Zoo Troop Click to see the Zoo Troop Model of Youth Development 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. We will 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. 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. 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 Zoo Guests 3 years old and older at all times. Toddler classes will be limited to 5 children (and 5 adults). One adult is required to attend with each child. Adults are required to wear a mask at all times. PreK classes will be limited to 9 children (and 9 adults). One adult is required to attend with each child. PreK Zoo Troopers and Adults are required to wear a mask at all times. Kindergarten-8th Grade classes will be limited to 9 children. No adults attend these programs. Zoo Troopers are required wear masks at all times. Adults are required to wear a mask at all times. All Zoo employees are required to wear a mask at all times.