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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 admission for each student to the Zoo on class day. Please note that the same class is offered twice a month.

Spring 2019 Home School Classes
Children ages 6 to 8:

Scientists divide the world into large natural areas called biomes. Desert and rainforest biomes are two that you’ve probably heard of. Each biome is known for certain kinds of plants and animals. But what’s really at the heart of a biome is its climate. How hot or cold is it? How much rain and snow fall every year?

Climate is critical because it determines the types of plants and animals—the ecosystem—that can survive in a biome. Polar bears can’t live in the Sahara Desert. Rain forest trees won’t grow in grasslands or the arctic tundra.

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Jan. 8, 22 | Alpine
Feb. 5, 19 | Rainforest
Mar. 5, 26 | Marine
Apr. 2, 16 | Savanna
May 7, 21 | Desert

Children ages 9 to 12:

Earth sciences and how they affect animals.


Jan. 8, 22 | Plate Tectonics: Mountains and Earthquakes
Feb. 5, 19 | Caves: Bats and Other Animals Who Live in Them
Mar. 5, 26 | Tides: What Causes Them and How Animals Adapt
Apr. 2, 16 | Island Formation: Volcanoes and Biodiversity
May 7, 21 | Natural Hazards and Environmental Issues

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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 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.

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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