Zoo Troop We are now offering both an in-person program and new Virtual Zoo Troop programs online! These 4 week long, age-appropriate classes for toddlers through 8th graders are designed to develop curiosity, create empathy, encourage healthy social skills, and grow self esteem. Participants will be immersed in fun, educational, wildlife rich experiences designed to develop knowledge and life skills. Toddler and PreK participants must participate with an adult to enjoy all the action. To encourage independence, Kindergartners and older are not accompanied by adults and for in-person programs they are dropped off before and picked up after each adventure! Join the club and hang with the Troop! SAFETY DURING COVID-19 By limiting visitor capacity and implementing health and safety measures recommended by state officials, the community can take in the beauty of the botanical garden in a safe way. We are committed to continuing to inspire our guests every day! Employees are required to wear masks. Masks are required for children 6 years old and older in all buildings and high congestion areas per City ordinance effective July 9, 2020. Masks are also required to feed the giraffes. Toddler and PreK classes will be limited to 10 children (and 10 adults). One adults is required to attend with each child. Adults are required to wear a mask when indoors, or in high traffic exhibit areas. Kindergarten classes will be limited to 12 children. No adults attend these programs. We require children to wear a mask during the animal encounter portion of the program due to close proximity. 1st-8th Grade classes will be limited to 12 children. No adults attend these programs. Zoo Troopers are required to wear a mask when indoors, or in high traffic exhibit areas. Adults are required to wear a mask when indoors, or in high traffic exhibit areas. All Zoo employees are required to wear a mask at all times. More About Zoo Troop In each series we will identify specific steps or skills that your child will achieve along with a key purpose statement. The same knowledgeable Zoo instructor will teach each week of the Zoo Troop series which will allow your child to form a positive relationship with their instructor. Join the Zoo Troop as we explore a different fun and interactive topic every month and foster caring, confident, and inspiring young people who know and love the wild world around them. Who can participate? Ages 18 months old through 8th grade. We divide age groups by grade bands. We offer the following grade bands: Toddlers (18-36 months old), Pre- K, Kindergarten, 1st-2nd Grade, 3rd-5th Grade, and 6th-8th Grade. When are Zoo Troop courses available? When you register for Zoo Troop you will be asked to select the day of the week you would like to come to every week. Currently Zoo Troop is offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays. How much is Zoo Troop? Zoo Troop series are 4 weeks long. Cost for series vary based on Grade Band. See below for the cost of each. Where does Zoo Troop take place? In-person Zoo Troop at the Zoo occurs in the Harold C. Schott Education Center. Confirmation materials will be received once you have registered. Virtual Zoo Troop is online. Once you register you will be sent information on how to join the online Zoo Troop class.