Bring the Zoo to You!
"Wild About Reading" - PreK-Kindergarten:
Wild About Reading programs are perfect for your group of pre-schoolers through Kindergarteners! With twelve different themes to choose from, there is a Wild About Reading program that will be just right for your students. Each 45 minute program consists of a theme related story, group activity, and two animal visitors. We limit audience size to less than 40 participants, ages 2 and up. Costs for programs inside of Springfield are $60.00 for one program. However, consecutive programs within that same visit are at a reduced rate of $40.00 per program. Programs outside of Springfield but within Sangamon County are $70 + a round trip mileage fee calculated for your location for the first program and $50 per consecutive program/same visit. Contact the Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about program themes. NOTICE: this program is currently not available due to COVID19.
"Zoo to You" - Animal Outreach for All Ages:
Are you looking to enrich your NGSS life science curriculum or animal unit, to get help earning a badge, to reward students with a fun assembly for good behavior, or to have a unique guest speaker or activity for your after school program, residents, or group members? If so, you need a Zoo To You program! The Zoo’s Education Department has a wide spectrum of fun and educational program themes for audiences of all ages that we can bring to YOUR facility. We also have several “series themes” if you would like multiple visits that are tied into a central theme. We can perform our programs for a variety of audience sizes from a single classroom to a school assembly. However, due to the size of our program animals and the increase in noise levels for larger audiences, we ask that assembly audiences be limited to 150 students or less. Multiple assembly programs may be required to accommodate all students. Typically, our programs are 45 minutes. The number of animals in the program depends on the program theme requested. Costs for programs inside of Springfield are $80.00 for one program. However, consecutive programs within that same visit are at a reduced rate of $60.00 per program. Programs outside of Springfield but within Sangamon County are $90 + a round trip mileage fee calculated for your location for the first program and $70 per consecutive program/same visit. Contact the Education Department at email@example.com to inquire about program themes or to help us create a custom theme for your needs. NOTICE: this program is currently not available due to COVID19.
Interactive Zoo Experience - Interpretive Booth
Are you looking for a “Zoo Booth” at your next event? Your event participants will enjoy stopping by our Interactive Zoo Experience table with a variety of our education animals, biological artifacts, and/or animal activities. Manned with our expert Zoo Staff and Docent volunteers, we are ready to interpret our items and answer all questions. Costs for events inside of Springfield are $80.00 per hour or $100 per hour for events outside of Springfield but within Sangamon County. Contact the Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about availability.
Programs and Tours
Due to COVID19, some restrictions may apply and programs may need to be altered for safety. Masks must be warn by all Zoo staff and participants for safety of Zoo staff and participants.
Amazing Animal Tour
Follow one of our trained volunteers or staff members around the zoo and learn about our animals’ amazing adaptations. Do you need a tour that is geared towards earning a specific badge or classroom subject? Contact us to see what we can do at (217) 585-1821 ext 1706 or 1703. Registration is required and tour scheduling is subject to guide availability. Each tour lasts 1- 1 ½ hours. There is a maximum of 30 people per tour. Cost is $50 per tour.
Would you like your group to meet a cool critter up close on your visit to the zoo? Enrich your group’s visit with a private, educational Animal Encounter with one of our zoo’s touchable animals! Each 15 minute Animal Encounter gives you tons of information about the animal, allows for questions, and gives you the opportunity to touch the animal. Registration is required and scheduling is subject to staff availability. Call us at at (217) 585-1821 ext 1706 or 1703 to ask us about animal options and to register for your Animal Encounter. Cost is $30 per encounter.
Would you like to help your troop with their animal or habitat badge? Maybe you are looking to add something extra to your animal or habitat themed unit in your classroom. You might just be looking for a way to make your zoo visit more fun and educational. Our 45 minute Animal Programs in our zoo’s amphitheater or classroom feature 4 amazing animals and allow for touching of one of the animals at the end of the program. Registration is required and scheduling is subject to staff availability. Call us at at (217) 585-1821 ext 1706 or 1703 to ask us about program theme options and to register for your Animal Program. Cost is $50 per program.
Educational Programs are available year-round!