John Ball Zoo

Sprouts Series

Sprouts Series are for the youngest zoo enthusiast. These classes are designed for the child only and offer a fun, enriching learning environment where 3 and 4 year olds can explore the animal world. Class sizes are strictly limited to provide a safe and fun learning environment. Student to teacher ratios are 5:1. **All children must be completely self-sufficient in the bathroom. Diapers and pull-ups are not permitted. 

$20/Member/class  $22/Non-Member/class  Thursdays & Fridays, 9:00am-11:30am


COVID-19 Safety Guidelines (policy may change as state guidelines change): Children are required to wear masks in all indoor areas. Children are not required to wear a mask outdoors unless in crowded spaces or in some direct animal-contact situations (i.e. Hobby Farm). Zoo staff and volunteers who have been vaccinated and had their vaccination verified by the Zoo’s Human Resources department are not required to wear masks. However, those staff that work directly with children are encouraged to do so when children are required to wear a mask so that we model the behavior expected of them.


Registration will open August 1 at 8:00am. 


Fall 2021

Join us for Story Safaris! Each week the Sprouts will explore the Zoo and Park as they explore the animals and habitats of different stories. Class time will include exposure to quality fiction and non-fiction texts, exploration of biofacts, and an up-close, hands-on animal encounter. Please join us for 1 class, a few classes, or the whole series. Please note that Thursday and Friday’s class of the same week will be identical, we recommend choosing the day of the week that works best for you but do not recommend doing both days. 

September 9, 10: Mama Built a Little Nest

September 16, 17: Duck! Rabbit!

September 23 & 24: The Hoppameleon

September 30, October 1: Where in the Wild?  

October 7, 8: Giggle, Giggle, Quack

October 14, 15: The Littlest Owls

October 21, 22: Verdi

October 28, 29: Ocean Life

November 4, 5: The Tiger Who Came To Tea 

November 11, 12: Hooray for Fish 

November 18, 19: Bear Snores On


Sprouts Information Packet