John Ball Zoo

Summer Classes

Zoo Adventures

Start your day with the Zoo animals! These 2 hour, 1 day classes (8:30am-10:30am) provide kids going into 1st-5th grade an opportunity to be the first to greet the animals for the day. Expect to enjoy a trek into the Zoo to explore a specific area, see two ambassador animals up close, as well as opportunities to explore the park and pond areas. Socially distanced games and/or crafts may also occur. The majority of the program will be spent outside in open pavilions, the Zoo, and park grounds. Students should be entering 1st-5th grade this fall. *Please note the same class is offered 4 days per week, we encourage kids to sign up for 1 class per week. 

Member Fee: $25/child/class
Non-Member Fee: $30/child/class
 
Classes available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, OR Thursday of each week for 1st-5th grade
 
July 20-23 - Wild Treats & Toys - The Zoo animals love treats and toys! We'll visit the zookeepers and watch how the Zoo uses different types of enrichment to keep our animals happy and healthy. 
 
July 27-30 -Tracking Terrific Turtles - Join our research team for the morning to learn all about how we track some of the coolest animals in Michigan - turtles! 
 
August 3-6 -  Hidden Treasures - Look for hidden wonders at John Ball Zoo! We'll discover animals that use camouflage, warning colors, and mimicry to hide and survive. 
 
August 10-13 - Crazy Cats - Are you crazy about cats? Come learn about cats from around the world! The Zoo has some of the world's largest and smallest cats from 3 different continents. 
 
August 17-20 - Amazing Adaptations - What keeps a mammal warm? What kind of feet do owls have? How do tigers hide from their prey? We'll answer these questions and more on this Adaptation Adventure. 
 
Saftey Precautions: Class sizes are strictly limited to no more than 10 participants. We ask that all participants come with their own mask and are familiar with how to wear it correctly. Participants will be asked to wear their masks for brief periods of time when going into buildings or in situations where they may be closer than 6ft. to fellow participants or the public. Participants will not be asked to wear masks during activities that occur with safe social distancing. Zoo exploration will be done during the first portion of the class so that interaction near general Zoo visitors is kept to a minimum. Please read all confirmation materials carefully for further information regarding safety screening for participation in the class. This may include answering questions about activity in the week(s) prior to attending as well as temperature checks at the time of drop-off. If a child is unable to participate due to illness a full refund will be available. 
 

Bricks-4-Kidz

 

Do your kids love LEGOS? Kids will love the challenge of building a motorized LEGO animal with Bricks-4-Kidz staff while comparing their creations with those that are part of the BrickLive Animal Paradise exhibition. Each class will also see an Ambassador Animal that correlates with their brick animal. Classes will not be entering the Zoo but all participants will receive a Zoo voucher for admission after the class. *Bricks used for the program remain the property of Bricks-4-Kidz, other brick sets are available for purchase in the Zoo. 

Member Fee: $15/child/class
Non-Member Fee: $20/child/class
 
July 9 - Slithery Snakes
1pm-2:15pm - 6-8 yr olds
2:45pm-4pm - 9-12 yr olds
 
July 14 - Dabbling Ducks
1pm-2:15pm - 6-8 yr olds
2:45pm-4pm - 9-12 yr olds
 
July 16 - Frog Friends
1pm-2:15pm - 6-8 yr olds
2:45-4pm - 9-12 yr olds
 
July 21 - Cool Chameleons
1pm-2:15pm - 6-12 yr olds
 
July 23 - Monkey Madness
1pm-2:15pm - 6-12 yr olds
 
July 28 - Awesome Alligator
1pm-2:15pm - 6-12 yr olds
 
July 30 - Diving Dolphins
1pm-2:15pm - 6-12 yr olds
 
Safety Precautions: Class sizes are limited to allow for social distancing and each child to work at their own station with their own kit of supplies. Supplies and work areas are disinfected after every use. Classes are currently scheduled to occur outside in an open pavilion. Participants are asked to still bring a mask in case the class needs to be moved to an indoor area due to weather or specific animal encounters, in which case they would be encouraged to wear their mask. 
 

Zoo Careers

Learn about a variety of Zoo Careers by exploring and talking with the experts! These 2 hour, 1 day classes (8:30am-10:30am) provide middle school students an opportunity to learn about different animal related careers in the Zoo field. Each class will highlight a different career. The majority of the program will be spent outside in an open paviolion, the Zoo, and park grounds. Students should be entering 6th-8th grade this fall. Class sizes are limited to 10 student to provide safe, social distancing. 

August 7 - 6th-8th Grade - Intro to Zookeeping - Learn the ins and outs of being a Zookeeper! Collect data, talk with keepers, and investigate the diet of one of our animals at the Zoo!

August 14 - 6th-8th Grade - Jr. Zoo Vet - Keeping all of the Zoo animals healthy is a big job! Adventure with us as we discover how our vet team takes care of all of our creatures, great and small. 

August 21 - 6th-8th Grade - Animal Researchers - Do you have what it takes to be an animal reseracher? Learn how to set and check traps, collect data, and observe animals in their natural habitat. 

Saftey Precautions: Class sizes are strictly limited to no more than 10 participants. We ask that all participants come with their own mask and are familiar with how to wear it correctly. Participants will be asked to wear their masks for brief periods of time when going into buildings or in situations where they may be closer than 6ft. to fellow participants or the public. Participants will not be asked to wear masks during activities that occur with safe social distancing. Zoo exploration will be done during the first portion of the class so that interaction near general Zoo visitors is kept to a minimum. Please read all confirmation materials carefully for further information regarding safety screening for participation in the class. This may include answering questions about activity in the week(s) prior to attending as well as temperature checks at the time of drop-off. If a child is unable to participate due to illness a full refund will be available. 

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