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 $55 per classroom. 


COVID-19 Guidelines: John Ball Zoo requires all program participants to wear a mask while in an indoor setting. This includes students, teachers, and parent chaperones.  


Please direct questions to or 616-336-4302

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