Homeschool Happenings

Do you have a school-aged (4-18 year old) student who is hooked on nature and animals? Well then, the Caldwell Zoo Homeschool Program is for you! Your student will dive into a world of adventure and learn all about the animals that share the world around us. Each class will include age-appropriate exploration of the topic, time on zoo grounds, and an opportunity to make lasting friendships.

Join us for the 2019-2020 season of Homeschool Happenings! Join us for select dates found on the calendar below (with age groups and days of the week). Classes will occur for THREE hours this year from 12:30-3:30pm.

Fall 2019-Spring 2020 Season:

Homeschool classes meet once a month for a total of 6 sessions. Beginning fall 2019, classes will meet for three hours from 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm on select days. With the extended time at the zoo, we will provide a light snack for all students.

To Register:

Click on the Register Now button above and our online store will allow you to purchase the homeschool program online. You will select the start date of your session, the quantity, and then go to check out.

Prices:

ZooMembers: $100 for 6 sessions
Non-members: $115 for 6 sessions


Session Dates

Session A
4-6 year olds
7-9 year olds
Sept 2, Sept 30, Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 6, Feb 3
Session B
4-6 year olds
7-9 year olds
Sept 3, Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4
Session C
4-6 year olds
7-9 year olds
Sept 4, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4, Jan 8, Feb 5
Session D
7-9 year olds
10-13 year olds
Sept 9, Oct 7, Nov 11, Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10
Session E
7-9 year olds
10-13 year olds
Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 14, Feb 11
Session F
10-13 year olds
14-18 year olds
Sept 11, Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11, Jan 15, Feb 12

Frequently Asked Questions

How many students will be in each class?
We will have up to 15 students and two teachers per class.

What if my child is between age brackets?
All students must be at least 4 years old before the first date of their session. For students with birthday in the middle of the program, which would bump them into the next age bracket, you may register them for the older group if their birthday is on or before November 30.

What if something comes up and I need to cancel my registration?
Caldwell Zoo does not provide refunds for cancelled registrations. You are welcome to find another child to take your student’s spot for the entire season as long as the registration is transferred before the start of the first day of the program. To transfer registration to another child, you must notify zoo staff at least one month prior to the start of the session. Registration for the new student must be received two weeks before the first class, or else Caldwell Zoo holds the right to refuse participation.

What time does the bus lot open?
The bus lot will be open during the following times:

  • 12:20 pm – 12:40 pm Homeschool Happenings drop off
  • 3:20 pm – 3:40 pm Homeschool Happenings pick up

What if I am running late for drop off?
Please let us know if you are running late! Call the Visitor Services office at 903-593-0121, and we will coordinate with you. You will likely be asked to bring your students to the main entrance of the zoo.

What if I need to pick up my students early?
If at all possible, communicate this need with your student’s teacher at drop off. If something comes up unexpected that requires you to collect your child, call our Visitor Services office at 903-593-0121, and we will coordinate with you. You will likely be asked to come to the main entrance of the zoo to collect your child.

What does my student need to bring?
The following items are necessary for class every day:

  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Closed-toed Shoes
  • Weather-appropriate Clothes

The following items are useful some or all of the time:

  • Rain Jackets/umbrellas
  • Winter Coat
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses

What items are likely to become distractions?
The following items may sometimes be appropriate, but your student will be asked to put them away during certain activities:

  • Cell Phones
  • Digital Camera
  • Backpack

The following items are unnecessary, and should be left at home:

  • Toys
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Weapons
  • Perfume or make-up
  • Money
  • Pets
  • Parents
  • Bad Attitude

What if I am running late for drop off?
Please let us know if you are running late! Call the Visitor Services office at 903-593-0121, and we will coordinate with you. You will likely be asked to bring your student to the main entrance of the zoo.

What if I need to pick up my student early?
If at all possible, communicate this need with your student’s teacher at drop off. If something comes up that requires you to collect your child unexpectedly, call our Visitor Services office at 903-593-0121, and we will coordinate with you. You will likely be asked to come to the main entrance of the zoo to collect your child.

What if my student will be absent?
If your student will be absent, please let us know! We understand that things happen to make a camper miss a day, but we would rather get camp rolling than wait around for someone who is not coming.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my registration?
Homeschool Happenings is non-refundable. If you are aware in advance that you will no longer be able to attend your program, you may find another child to take your student’s place. To transfer registration to another child, Education Staff must be notified at least a month prior to the start of the Homeschool program. The new student’s registration must be received two weeks prior to the start of the program, or else Caldwell Zoo hold the right to refuse participation.

What if it’s supposed to be rainy?
The class will go on, rain or shine! Please send your child in weather-appropriate clothing, as we will still be outside on rainy days. If there is lightning or any other weather that poses a health risk, we will modify our activities and stay inside.

Who can I contact in case of emergency?
If something comes up during the class, contact our Visitor Services Department at 903-593-0121, and they will coordinate with your student’s teacher.

Can I stay with my child during class?
Because this is a drop-off program, we cannot have parents staying with students. We do not have space to accommodate parents remaining with the group. Having family around can be distracting for students, and we want all participants to get the most out of every class.

Can I remain at the zoo while my child is in class?
Parents and siblings are welcome to enjoy the zoo while are in class, but each parent and sibling must exit the bus lot and enter through the main entrance in order to walk around the zoo. If you are a member, you will have to present your Member ID to enter. If you are not a member, you will be required to pay admission if you wish to stay in the zoo. If you know that you are planning to walk the zoo during your child’s class, you are welcome to walk them to the bus parking lot through the zoo to drop them off, so that you can avoid having to move your car.

What if my child has food allergies?
Please notify us during registration about these allergies. We have alternate snacks that we will provide that are free of the major allergens. However, if your child has a combination of allergies, or is allergic to something uncommon, you are welcome to send separate snacks for your student.

Can I bring group snacks?
If your student has a birthday or other special event during the program, we would love to celebrate with them! Please let us know in advance if you will be bringing a group snack, as some students may have allergies. Any group snacks must be store bought and sealed. If Education Staff does not know about snacks in advance, they have the right to turn away any group snack.

Is my child old enough to enjoy the program?
Your child must be 4 years old before the first day of their program to attend. In order to fully enjoy the program, your student must be able to cooperatively play and sit and listen for 10 minutes. Campers must be toilet trained and must be able to take restroom breaks independently. If you have questions about this policy, please contact us! Reach us by phone: 903-593-0121 ext. 228; reach us by email: education@caldwellzoo.org.

What about my child who needs special accommodations?
We welcome students with special needs! We do ask to be informed of these needs at registration, so that we are able to make accommodations as needed. If your child requires the assistance of an aide, the aide is more than welcome to join the child free of charge, but this must be arranged at the time of registration.

Reservations are only valid for the session booked. Homeschool Happenings is non-refundable; however the reservation can be rescheduled or transferred when possible (as long as the request is make two weeks in advance of the first class). All programs are subject to availability. Be sure to read our Homeschool Happenings information and policies thoroughly. Caldwell Zoo has the right to cancel these programs at any time without prior notice for full refund. If your student jeopardizes the welfare of an animal or the safety of anyone in the group they will be removed from the program with no refund. All participants must be the age of their program at the start of the first class. Any campers that are registered for the wrong age group risk their reservation to be cancelled for no refund. Age will be verified on the first day of class. Please call 903-593-0121 for more details on limitations. Prices are subject to change without notice.
Please feel free to contact our Education Department at education@caldwellzoo.org or by calling us at 903-593-0121 ext. 228.
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