Homeschool Programs

Homeschool Days at the Zoo Logo

Our homeschool programs offer lively, hands-on classes that are sure to engage students as they learn. Classes often include experiments, animal encounters, and educational games.  This fall home school programs will be offered both in-person with small groups in our outdoor classroom, or virtual in the comfort of your home. Which ever way you participate, your student is sure to be engaged and enriched!

Register Now! 

Call the Education Department to register by phone at (864) 467-4850.

Option 1: In-person Weekly Programs on Tuesdays or Wednesdays (scroll down for Option 2: Virtual programming)

  • $35 for members; $40 for non-members per monthly unit 
  • Four weekly programs included in registration, 60 minute each program
    • K5-2nd Grade at 9:00am-10:00am
    • 3rd-5th Grade at 11:00am-12:00pm
    • 6th-8th Grade at 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Small class sizes
  • Outdoor classrooms
  • Individual work spaces and supplies
  • Facemasks required 

Scroll down for program dates and descriptions

What steps are we taking to ensure your child’s safety?

In additional to amplified cleaning practices, and daily employee health screening, our practices have been modified to keep your children safe. 

  • Classes conducted in person will take place in our outdoor classroom areas. Outdoor classrooms are shaded and separated from the public. To ensure social distancing, class sizes will be kept to 10 students. Students will have individual work spaces for themselves and their siblings if applicable. Class supplies will be allocated each month for individual students, to allow for singular use. In between classes, instructors will conduct a thorough cleaning of all work spaces. 
  • Parents will drop off and pick up students at the front gate for class. If a parent would like to walk their student up to the classroom, or enjoy the zoo during class time, a pre-purchased, or reserved for members, ticket is required. In compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order, masks are required to be worn at the zoo.  ­
  • In case of light rain, the outdoor classrooms are covered. Please dress students in weather appropriate attire and close-toed shoes. In the case of inclement weather, classes will be moved to a safe shelter that still allows for social distancing. Classes will only be cancelled and prorated if the zoo is required to close to the public.

Option 2: Virtual Weekly Programs on Thursdays

  • $15 for members; $20 for non-members per monthly unit
  • Four weekly programs included in registration; 30-40 minutes each Thursday of the month.
    • K5-2nd Grade at 9:00am
    • 3rd-5th Grade at 10:00am
    • 6th-8th Grade at 11:00am
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Virtual from your home
  • Optional supply kit available for purchase for $20 each month, but not required.

Fall Semester Monthly Units

When registering for homeschool programs, participants register for a monthly unit which includes 4 programs. Registrations cannot be pro-rated for missed or absent dates. Classrooms are outside, covered shelters. Programs operate rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, appropriate alternatives will be utilized.

September – Wetland Wonders

Wetlands have a huge part to play in environmental health. Learn how animals and people alike depend on these diverse habitats and meet some animal friends along the way.

October – Animal Senses

Animals use many senses to understand the world around them. Join us as we discover the similarities and differences between human and animal senses. 

November – Secrets of Survival

Explore the secrets of survival. Defense strategies such as camouflage, mimicry, and behavior are introduced along with the familiar methods of defense like shells, spikes, poison, and venom. 

December – Animal Ambassadors

Animals show up in stories, art, music, dance, and so many more places throughout our lives. Join us as we discover how animals show up in different cultures around the world.

In-Person Tuesday or Wednesday

Classes on Tuesdays, December 1st, December 8th, December 15th, and December 22nd  

Or, Classes on Wednesday, December 2nd, December 9th, December 16th, and December 23rd    

Virtual

Classes on Tuesdays, December 1st, December 8th, December 15th, and December 22nd  Thursday classes in December will be conducted on Tuesdays. 

Spring Semester Monthly Units

When registering for homeschool programs, participants register for a monthly unit which includes 4 programs, except for February, which includes only 2 programs at a discounted rate. Registrations cannot be pro-rated for missed or absent dates. Classrooms are outside, covered shelters. Programs operate rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, appropriate alternatives will be utilized.

Call the Education Department at (864) 467-4850 to Register. 

January – Habitat Discoveries

Each week students explore a new corner of the globe and the unique places that animals call home.

In-Person Tuesday or Wednesday 

Classes on Tuesday, January 5th, January 12th, January 19th, and January 26th 

Or, Classes on Wednesday, January 6th, January 13th, January 20th, and January 27th

Virtual Thursday

Classes on Thursday, January 7th, January 14th, January 21st, and January 28th

February – Zoo Careers 

Discounted to be 1/2 off for two weeks instead of four due to the Zoo's annual two week closing.

Step into the roles of our team and learn about the different careers found within a modern zoo.

In-Person Tuesday or Wednesday

Classes on Tuesday, February 16th, and February 23rd 

Or, Classes on Tuesday, February 17th, and February 24th 

Virtual Thursday 

Classes on Thursday, February 18th, and February 25th 

March – Green Kingdom 

Plants and animals are connected in many ways. Learn about the world of plants and the animals that they influence.  

In-Person Tuesday or Wednesday

Classes on Tuesday, March 2nd, March 9th, March 16th, and March 23rd, NO CLASS MARCH 30th

Or, Classes on Wednesday, March 3rd, March 10th, March 17th, and March 24th, NO CLASS MARCH 31st   

Virtual Thursday 

Classes on Thursday, March 4th, March 11th, March 18th, and March 25th

April – Animal Classification

Scientists have categorized animals into different groups to better explain their traits. Each week students will unpack the traits of the critters that make up the animal kingdom.

Classes on Tuesday, April 6th, April 13th, April 20th, and April 27th 

Or, Wednesday, April 7th, April 14th, April 21st, and April 28th 

Virtual Thursday 

Classes on Thursday, April 8th, April 15th, April 22nd, and April 29th (NO CLASS APRIL 1st)