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Zoo tots and Homeschool

No matter the age, we have the class!
From Zoo Tots to Homeschool, check out what the Zoo has to offer.


Zoo Tots

Grab your tot and head to the Zoo for this 60 minute class. Let us help introduce your little one to the animal world. With up-close animal encounters, crafts and a story the Zoo will make the animal world come alive!
This year we are going to have fun with the alphabet, working our way from A-Zoo with animals. Join us each month as we look at a new letter!

Designed for children ages 2-4
Second Thursday or Saturday from 9:30-10:30 (classes are the same on either day but topics are different each month)

April & September-October:  Zoo Members $6
                                          Non-Zoo Members $12 (admission into the Zoo is included)
November-March:  Zoo Members $6
                           Non-Zoo Members $8 (the Zoo is closed, no admission after class)

We do require payment in advance, you can pay for programs by credit card over the phone, mailing in a check or stopping by the Zoo to pay.

Date Topic
Thursday, September 10 or Saturday, September 12 The letter A, from alligators to armadillos
Thursday, October 8 or Saturday, October 10 The letter B, from birds to binturongs
Thursday, November 12 or Saturday, November 14   The letter C, from cockroaches to colobus monkeys
Thursday, December 10 or Saturday, December 12 The letter D, from ducks to dogs
Thursday, January 7 or Saturday, January 9 The letter E, from elk to eclectus parrots
Thursday, February 11 or Saturday, February 13 The letter F, from fox to frogs
Thursday, March 10 or Saturday, March 12 The letter G, from giraffes to goats
Thursday, April 14 or Saturday, April 16 The letter H, from hyrax to hogs

Please call 309-799-3482 ext 222 or email for any questions or to register.

Register for class now!

Monthly Home School Programs 

This 2 hour class will help bring science to life for your homeschool children! From meeting animals up-close to science experiments to tours of the Zoo, we'll do it all!
Each month is a different topic and is designed for ages 5-12 (children must be at least 5 years old to attend the class).
Parents may attend but will be charged.
Classes run from 9:30-11:30.
Registration is required and class size is limited to 25 participants.

September-October & April:  Zoo Members $7
                                          Non-Zoo Members $14 (includes Zoo Admission)
November-March: Zoo Members $7
                          Non-Zoo Members $10 (Zoo is closed, no admission after class)

We do require payment in advance, you can pay for programs by credit card over the phone, mailing in a check or stopping by the Zoo to pay.

Date Topic
September 9 Down on the Farm- From sheep to chickens, let's look at different animals that you can find on the farm.
October 14 Snakes Alive!- Love them or not, snakes are amazing animals. Join us as we look closer at what makes snakes so special.
November 11 Art and the Animal- We'll get a chance to learn about animals as well as draw a few!
December 9 Snow leopards- As it starts to get colder, let's take a closer look at what makes these animals special and what we can do to help them!
January 13 Grossology- Let's explore all of the things that make us go eeww!
February 10 Enrichment- From papier mache to perfume ads, learn all about the different ways we keep the animals interested in what's going on around them!
March 9 Metamorphosis- From butterflies to frogs, let's look at animals who change as they grow and why they do it.
April 13 Birds- What makes these animals so unique? From beaks to feathers to feet, we'll discover what makes these animals so amazing!

Please feel free to call 309-799-3482 ext 222 or email with any questions or to register.

Register for class now.


Zoo Snooze

Don't miss a chance to experience the Zoo in a whole new way by spending the night here!
This amazing program gives you and your group a once in a lifetime experience to discover the Zoo at night, meet animals up close and so much more.
Your adventure begins at 7:00 pm and finishes at 9:00 am the following morning and a snack and light breakfast are included.

Minimum of 20 people required to book a zoo snooze

Must be age 5 and up to participate, at least 1 adult chaperone for every 5 children required

$40/person ($35 for Zoo members)

If you have any questions, please call 309-799-3482 ext 222. You can register over the phone or by clicking on the link below.

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Can't come to the Zoo? Let the Zoo come to you!

Through our Outreach Education Program, zookeepers will bring a variety of Zoo animals to your group's meeting or facility and deliver a program about the animals. Niabi Zoo's role in animal conservation is also presented. 

Please fill out the form below with your request. A fee is charged in order to support our education programming.

*Date Requested:
*Time Requested:
  Programs must be scheduled four weeks in advance.    
*Name of venue:
*Address of venue:
*Contact Name:
*Contact Phone:
We request that you provide a parking spot as close to the door as possible.
Where can our zookeeper park?
What door should the zookeeper enter through with the animals?
*Approx. how many people do you expect?
About what age?
*Security Code:
= five + nine

We request that you have a large table (8 foot rectangular) set up when we arrive.
If you think a PA system will be necessary, please have one available.

Once we receive the registration form, a confirmation will be emailed to you. Your event is not considered scheduled until you have received confirmation.

Outreach Education Request PDF Form

Please call 309-799-3482 ext 222 if you have any questions!