Zoo Preschool

Preschool

Zoo Preschool

During Fort Worth Zoo Preschool, children experience an activity-packed, three-hour class that includes unique and interactive animal activities. Students will learn about animals and conservation and develop social, language, artistic and cognitive skills. Zoo Preschool is an immersive, hands-on environment where your child’s curiosity will fuel his or her learning experience.

 
Starting the week of September 13, 2021, preschoolers will have fun learning about Shake, Rattle and Roll. 
Your 3-, 4- or 5-year-old will meet once per week, Monday through Friday, from September to MayRegistration for Zoo Preschool 2021 - 2022 
opens online on May 3 at 8 a.m.
 

How to Register:

  1. Click on the registration link.
  2. Create an account on brightwheel or sign in if you have an existing account.
  3. Once you have signed into your account, you’ll be directed to fill out the registration form. 
  4. You will be contacted if your class of choice is available and sent online admission forms to complete and submit through brightwheel.
  5. Once all forms have been submitted and approved you will be sent your first bill.
  6. Payment is due 3 days after your bill is sent (through email).
  7. Once payment is received, your child will be admitted into class.
  8. You will receive more information about your child’s class and the parent handbook before the beginning of the year. In the meantime, familiarize yourself with brightwheel and make sure the app is downloaded on your phone.
*For multiple children, click on the registration link again and sign in to add a child. 
 
 

PRESCHOOL 2021-2022 REGISTRATION


New for 2021!

Nature's Navigators

This nature-based, extended-day program will be availible for 4- to 5-year-olds twice a week, Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, from September to May.  Registration for Nature's Navigators 2021 - 2022 opens online on May 3 at 8 a.m.

How to Register:

  1. Click on the registration link.
  2. Create an account on brightwheel or sign in if you have an existing account.
  3. Once you have signed into your account, you’ll be directed to fill out the registration form. 
  4. You will be contacted if your class of choice is available and sent online admission forms to complete and submit through brightwheel.
  5. Once all forms have been submitted and approved you will be sent your first bill.
  6. Payment is due 3 days after your bill is sent (through email).
  7. Once payment is received, your child will be admitted into class.
  8. You will receive more information about your child’s class and the parent handbook before the beginning of the year. In the meantime, familiarize yourself with brightwheel and make sure the app is downloaded on your phone.
*For multiple children, click on the registration link again and sign in to add a child.

 

Nature's Navigators 2021-2022 REGISTRATION


 


Payment Information
  • Full-year tuition is $1,000 for Zoo Preschool
  • Full-year tuition is $3,000 for Nature's Navigators
  • (Zoo members receive a 10 percent discount)
  • $100 nonrefundable registration fee
  • A payment plan is available. A 50% down payment is due at the time of registration. The remaining balance will be split into four payments and charged monthly from September through December. This full-year payment option includes a $50 fee.
  • Parents can register their child at any time during the school year at a pro-rated rate if openings are available
 
 

             

 Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday   Thursday   Friday 

Zoo Preschool  

Morning

 

9 a.m. to noon

One morning a week 

FULL

9 a.m. to noon

One morning a week 

FULL

9 a.m. to noon

One morning a week 

FULL

9 a.m. to noon

One morning a week 

FULL

9 a.m. to noon

One morning a week 

Zoo Preschool 

Afternoon

FULL

 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

One afternoon a week

FULL

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

One afternoon a week

 

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

One afternoon a week

 

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

One afternoon a week

 

No class

Nature's Navigators 

 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Twice a week

Monday/Wednesday

FULL

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Twice a week

Tuesday/Thursday

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Twice a week

Monday/Wednesday

FULL

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Twice a week

Tuesday/Thursday

 No class 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Is your class of choice full? Fill out the form and write “waitlist” along with the desired day and time under “Desired Class Day/Time.”

 

Zoo Preschool Photo Gallery

Click to view more visiting with zookeepers meeting zoo animals facepainting fun meeting zoo animals having fun with crafts zoo preschool meeting zoo animals learning about animals visiting the flamingo exhibit zoo crafts

Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, families will be notified about class cancellations via phone or email by 8 a.m. for morning classes and by noon for afternoon classes. You can also check the Zoo’s website for information regarding the status of the Zoo on inclement weather days. If the Zoo is closed for inclement weather, classes will be cancelled for that day.


Zoo Preschool FAQs 

Does my child need to be potty-trained?

All preschoolers must be toilet-trained and toilet-independent. The classrooms are not licensed or equipped for diaper changing. If you are in doubt, we suggest waiting until next year to enroll.

 

If the class I’d like to register for is full, how do I get on the waitlist?

Once classes are full, there will be a waitlist option. You will still fill out the registration form and you will be contacted by a coordinator.

Once I submit my registration, how long will it take before I receive forms?

After submitting your registration form, it may take up to 2 business days to receive a notification on your next steps. Make sure to check your email and brightwheel for additional communication regarding Zoo Preschool.

 

What do I need to send with my child to Zoo Preschool?

Zoo Preschoolers will need to bring a child-sized reusable water bottle and a snack.

 

If my child is registered for Nature’s Navigators – what will they need to bring?

Nature’s Navigators will need to bring a snack, water bottle and non-refrigerated lunch.

 

What does my child need to wear?

Your child will need to wear their Zoo Preschool shirt to each class. This will be provided on the first day of class. They will go outside for Zoo hikes so please send your child in weather-appropriate attire. We require closed-toed shoes and prefer shoes that do not need to be tied.

What are your COVID policies?

Unvaccinated staff are required to wear face masks/coverings and maintain social distancing from both guests and other staff while at work. Staff who are fully vaccinated can choose whether or not they want to wear face mask/coverings.

We are following current Texas State guidelines. Currently classes do not mix, staff wear masks, we are frequently washing hands, sanitizing and cleaning rooms and surfaces, and having drop off and pick up occur only in our carpool line.

What is a day in Zoo Preschool like?

Zoo Preschoolers will enjoy Zoo hikes, animal-themed activities, a weekly animal lesson and enjoy an animal presentation. Zoo Preschoolers attend one time a week for 3 hours.

What is a day in Nature’s Navigators like?

Nature’s Navigators Preschoolers will enjoy a lot of outdoor time, Zoo hikes, snack, nature excursions, art, lunch and a rest time. Nature’s Navigators attend two times a week for 5 hours each class.

How many kids and teachers are in each class?

Each class has up to 15 kids, a teacher and a teaching assistant.

What are the staff qualifications?

Zoo Preschool staff all have education, experience, or degrees in early childhood education. Our Zoo school staff all meet the state licensing requirements.

My child will not be 3 when preschool starts. Can they still come to Zoo Preschool?

Your child must be 3 years old before Sept. 13. 

 

What is your refund policy?

You can receive a refund (minus the $100 non-refundable registration fee and $25 processing fee) up to 30 days before the first day of Zoo Preschool. If a spot is available, you are able to change your class for a $25 fee.

 

What is brightwheel?

brightwheel is the service we use for billing, communication, and photos. You can download this app to your phone and make updates to your account such as your approved pick-up list.

 


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