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Black bear brothers, Smoky and Bubba

Bill Marquardt

Stone Zoo EdZOOcation Programs

Join us this fall for our EdZOOcation classes offered throughout October, November and December! Each 3- or 4-week session will focus on a different theme and children will get the opportunity to see animals up-close while learning all about them! These programs are offered to children from ages 7-10 (grades 1-4).

Taught by Zoo educators, classes include hands-on activities, discussion, animal encounters and behind-the-scenes experiences. Each program includes progressive program topics focused on teaching students about animals and their interactions within their ecosystems.

October: Our Favorite Cartoon Critters

Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25,  3:30-5:00 p.m.

$130 for members, $145 for non-members


October 4: Out on the Savanna

Lions, hyenas and baboons! There are so many amazing animals that are native to the plains of the African Savanna – let's take a closer look at how these animals really interact with one another.

October 11: Under the Sea

We don’t often talk about the creatures that live under the sea. We’ll take some time to highlight the incredible ecosystem in the ocean.

October 18: Across the Frozen Tundra

It’s hard to believe that there are some animals that can live where it's completely frozen. We’ll spend class today learning about the critters who live where it’s coldest.

October 25: Into the Jungle

The jungle is home to so many incredible species, some of the biggest and some of the smallest species, too! Let’s spend our last class together looking at how truly incredible the jungle is.

November: National Parks (Fall Edition)

November 1, 8, 15, & 29 (no class on 11/22), 3:30-5:00 p.m.

$130 for members, $145 for non-members


November 1: Acadia National Park

We’re starting our National Parks series in our own backyards! On the coast of Maine, near the most northeast part of the U.S. is a beautiful national park that's home to great hikes, views and activities.

November 8: Grand Teton National Park

We’re jetting across the country to northwest Wyoming to take a closer look at a national park in the beautiful city of Jackson Hole. This national park isn’t super easy to access, so let’s take a closer look from the comfort of our classroom!

November 15: Shenandoah National Park

Back to the east coast we go! We’re getting away from the Rocky Mountains and heading on over to the Smoky Mountains to look at a forest full of golden trees in the fall, which makes for a scenic lesson.

November 29: Zion National Park

The final stop on our national park fall series is taking us to one of the best national parks to visit in the fall. Zion canyon is made of giant sandstone walls, so the changing colors of the trees truly make this a fantastic final stop.

December: Animal Families

December 6, 13, & 20 (No class on 12/27), 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Price: $100 for members, $110 for non-members


December 6: Chimpanzees

Family relationships are vital to chimpanzees. Let’s learn about how these animals live in extended family groups of up to 20 individuals.

December 13: Elephants

Elephants have deep family bonds – their herd is led by the female head of the family, and families consists of up to 12 individuals. We'll have some bonding sessions of our own as we learn together about this magnificent species.

December 20: Lions

In our final class of December, we’re going to learn about the only big cat that likes to live as a family unit – the lions!

Class Size and Safety Information

Classes will be limited to 12 participants and held indoors, with certain activities and zoo walks  held outdoors. Parent/guardian and unregistered sibling/friend attendance is not permitted.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations may be made more than two weeks prior to the program and will receive a 75% refund
  • A transfer to a similar program may be possible if requested at least 48 hours in advance. A small fee will be charged for any change in your registration.
  • No refunds will be given to no-shows
  • To cancel or request a transfer please contact the Education Department at