Homeschool Programs

Our homeschool programs offer lively, hands-on classes that are sure to engage students as they learn. Classes often include experiments, animal encounters, and educational games. Vocabulary and post activities will be provided to ensure that your child gets the most out of these programs. Program length: 90 minutes

Wow! Our Homeschool Programs are full through May of 2018! If you would like to be added to a wait list or to get in contact with the Homeschool instructor, please email the Education Department at

Program Times

  • K5 - 2nd grade - 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • 3rd - 5th grade - 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 6th - 8th grade - 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Monday only)

Individual Program Prices

  • Members - $10 (1 child)
  • Non-members - $15 (1 child)

Bundle Program Prices

Bundles are:  (Sept-May) (Sept - Dec) (Jan - Apr)
  • 4 Month: Members - $32 (1 child)
  • 4 Month: Non-members - $52 (1 child)
  • All Year: Members- $62 (1 child)
  • All Year:Non-members- $102 (1 child)

2017-2018 Program Topics

Skin & Bones - What is inside all of our animal friends that gives them their shape? Join us as we explore skeletal systems and invertebrates alike!

  • Sept 4 or Sept 5
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Creature Kaleidoscope - Red ladybugs, orange frogs, yellow snakes, green spiders, blue tang fish, and purple birds! Discover the colors of the wild in our hands-on class.
  • Oct 2 or Oct 3
Believe It or Not! - Animals can do some incredible and amazing things! We will investigate the craziest things that animals can do and why they might do them. 
  • Nov 13 or Nov 14
Folktails - Animals show up in stories, art, music, dance, and so many more places throughout our lives. Join us as we discover how animals show up in different cultures around the world.  
  •  Dec 4 or 5
All in the Family - Why do some babies look just like their parents? Why do some babies have blue eyes and some have brown eyes? Genetics! We will explore the world of genetics to discover why things look the way they do.
  • January 8 or 9
Once Upon an Animal - Once upon a time, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Once upon a time, dodo birds and passenger pigeons were everywhere. Once upon a time, there were many critters that aren’t here anymore. Join us as we investigate the world of extinct creatures!
  • Feb 12 or 13
Animals in Motion -Walking, slithering, crawling, flying, and so much more! Animals can move in many different ways. We will examine the different ways animals move and how they manage to do it.
  • Mar 5 or 6
Bugs & Stuff - Although these critters might be creepy and crawly to some, insects and arachnids are some of the coolest animals that live all around us! We will discover what makes an insect an insect and what makes an arachnid and arachnid.
  • Apr 2 or 3
Pouch Academy

Pouch Academy

Continue the learning each month with a special box from The Pouch Academy! Each box delivers hands-on fun and learning related to the Homeschool theme of the month. Also included will be a date and time to connect with a zoo employee virtually to do one of the activities in the box together! Appropriate for ages 5-11. Supplies are limited, order yours today! $20 per box


Join us on this special opportunity for homeschool families!  Start your adventure with a live animal encounter at the zoo.  We will then be lead into Cleveland Park by zoo staff for a fun educational hike!

Signing up for a hike enrolls you as part of our Family Nature Play Club.  

Dates and Pricing

Select Thursdays 10-11 a.m., September-March

$5.00 per family  (Program only. Does not include admission to the zoo)


  • September 21, 2017     Tree ID
  • October 26, 2017          Edible Hike
  • November 30, 2017      Animal Signs
  • January 4, 2017            Nature Through Winter
  • February 22, 2017        Colors of Nature
  • March 22, 2017            Bug Hunt