Family and Youth Programs
Zoofari Classes (Spring, Fall, and Winter Educational Classes)
Zoofari classes include the Sprouts Series for 3 & 4 year olds, the Kid’s Night Out programs for 4 to12 year olds and Spring Break Camp for students in Kindergarten thru 5th grade. Classes include up close animal demonstrations, zoo tours, games, crafts and much more. Zoofari Classes.
Animal Enrichment Series
Bring your family for an enriching day at the zoo! Discover how zookeepers keep our animals thinking and moving. Each class will make and deliver enrichment to a few animals and have a project for the kids to make and take home. Animal Enrichment Series.
Experience the zoo in a new ‘light.’ Bring your family, flashlight and a sense of adventure for this guided tour of the zoo as the sun goes down. Learn how to use your senses at night and how animals are adapted to life in the dark. Program includes animal encounters, hands-on activities for ages 5 years and up. Twilight Tours
See the zoo in a new light and have a fun-filled, nocturnal learning adventure! Come to the zoo after hours and enjoy a variety of activities – sneak a peak on a guided behind the scenes tour, get an up-close look at an animal demonstration, enjoy hands-on activities and even make a little something for the animals to eat the following morning. Overnight Adventures
Teen Volunteer Program
Summers are WILD for teen volunteers at JBZ. We look for teens who will be entering 9th - 12th grade in the Fall and who have a passion for carrying out the education and conservation mission of the Zoo. Through their experiences our teen volunteers gain knowledge and skills in a unique and rewarding environment.
Applications for the 2013 program are closed. Too see the Summer 2013 program brochure, please click here.
Summer 2014 information and brochure will be posted here in late winter of 2014.
If you would like more information on the program, please do not hesitate to email Jim Swarts,Volunteer Manager, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Summer Zoo Camp - Day/Overnight Camps
John Ball Zoo’s Summer Zoo Camp program is a unique, fun, hands-on learning experience for children, ages 3 years to those entering 9th grade! Each class follows its particular theme and uses a variety of methods to stimulate the learning process (role-playing, behind the scenes tours, games, stories, songs and more). Summer Zoo Camp
Self-Guided Tours and Scavenger Hunts
Click here to create a fun, interactive experience for you and your children by utilizing our self-guided tours and scavenger hunts.
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