John Ball Zoo

Wild Encounters

Come visit the zoo and learn about wildlife with our zoo education staff in a live animal presentation. Our 30-45 minute Wild Encounter presentations are designed to teach students about one of our core education topics through a hands-on animal encounter in a classroom setting. These classes are for students ages pre-K through adults and are for groups of up to 30 students and up to 6 adults (classes for pre-K through Kindergarten students are limited to 20 students). Wild Encounters are $45 per classroom. 

Teachers - please do not register separately for the School Group Discount. By returning the registration form below for the Wild Encounter your group will automatically be registered for the School Group Discount. Advance registration is required so please return the registration form as soon as possible.  

COVID-19 Guidelines: As a facility providing educational programs, John Ball Zoo is required to follow the KCHD PHO mask mandate. Any pre-K through 6th grade school or community group participating in a program with John Ball Zoo is required to mask while in an indoor setting. The mask order includes staff, volunteer chaperones, and students. Schools visiting John Ball Zoo, regardless of county of origin, are required to follow the KCHD mandate. There will also be no mammals used in programs until further notice.        

Please direct questions to or 616-336-4302

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