Homeschool Programs

Homeschool ZOOventure Programs

2017-2018 programs now available!

Students in ZooLab science classroom looking at animals photo

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is offering  ZOOventure classes and day camp programs targeted to homeschool students. The students will be inspired and challenged as they experience our living classroom for these interactive programs. Limited class size allows for personal attention and up close wildlife encounters. Homeschool family workshops are for children of all ages!


 

 

 

Registration Information:

Two cheetahs

Homeschool ZOOventure Classes:
Ages 5-8 / 9-13

Students must be registered in their corresponding age group. Classes are drop off and pick up. Parents are provided with a complete program itinerary.

Homeschool Family Workshops: For all ages. 

Reservations:  Registration is required at least one week in advance. Program size is limited. Registration is available online or call 407.323.4450 ext. 123 or email education@centralfloridazoo.org. Classes are subject to cancellation if minimum number of students is not met one week prior to program date.

Note:  Children attending the same homeschool program or day camp must be registered separately. 

New Central Florida Annual Pass Holders :  Please enter "New" in the annual pass number box when filling in the online registration form.


 

Homeschool ZOOventure Classes

Age: 5-8
Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Cost: Annual Pass Holders $15 per child
         Non Pass Holders $18 per child

Fabulous Felines
Tues. Sept. 12, 2017

So you think all wild cats are big? Get ready to discover how powerful small cats can be!

Sssslithering Snakes
Tues. Oct. 10, 2017

Let’ssss find out if these legless creepers are really as scary as their reputation sayssss. 

Out Back Safari
Tues. Nov. 14, 2017

There’s a whole big world right outside waiting for you to explore! Discover the wild side of wildlife right here in Florida as we travel out our back doors

Nocturnal Navigators
Tues. Dec. 12, 2017

Wow, it’s dark out there! While focusing on the five senses, students will learn just what goes bump…chirp…squeak…grrrr in the night. 

Chain Reaction
Tues. Jan. 9, 2018

What links cheetahs, otters and great horned owls? Follow the food chain to discover who eats what in an ecosystem. 

Adventures in Science
Tues. Feb. 13, 2018

Biology, zoology, ecology, so many ‘ology’s! Find out what it’s like to be a scientist and what each of the natural scientists study. 

How to Hide a Crocodile
Tues. Mar. 13, 2018

Discover how animals “disappear” in the wild. Learn how they use their camouflage skills to hunt and hide.

That’s My Baby!
Tues. Apr. 10, 2018

Are all mommies and daddies the same? Let’s see how animal parents care for their young, or not care about them at all! 

Inquiring Minds Want to Know
Tues. May 8, 2018

Students rotate through different natural science stations as they explore some of nature’s animal mysteries up close.

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Homeschool ZOOventure Classes

Age: 9-13
Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Cost: Annual Pass Holders $15 per child
          Non Pass Holders $18 per child

Animal Architects
Tues. Sept. 12, 2017

Animal homes range from simple to extreme. From honey combs, to bird nests, tunnels to tree tops, let’s explore and discover some incredible animal architecture. 

Wild Weather Wonders
Tues. Oct. 10, 2017

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the animals are…? As we study weather facts we will learn what animals do to weather the storm. 

Zoo 101
Tues. Nov. 14, 2017

Who works at a Zoo and what do they do?  Check out what goes on behind-the-scenes as we take a look at what it takes to run a Zoo.  

We Like to Move It Move It
Tues. Dec. 12, 2017

We’re moving and grooving on our way to meet animals from the island of Madagascar! How do real life animals compare to those in the movie? Join us to find out!

Inquiring Minds Want to Know
Tues. Jan. 9, 2018

Students rotate through different natural science stations as they explore some of nature’s animal mysteries up close.

Species Discovery
Tues. Feb. 13, 2018

Explore newly discovered animal species using classification key activities, variations and biodiversity.

Wildlife Rehabilitation
Tues. Mar. 13, 2018

What should you do if you find an injured animal? Who takes care of these animals? It’s wildlife specialists to the rescue! 

Abracadabra!
Tues. Apr. 10, 2018

Discover the magical things that animals can do! What makes a firefly glow? How does a caterpillar become a butterfly? Join us for magical mysteries of the animal world.

Big Cats
Tues. May 8, 2018

They roam, run, pounce, and sometimes ROAR…explore the world of the big cats! 

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Homeschool Family Workshops

Age: All ages
Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Cost: Annual Pass Holders $20 per family
         Non Pass Holders $25 per family
Zoo admission separate and not required to attend.

Turtle Power!                                     
Wed. Sept. 20, 2017

Turtles are everywhere, from the land to the sea! In this up-close presentation of turtles and tortoises, we’ll explore where they live, what they eat, how they survive, and much more! Discover why some turtles are endangered and what we can do to help. It’s turtle power to the rescue, but the turtles still need you!

Introduction to Zoo Keeping          
Wed. Nov. 15, 2017

So, you want to be a Zoo Keeper? Join us to discover what it takes to care for animals at the zoo. Whatever the weather, Zoo Keepers are on duty and it’s a big job! How does it start? Where do you begin? We’ll be going station to station in this exciting look at Zoo Keeping 101!

Growing Up Wild                            
Wed. Feb. 21, 2018

Discover animal families large and small! From eggs to alligators, tadpoles to bullfrogs, learn about growing up wild in this fascinating look at baby animals and their parents.

Jungle to Jungle                              
Wed. Apr. 18, 2018
The call has gone out…jungle to jungle. The animals are in trouble and they need your help! It’s time to jump into action as we work to save threatened and endangered species around the world. It’s a walk on the wild side and the animals are depending on you!

Interested in bringing a group to the Zoo? Be sure to check out the wide variety of animal encounter programs or schedule a tour of the Zoo. 

Hawk with wings spread photo

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