Nuture your child's love for animals and nature with Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's Zoo Troop programs. These programs use the Zoo as a classroom to encourage children of all ages to investigate, play and learn through hands-on activities and exploration.
Please contact our Education Department at (402) 738-2092 for more information.
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Classes for children up to 3 years of age. Pre-registration and payment is required. An adult must accompany the participant. The registration cost covers one adult and one child. Prices reflect the discounted member rate.
Stride into a world of discovery with a fun story to start your adventure then, walk, talk and learn about specific animals. Don't forget the stroller! Registration fee is $10 and includes one adult and one child. This program is geared toward toddlers ages 1 - 2.
All programs run 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
February 7 - Curious George Goes to the Zoo
March 6 - Movers and Shakers
April 3 - The Unhuggables
May 1 - Lion Lessons
Gather your gear and join our early explorers program for 2 to 3-year-old children. We will uncover a wide variety of topics including colors, patterns, shapes, habitats and biomes. Imagine the discoveries that will be made! Registration fee is $15 and includes one child and one adult.
All programs run 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
February 14 - Coats of all Kinds
March 13 - Feet, Paws, and Claws
April 17 - Fur, Feathers, Shells & Scales
May 8 - Wild About Disguises
Cubs programs are for children ages 3 - 5. Pre-registration and payment of $15 per child per session is required. An adult must accompany the participant. The registration cost covers one adult and one child. Prices reflect the discount member rate.
Through science-based exploration and outdoor play, preschoolers and their caregivers will experience Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium using their senses. Each adventure begins with an opportunity to explore several learning stations based on the adventures theme where children can practice fine motor skills, sensory investigation, creativity, and pre-math and literacy skills. Station time is followed by an opening circle, listening to a story and further exploring the weekly theme.
Fast is Fun, But Slow is Number One! - Friday, February 21
Did you know Nile crocodiles can sprint up to 22 mph? The average human can only run about 10 mph! Sloths move slow in order to conserve energy, and just happen to be some of the slowest mammals on Earth! Come join us to learn all about some of the fast and slow animals!
Amazing Adaptations - Friday, March 20
What would it be like to have ears like a fennec fox or a tail like a tiger? We're going to use our imaginations to transform ourselves into some of our favorite animals of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Let your creativity run wild as we learn about a new animal each week!
Who’s Who at the Zoo - Friday, April 24
Every animal at the Zoo belongs to a family. Learn about our animal’s characteristics and how to do basic classification of the Zoo animals in a fun and easy way.
What's That Bird? - Friday, May 15
Soar into the world of birds. Find out what makes them unique and how you can begin a lifelong hobby of spotting and identifying birds.
Jr.Vets - Friday, June 19
How do you care for a toothy tiger or slimy salamander? What does it take to medicate a meerkat or give a shot to a porcupine? All creatures, big and small, need a doctor once in a while. Find out how our zoo veterinarians helps keep them all healthy!
Rise and Shine - Friday, July 24
Did you know some animals stay awake while we are sleeping at night? Ever wonder why some animals run around early in the day, but then sleep the rest of the time? Learn about some animals that are early risers, night owls, or are somewhere in between.
Zoo Troop Pounce programs are for children ages 6 - 11. Pre-registration and payment of $20 per child per session is required (unless otherwise noted). Prices reflect the discount member rate.
L.I.O.N. Zoo Troop is a series-based class where children learn to understand and respect the world around them through exploration and up-close animal encounters. Kids will be challenged to work together, get outside and have fun!
Our planet is a vast, watery world full of unexplored places and yet-to-be-discovered creatures. Join us for this semester-long program which focuses on helping budding scientists and animal enthusiasts build their knowledge, explore careers in marine science and develop an appreciation for our oceans.
What Will Students Learn? Marine Biology Academy students learn about how researchers study marine animals and tools they use, meet animal care staff who work with marine animals, study ocean animal adaptations, learn about conservation, explore freshwater and marine ecosystem connections and more.
What is Included? Each student will receive a Marine Biology Academy t-shirt, special experiences with Zoo staff, behind the scenes tour (behind the scenes tours are not available for 6-8-year-old ages) and other conservation-related ocean items. Marine Biology Academy classes are capped at 18 participants to allow for more individualized learning experiences.
My Child Participated in the First Marine Biology Academy Program. Can They Participated Again? Yes. We will offer variety in the lessons and activities. There is a lot to learn about the ocean!
What is the Fee? Fees are as follows. Program is non-refundable once it begins, and all sales are final. Under extenuating circumstances, a partial refund minus a $30 administrative fee may be issued if we are able to fill your spot.
Ages 6-8 All classes are held 10:00 a.m.-Noon.
February 8, 22
March 7, 21
Ages 9-11 All classes are held 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Zoo Troop Mane programs are for children ages 12 - 14. Pre-registration and payment is required. Prices reflect the discount member rate.
Ages 12-14 All classes are held 9:00 a.m.-Noon
February 1, 15, 29
Pride programs are for young adults ages 15 - 18. Pre-registration and payment required. Prices reflect the discount member rate.
Ages 15-18 All classes are held 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
February 1, 15, 29
Questions or concerns? Email our Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Zoo Adventures are geared toward families with children. Pre-registration and payment of $16 per participant. A minimum of one adult and one child is required ($32 total, unless otherwise noted). Prices reflect the discount member rate and may vary based on event offered. Questions? (402) 738-2092.
Enjoy a full breakfast surrounded by sharks, sea turtles and all of your favorite sea creatures! You'll get to explore the Scott Aquarium before Zoo hours and visit ocean experience stations. Breakfast menu can be shared upon request.
Cost: $20 per person ($25 for non-members)
Adult programs are those ages 18 and older. Pre-registration and payment is required. Prices reflect the discount member rate. Please check back soon for our fall and winter class dates.
Join us for these special photography classes focusing on a variety of animals and exhibits. Learn techniques such as taking photos in low light, through barriers such as glass, and how understanding animal behavior and environments helps an image tell a story. Classes will be led by award-winning photographer, Mike Benkis. Mike's clean, bold and vibrant style has become the hallmark of his work which has appeared in Nebraskaland Magazine, Omaha Audubon Society's website and more. Fee: $35 members ($40 non-members)
Scott Aquarium - February 15, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Lied Jungle - March 15, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Who is this workshop for? This workshop is geared toward beginner to intermediate photographers who have a basic understanding of their equipment. The focus will be on the opportunity to photograph with some advice and tricks offered from our professional photographer. Participants must be at least 18 years of age to attend solo. If you have a teenager with an interest in photography, they may register and attend with a paid adult. All children should be at least 12 years old and have an interest in photography to attend.
What equipment do I bring?
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