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.
Classes for home-schooled children ages 13 to 15 are offered one Tuesday a month from September to December and January to May. Classes, $50 each, are from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. and include an interactive lab, snack, live animal presentation and admission for each student to the Zoo on class day.
2015 Home School Classes
Children ages 6 to 8: Home Sweet Home
From nests high in the trees to tunnels underground, animals have homes just like people do. Classes will compare Zoo animal homes to human homes. Each student will learn grade-appropriate information based upon Texas Department of Education standards for science, math, and English language arts.
Jan. 20: Museum of Living Art (MOLA)
Feb. 10 and 24: World of Primates
March 3 and 17: African Savannah and Asian Falls
April 14 and 28: Texas Wild! and Penguins
May 12 and 26: Raptor Canyon and Great Barrier Reef
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Children ages 9 to 12: The Great Migrators
Why do animals migrate? What pathways do migrating animals take? This class will explore the large-scale movement of a species from one place to another and research the differences and similarities of migrating animals. Each student will learn grade-appropriate information based upon Texas Department of Education standards for science, math, and English language arts.
Jan. 20: Invertebrate Migrators
Feb. 10 and 24: Ocean Migrators
March 3 and 17: Feathered Migrators
April 14 and 28: Fur Migrators
May 12 and 26: Migration Super Animals (record breaking journeys)
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Children ages 13 to 15: Conservation and You*
Why is conservation important? Conservation is the act of preserving, guarding, or protecting nature. Classes will focus on different areas of conservation. Children ages 13 to 15 will do research, class activities and discover what it means to conserve. Each student will learn grade-appropriate information based upon Texas Department of Education standards for science, math, and English language arts. Students will also learn how to use GPS units and other methods of research.
Jan. 20: What is Conservation?
Feb. 24: Apex Predators
March 17: History of Conservation
April 28: Endangered Species
May 26: Careers in Conservation
*Register for all five classes and receive a certificate of completion that can used for credits toward home school.
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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.
Check back soon for registration dates.
Home School Day: Thursday, March 26, 2015
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|
- 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.
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