Do you have a school-aged (4-16) 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.
Current Meeting Days/Times:
The remaining sessions for the 2018-2019 program are from 1:30-3:30 pm on the following days:
Tuesday I: Jan. 15, Feb. 5
4-5 year olds Session A
6-8 year olds Session D
Wednesday I: Jan. 16, Feb. 6
4-5 year olds Session B
6-8 year olds Session E
Thursday I: Jan. 17, Feb. 7
4-5 year olds Session C
6-8 year olds Session F
Tuesday II: Jan. 22, Feb. 12
6-8 year olds Session G
9-11 year olds Session H
Wednesday II: Jan. 23, Feb. 13
9-11 year olds Session I
12-16 year olds Session J
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 Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays. With the extended time at the zoo, we will provide a light snack for all students. Watch for registration for the next program to open in the fall.
ZooMembers: $100 for 6 sessions
Non-members: $115 for 6 sessions
Macaw: 4-5 year olds
Pelican: 6-8 year olds
Swan: 9-11 year olds
Eagle: 12-16 year olds
Frequently Asked Questions
We will have up to 16 students and two teachers per class.
For drop-off, the bus lot will open at 12:20 pm and close at 12:40 pm. This is so students can get the most out of their class time. For pick-up, the bus lot will open at 3:15 pm. If you will be late to drop-off/pick-up, please let us know as soon as you can.
Yes. At drop off, parents will sign their student in, along with leaving a number for us to call in case of emergency. We ask that this number is fully accessible the whole time your student is with us. Each student will need to also be signed out before leaving the zoo. When you are picking up your student, you will be asked for your photo ID to ensure that each student is going home with an approved adult.
An approved adult is one of the adults that will be allowed to sign a student out. Before sessions begin, you will be given a choice to list up to three different adults to sign out your student. These adults will need to bring a photo ID with them in order to pick up the student. If someone that is not on your list comes to pick up your student, we will not let them leave until you give us permission to let them go.
Just a snack, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 903-593-0121 ext. 228.
Please feel free to contact our Education Department at email@example.com or by calling us at 903-593-0121 ext. 228.
We do not administer medication of any kind. Our teachers may remind students to take their medication, but cannot hold it for them.
Each session is led by trained instructors. We will not exceed a ratio of ten students to one adult. Our instructors have eyes on every child at all times, and there will always be two adults present with a group of children.
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.
- Be polite and kind to animals and people
- Two feet on the sidewalk at all times
- Stay with your group at all times
- Keep hands and feet to yourself
- Do not approach or touch an animal unless you have been instructed to do so
- Raise your hand and do not talk if others are talking
- Leave your space cleaner than when you found it
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.
Please call 903-593-0121, and they will coordinate with your child's teacher.
Caldwell Zoo staff strives to maintain a safe and positive learning environment at all zoo programs. Staff members are trained in different behavior management techniques that include redirection, quiet time, verbal warnings, discussions or shortening activity time. If a student jeopardizes the safety or enjoyment of the program, staff have the right to send that child home at any time.
The entire education staff is trained in CPR and First Aid, should your child need it. If your child is feeling sick during this program, we will notify their emergency contact. In the case of fever, vomiting, lice, pink eye, or other transmittable illnesses, your child will be sent home immediately.
Caldwell Zoo is not responsible for loss or damage of any personal items brought to the zoo. Children should avoid bringing jewelry or other irreplaceable items. Found articles will be kept for lost and found during your time at the zoo. You may inquire about lost items by talking to a staff member during check-in/out.