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Weekday Home School Volunteens

Fort Worth Zoo Home School programThis 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 either half of the day or a full day. There are also Summer Zoo Camp volunteen opportunities. 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.

Click here to learn more about Summer Volunteen opportunities.

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Fort Worth Zoo Home School ClassesHome 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 1:45 to 3:30 p.m. and include a live animal presentation, guided Zoo hike and a themed lesson. Please note that the same class is offered twice a month.

Spring 2020 Home School Classes
Children ages 6 to 8:

This spring we will be using the scientific method to discover how animals use a variety of techniques to survive in the wild. 


Jan. 14, 28 | Mimicry
Feb. 11, 25 | Animal Defenders
Mar. 3, 31 | Natural Masters of Disguise
Apr. 14, 28 | Animal Armor
May 5, 12 | Thermoregulation

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Children ages 9 to 12:

This spring we will learn how math is used at the zoo in constructing exhibits that fit animal needs. 


Jan. 14, 28 | Area: African Savanna
Feb. 11, 25 | Volume and Water: Hippos!
Mar. 3, 31 | Animal Needs: Hunters of Africa
Apr. 14, 28 | Structures and Buildings
May 5, 12 | How to Measure an Elephant

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Home School Art Classes

Home school art classes are offered two Tuesdays a month for 6 to 12-year-olds from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Each class, students will create art using a variety of mediums inspired by various areas in the zoo.

There is a different theme for each class. 

  • March 3
  • March 31
  • April 14
  • April 28
  • May 5
  • May 12


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Home School Day:
Thursday, October 1, 2020

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!

Home School Day visitors are able to participate in zoo-wide adventures! Registration will begin late summer


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