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

We will have up to 15 students and two teachers per class.

All students must be at least 4 years old before the first date of their session. For students with birthdays 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.

Just a reusable water bottle and a smile! Your student is welcome to bring a camera if they would like, but we ask that your students leave everything else at home, including toys, stuffed animals, books, etc. If your student has a cell phone that you would like them to bring with them, they are welcome to bring it and have it off unless an emergency arises. If we notice the cell phone becoming a distraction, we will hold it until the end of class.

If you know your student will not be in class on the day of his/her session, or if you are running late, please let us know as soon as possible. You may email us at education@caldwellzoo.org, or call us at 903-593-0121 ext. 228.

Parents and siblings are welcome to enjoy the zoo while we are in class, but each parent and sibling must exit the bus lot and go through the main entrance in order to walk around the zoo. If you are a member, you will have to be scanned in. 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 from the main entrance to the bus parking lot to drop them off, so that you can avoid moving your car.
No, because this is a drop-off program, we do not have space to accommodate parents remaining with the group. Having family around can be distracting for the students, and we want all participants to get the most out of every class.

Sessions will occur rain or shine! Please send your child in the appropriate clothing. Due to child safety, if your child is not appropriately dressed for the weather, the camp staff has the right to send them home. In case of lightning, all activities will move indoors. If weather is predicted that is severe enough to warrant canceling, Education staff will contact all participants.

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 it is before the start of the first session date. 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.

We welcome children with special needs! We ask that the guardian inform us of the needs of the child so we are able to accommodate. 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.

This program does not replace a science curriculum. This is a supplementary science based learning experience that includes hands on exploration and experiment based learning. Your child must be able to cooperatively play, sit, and listen for 10 minutes. Students 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.

Please call 903-593-0121, and they will coordinate with your child's teacher.

If your child will be absent, please let us know at least an hour in advance. There are no refunds or make-up days for time missed.
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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