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 Sept. 11, 2023, your 3-, 4- or 5-year-old will meet once per week, Monday through Friday, through the week of May 13.
How to Register (Beginning Feb. 6):
If you are experiencing registration issues, please contact the education department.
This nature-based, extended-day program will be available for 4- to 5-year-olds twice a week, Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, from September to May.
9 a.m. to noon
One morning a week
One morning a week
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
One afternoon a week
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Twice a week
In the event of inclement weather, families will be notified about class cancellations via Brightwheel 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 canceled for that day.
All preschoolers must be toilet-trained and toilet-independent. The classrooms are not licensed or equipped for diaper changing; therefore, pull-ups and diapers are not permitted. If you are in doubt, we suggest waiting until next year to enroll.
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.
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.
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.
We are following current Texas State guidelines. We are frequently washing hands, sanitizing and cleaning rooms and surfaces, and having drop off and pick up occur only in our carpool line.
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.
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.
Each class has up to 17 kids and two teachers.
Zoo Preschool staff all have education, experience, or degrees in early childhood education. Our Zoo school staff all meet the state licensing requirements.
Your child must be 3 years old for Zoo Preschool, or 4 years old for Nature's Navigators by Sept. 11, 2023.
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.
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.