Up CLOSE Ambassador Animal Program. Unfortunately, this program is now on HOLD and will not be accepting registrations at this time.  

 

Up CLOSE is Woodland Park Zoo’s ambassador animal outreach program. Designed for various age groups, Up CLOSE offers programming to schools, non-profits, community organizations, corporations, and businesses. These engaging programs are designed to bring the zoo to you, get participants excited about the natural world, and build empathy towards animals.

 

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Little Critters

Ages: Preschool - Kindergarten
Participants: 20 minimum; 60 maximum per program
Time: 30-45 minutes per program
Location: Indoors only

Stories about animals speak to the minds and hearts of young children in a way nothing else can. Your youngest students will learn simple science facts, gain interest in literacy, and build empathy for animals with the help of zoo staff and a special animal guest in this fun, story-based program!

 

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Animal Body Coverings

Ages: Preschool - 4th 
Participants: 20 minimum; 60 maximum per program
Time: 30 - 45 minutes per program
Location: Indoors Only

Why do animals look so different from one another? How do those differences help them survive? We’ll learn about animal adaptations through some of their most visible characteristics. You will get the chance to see and touch interesting animal artifacts, and even get to meet a zoo ambassador animal to see their adaptations in action!

 

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Legend of Dragons

Ages: Preschool - 6th 
Participants: 20 minimum; 60 maximum per program
Time: 30 - 45 minutes per program
Location: Indoors Only

When you imagine a dragon, what do you see? People from different cultures imagine dragons in a variety of ways—not surprising, considering the diversity of animals around the world stories can be based on! We will explore the unique and fascinating lives of reptiles, then meet a zoo ambassador animal who knows firsthand what it’s like to be a dragon.

 

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Ecosystem Explorers

Ages: 3rd - 8th 
Participants: 20 minimum; 60 maximum per program
Time: 60 minutes per program
Location: Indoors Only

Our earth offers a mind-boggling variety of places to live, from dusty deserts to steamy tropical forests to everything else in between. All these ecosystems are home to many different species—including ourselves! We’ll meet a Woodland Park Zoo ambassador animal (or maybe two!) who will help teach us the important parts of a thriving ecosystem, as well as a little about how the zoo is helping keep wildlife populations strong and healthy both here in Washington and around the world. 

 

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Living and Thriving

Ages: 3rd - 5th
Participants: varies per visit of the 3 visits in the series
Time: 50 minutes per program
Location: Indoor Only

Have you ever wondered what animals think and feel? We do, too! This is a Multi-Visit opportunity to learn directly from animal keepers about how to observe animals so that we can better understand them and care for them. In three visits from Woodland Park Zoo staff, students will be guided through a progression of activities which are designed to develop their observation skills and empathy for animals. These lessons focus on wants and needs and how animals, like us, deserve to not just survive, but thrive!

 

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Care for Animals

Ages: 3rd - Adult
Participants: 20 minimum; 100 maximum per program
Time: 50 minutes per program
Location: Indoors Only

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to go to work to care for animals at the zoo? Woodland Park Zoo’s animal keepers have to be animal experts, but they also help each and every animal thrive by getting to really know the personalities and preferences for each animal in their care. Learn directly from animal keepers about how all of us can help the animals who live with us and near us thrive on a daily basis!

*Same program in same location, starting within 90 minutes of the start time of the first program
**Or a comparable level of scholarship per OSPI

 

UP CLOSE EVENTS

 

Thank you for your interest in our Up CLOSE Ambassador Animal Program. Unfortunately, this program is now on HOLD and will not be accepting registrations at this time.  

 

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Up CLOSE at your Event!

Ages: All Ages
Time: Up to 4 hours
Location: Outdoors or Indoors

Bring the zoo to your community, school, or corporate event! We can provide experiences to fit your event, including rotating Ambassador Animals, and engaging, family-friendly activities.

*Same program in same location, starting within 90 minutes of the start time of the first program
**Or a comparable level of scholarship per OSPI

 

INFORMATION

 

Thank you for your interest in our Up CLOSE Ambassador Animal Program. Unfortunately, this program is now on HOLD and will not be accepting registrations at this time.  


Cancellation Policy

For Up CLOSE programs three (3) weeks notice of cancellation is required for a credit or refund. Three (3) weeks notice is also required for change of program date. Final payment for your group must be received by the zoo a minimum of three (3) weeks prior to your Up CLOSE date.

Inclement Weather Policy

If Woodland Park Zoo is closed due to inclement weather, all programs scheduled that day will automatically be cancelled. If your program has been cancelled due to this policy, you will be contacted and able to choose to reschedule or receive a full refund.

 

Contact

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

WE'RE OPEN!
The zoo will close early at 2:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 26, 2020.