Zoo School (Virtual Program)

NEW for 2021!

Learn about animals the fun way, and from the comfort of your own home!  Our professional zoo educators will take your child on an interactive, virtual learning adventure featuring some of our amazing Animal Ambassadors. Downloadable extension activities included. Recommended for ages 7-11. Advance registration and internet access required.

Duration: 45-60 minutes  

Fees: $10 Non-Members/$8.50 Members, per session (per device)

2021 Zoo School Dates - all sessions begin at 10:00am

Dates Class Title Status
January 30 Winter Wildlife OPEN
February 20 Love is in the Air OPEN
March 20 EGGsplorations OPEN
April 17 Animal Architects OPEN
May 15 Marvelous Mimicry OPEN

Visit our online registration portal through Tyler Parks and Recreation (TPAR) to browse program listings, read descriptions, register, or join a wait list.

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Interested in becoming a member?  Please note Zoo Memberships are not sold through the same online registration portal used for education programs, but can be purchased as a separate transaction through our website.  Click here for more info or to join today!

New Membership orders are processed as quickly as possible, but there may be a delay of 7-10 business days before the TPAR online registration portal reflects your Member discounts on class and camp registrations.

Questions?  Contact the Zoo Education Department at:

Phone: (765) 807-1540

Email: zooeducation@lafayette.in.gov

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I'm registered!  How do I join the class?

A:  Check your electronic receipt for the link to the online session.

Q: What platform do you use and do I need an account?

A: We are using Zoom as a virtual programs platform.  You do not need a Zoom account to join a Zoo-hosted program.  However, depending on your mobile device, you may need to have the Zoom app installed.

Q:  I have two children - do I need to register them separately?

A: Your registration fee is per device. If both kids can share the computer screen you need not register them both!

Q:  I have a child that is a different age than specified - can they participate?

A:  While only children in the defined age range may register for the class, older or younger siblings may watch along if you wish!

Q: Will my child and home be viewable by other participants?

A: When you join the meeting, your microphone will be muted.  You will also have the option to join with video, or not.  We love to see your children's smiling faces, but you can choose to watch only, if you prefer.

Q:  Do I need to gather any supplies before class?

A:  The class is designed for your child to participate without any special supplies needed.  However, we recommend having some paper and a writing utensil handy.  The extension activities may require some common household supplies to complete, but can be done on your schedule, and are completely optional.

Q: How do I get the downloadable extension activities?

A: After the class concludes you will receive an email from zooeducation@lafayette.in.gov with links to the downloadable extension activities.

Q: Oh no!  I can't make the session after all.  Can I get a refund?

A: All registrations for Zoo School are final, so no refunds are available.  But contact us at zooeducation@lafayette.in.gov and we'll send you a link to the recording of the session!