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Home School Classes

The Fort Worth Zoo offers classes for home-schooled children ages 6 to 12 two Tuesdays a month from September to December and January to May. Classes, $25 each, are from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. and include a snack, live animal presentation and admission for each student to the Zoo on class day. Please note that the same class is offered twice a month.

2015 Home School Classes

Children ages 6 to 8

Sight, sound, taste, touch and smell – Explore the five senses and find out how animals use their senses to live in the wild. Each student will learn grade-appropriate information based upon Texas Department of Education standards for science, math, and English language arts.

Aug. 25 SightRaptor Canyon
Sept. 8, 22 SoundTexas Wild!, Mountains & Deserts
Oct. 13, 27 TasteMuseum of Living Art (MOLA)
Nov. 10, 24 TouchAfrican Savannah
Dec. 8, 29 SmellAustralian Outback/Great Barrier Reef

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Children ages 9 to 12

All living organisms are arranged into different groups. The more features a group shares, the more specific the group is. Discover the levels of classification, the history of how scientists have organized different species and what they do when a new species is discovered. Each student will learn grade-appropriate information based upon Texas Department of Education standards for science, math, and English language arts.

Aug. 25 What are the levels of classification?
Sept. 8, 22 Key figures that have shaped modern classification
Oct. 13, 27 How does a species get its name?
Nov. 10, 24 Word origins and their meanings
Dec. 8, 29 Discover a new species

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Children ages 13 to 15:

Want to learn more about zoology, ecology and the natural sciences? The Fort Worth Zoo’s Nature Educators in Training (N.E.T.) program provides local high school students the opportunity to learn more about environmental sciences and prepare for their fields of study, as well as earn class credit. Over the course of 10 weeks, students will take 10 two-hour classes and participate in 20 hours of homework, 10 hours of field trips and 10 hours of volunteer work, totaling the state-required 60 hours for class credit.  Classes will take place at the Zoo and are offered five days a week, year-round. (Students who wish to only audit the classes will receive a certificate for 20 hours.)

To apply for the program, please email your completed application to jconnor@fortworthzoo.org. After an interview, you will be provided a link to register. The fee to participate in N.E.T. is $75.

Questions? Please email jconnor@fortworthzoo.org.

Weekday Home School Volunteens

This program provides local home-schooled teens, ages 12 to 17, the opportunity to assist our Zoo Preschool teachers. They help set up, clean up and assist students with crafts and excursions into the Zoo. Volunteens come in once a week for half of the day, either from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or 12:45 to 4:15 p.m. The fall session runs from September to December and the spring session runs from January to May. Applications are completed online and interviews are scheduled after the final application date. After interviewing all applicants, the Education staff will make selections. Selected Volunteens are required to attend a mandatory orientation prior to the start of the semester.

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Home School Day: Thursday, March 31, 2016

All home-schooled children and their families are invited to a fun-filled educational day in the wilds of the Zoo. Learn amazing facts from our zookeepers at more than 20 Wild Encounters and enjoy asking Zoo staff your best animal questions around the Zoo’s world-class exhibits!


Children 2 & under free
Children 3 to 12 years $4.50
Adults 13+ $6

Please note:

      • Zoo members do not need to register for the event unless purchasing education program tickets.
      • Tickets purchased at the gate the day of the event will be $7 for adults and $5.50 for children 3 to 12 years.
      • Online registration closes at 5 p.m. the day before the event.
      • Tickets are good for the event date only. Parking is $5 and is not included in the price of the ticket.
      • Tickets are nonrefundable, non-exchangeable and no rain checks will be issued.

Some hints for planning your day:

      • Register online and print your tickets at home so you can enter the Zoo as fast as a cheetah on Home School Day.
      • Have you ever wondered what the Zoo’s lions eat or how much a giant Aldabra tortoise weighs? Get up close and personal with more than 20 Wild Encounters with our zookeepers as they deliver amazing facts and stats about your favorite wild things!
      • To enhance your Home School Day experience, consider purchasing tickets to an education program presented in our Outdoor Learning Theater. Tickets are $3 per person; children 2 and younger are free.
      • Education program tickets are good for one program at any of the times below. Each attendee over the age of 2 will need a ticket for admittance. Seating is limited and first come, first served.

Featured Programs:

Animal Senses
Noon, 2 p.m.
Explore your five senses and learn how animals use their senses to survive.
11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Discover eggs-traordinary facts about animals that lay eggs.

For more information, contact the Education Department:

Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76110
phone: 817-759-7200
fax: 817-759-7201
email: education@fortworthzoo.org

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