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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.

2016 Home School Classes

Children ages 6 to 8 will be exploring the different biomes of our world. From deserts to the rainforests, the students will discover what it would be like to live in those parts of the world. Each class they will focus on a different biome and how animals have adapted to survive.

Jan. 26 Alpine Biome
Feb. 9, 23 Rainforest Biome
March 8, 22 Marine Biome
April 5, 19 Savannah Biome
May 10, 24 Desert Biome

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Children ages 9 to 12 will be learning everything earth science – plate tectonics, caves, islands and more. Each topic will get the students teaming up to discuss the earth science subject of the day and how animals are able to survive is such unique environments.

Jan. 26 Plate Tectonics: Mountains and Earthquakes
Feb. 9, 23 Caves: Bats and Brumation
March 8, 22 Moon Phases: Tides
April 5, 19 Islands: Volcanoes and Biodiversity
May 10, 24 Natural Hazards and Environmental Issues

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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!

Registration opens Monday, Feb. 15 at 9 a.m.

What’s new this year:

  • Never-before-seen Outdoor Learning Theater (OLT) show
  • Free scavenger hunt with the purchase of a OLT show ticket (see below for more information)
  • Animal meet and greets at the OLT show
  • Fort Worth Zoo education booth
  • Community organization booths
  • Storytime at the Zoo!


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.
      • The Fort Worth Zoo is hosting home school and family oriented community organizations that will be in the park 10 a.m. through 1 p.m. Stop by their booths to learn more about these organizations and programs!
      • 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!
      • Storytime at the Zoo: Toddler Time! Stop by and listen to some of our favorite zoo-themed books.
      • 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. Don’t forget to turn in your ticket stub at the end of the show to receive a free scavenger hunt. Once completed, turn your scavenger hunt form in at the Texas Nature Traders building for a chance to win special prizes!
      • 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 Meet and Greet
Noon, 2 p.m.
Zookeepers will be hanging out at the OLT with some of their unique animals. Make sure to swing by!
Feathers and Forecasts
11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Join us for an amazing show about unique birds and how they have adapted to survive the great outdoors! Fun for the entire family, it’s a great learning experience and there will be several chances for call-and-answer participation.

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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