Zookeeping Kids

*New for 2019-2020*

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Classes are designed to inspire the next generation of zookeepers! Students (3rd-5th graders) will experience what it is like to work at the zoo through games, activities, experiments, chats with zoo keepers, and up close animal encounters. Program length is 1 hr 30 min. 

Program Times
  • 3rd-5th Grade- 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm
Individual Program Prices
  • Members: $20.00 (1 participant)
  • Non-Members: $30.00 (1 participant)
Bundle Program Prices
Bundles are (Sept-May), (Sept-Nov), (Dec-Feb), (Jan-May)

  • 3 Month Bundle- Members: $51 (1 participant)
  • 3 Month Bundle- Non-Members: $81 (1 participant)
  • 9 Month Bundle- Members: $150 (1 participant)
  • 9 Month Bundle- Non-Members: $240 (1 participant)
3 Month Bundle- Members: $51 (1 participant)
Young Girl sitting in a window, watching an amur leopard investigate a cardboard box.

Program Topics and Dates

Zookeeping 101: A Day in the Life Part 1

This edition of Zookeeping Kids is part two of day in the life of a zookeeper! During this class, we will start with our morning meeting, clean an exhibit, feed an animal, and meet a few zoo friends in the classroom. 

  • September 14, 2019

Zookeeping 101: Animal Training

The zookeeper here at the Greenville Zoo wear many hats, including that of animal training. This class will explore how and why we train the animals in our care, as well as best practices for working with exotic (non-pet) animals. 

  • October 12, 2019

Zookeeping 101: Animal Nutrition

The zookeepers here at the Greenville Zoo wear many hats, including that of chef. During this class we will design, prepare, and feed out some animal diets at the Greenville Zoo. 

  • November 16, 2019

Zookeeping 101: Animal Enrichment

Life at the zoo should be fun, especially for the animals! During this class, we will discuss how we keep animals mentally healthy, make fun items for the animals to explore, and meet animal visitors up close in the classroom.

  • December 14, 2019

Vet Care 101: A Day in the Life of a Zoo Veterinarian

Think you'd like to be a zoo veterinarian someday? This program walks through a day in the life of a veterinarian- including animal exams, x-rays, and scientific experiments. 

  • January 18, 2020

Zoo Management 101: Exhibit Design

It's not just animals that make a zoo, it's their exhibits too! This class will explore the best practices for exhibit design: animal needs, keeper safety and access, and visitor needs. 

  • February 15, 2020

Zoo Management 101: Animal, Keeper, & Visitor Safety

When life is a zoo, safety is always first. During this program we will play games, do experiments, and meet animals friends to discover the many ways we stay safe here at the Greenville Zoo.  

  • March 14, 2020

Zoo Management 101: Conservation Engagement

During this class, we will go on a scavenger hunt, participate in citizen science, and meet animal friends all in the name of conservation. Join us as we discuss the importance of conservation at the Greenville Zoo. 

  • April 11, 2020

Zookeeping 101: A Day in the Life Part 2 

This edition of Zookeeping Kids is part two of day in the life of a zookeeper! During this class, we will clean exhibits, feed animals, make animal enrichment, learn about animal training, and even meet a couple of animal friends in the classroom. 

  • May 16, 2020