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Animal Ed-Ventures


Come enjoy the Birmingham Zoo’s Animal Ed-Ventures classes. These preschool classes are designed for children up to five years-old. Each class provides students with a one-of-a-kind learning experience.

Space is limited, and classes fill up quickly. Please register in advance to guarantee your child a spot.

For further details regarding registration, discounts and more, click the Info Packet button below.


If you have questions about the HomeSchool Academy, or you are having trouble registering, the Education Department is here to help! Please call 205-397-3877 or email for assistance.



Animal Ed-Ventures 2014-2015 Classes, Dates and Themes

Keeper Kids

Fridays, 9:30-11:00am
Age: 3-5 year olds (Note: Parent must stay with child – limit one adult per child.)
Price per class: $18/Member; $24/Non-Member
Price per semester: $42/Member; $60/Non-Member
This new class will give a behind-the-scenes look at the Zoo. Explore how the keepers take care of the animals and the many things they do each day. There may even be opportunities for children to participate in activities that help the animals.

Class Schedule

February 6, 2015 – What Do Animals Eat? - Visit the Zoo’s Animal Nutrition Center to find out what different animals eat and learn how the keepers make breakfast, lunch and dinner for all of the animals in the Zoo.
March 6, 2015 – The Smallest to the Tallest - Learn about the tallest animals in the world as you visit the giraffes. Discover how tall they are and where they live at the Zoo.
April 10, 2015 – Goody for Goats - Join the keepers in the barn and create activities for the goats. Help the keepers and watch the goats play.


Stroller Safari    

Tuesdays, 9:15-10:00am
Age: Infants – 1 year-olds (Note: Parent must stay with child – limit one adult per child.)
Price per class: $9/Member; $12/Non-Member
Price per semester: $104/Member; $143 Non-Member

This class will allow parents and little ones to spend time together developing a love for animals. In each class, students will experience an up-close animal encounter in the classroom, animal biofacts and take a stroll around the Zoo to learn more about the animals that call the Zoo home.

Please note: Part of this class will be spent outdoors so please dress accordingly.  Classes will not be cancelled due to weather. Alternate activities may be planned in the case of heavy rain and/or thunderstorms.

Class Schedule

Month of January
1/20 - N is for Nests
1/27 - O is for Otters

Month of February
2/3 - P is for Pachyderms
2/10 – Q is for Quills
2/17- R is for Rodents
2/24 – S is for Snakes

Month of March
3/3 – T is for Turtles
3/10 - U is for Underground
3/17 – V is for Vultures
3/24 – W is for Water

Month of April
4/7 - X is for Fox
4/14 - Y is for You at the Zoo
4/21 - Z is for Zebra


Zoo Tots  

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am
Age: 2 – 3 year-olds (Note: Parent must stay with child – limit one adult per child.)
Price per class: $12/Member; $16/Non-Member
Price per semester: $121/Member; $165/Non-Member
This class will generate a special excitement and love for animals through up-close animal encounters, books, crafts and exploring the Zoo. Watch your child use his or her senses to learn how animals use theirs.

Class Schedule

Month of January

1/20 – Winter at the Zoo – Explore what the animals do in winter at the Zoo.
1/27 – Paws and Claws – Take a closer look at some of the predators at the Zoo
and the many ways they use their claws.

Month of February

2/3 – Scales and Shells – Spend time with the zoo’s reptiles.
2/10 – Tall Tails – Find out how animals’ tails are used for many purposes.
2/17 – Fuzzy Wuzzy Fur – Come learn about different types of furry animals at the
2/24 – Thick Skin – Take a walk to see the Hippo, Rhinos, and Elephants.

Month of March

3/3 – Monkeying Around – Swing on over to see the primates in action.
3/10 – Fancy Feathers – Uncover the use of different types of feathers.
3/17 – Offensive Odor – Come see the cool ways animals use smells to stay safe.
3/24 – Slippery Swimmers – Slide in and explore how water animals spend their days.

Month of April

4/7 – Hard Horns and Hooves – Explore how horns and hooves help protect animals.
4/14 - Tasty Treats – Take a closer look at our animals’ favorite snacks.
4/21 – Beautiful Butterflies – Be captivated by the beauty of insects and discover how butterflies get their wings.


Zoo Explorers

Fridays, 9:30-10:45am
Age: 4-5 year-olds (Note: Parent is not required to stay with child.)
Price per class: $15/Member; $20/Non-Member
Price per semester: $154/Member; $209/Non-Member
This class will allow your child to explore the Zoo through up-close animal encounters, biofacts, crafts and stories. Come take a look inside a book and learn about the amazing world of animals.

Class Schedule

Month of January

1/16 - Last Night at the Zoo – Ever wonder what goes on at the zoo when no one is here? Come find out!
1/23 – Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late – Learn about different types of birds and some of their amazing features.
1/30 – The Day Jimmy’s Boa Constrictor Ate the Wash – Learn the difference between venomous snakes and constrictors.

Month of February

2/13 – Five Little Monkeys – Swing on over to see the primates in action and learn the difference between apes and monkeys.
2/20 – What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? – Learn how various animals use their tails.
2/27 – Look Out for the Big Bad Fish – Meet some of the animals that live right here in Alabama.

Month of March

3/13 – Nursery Rhyme Scavenger Hunt – Listen to some of our favorite nursery rhymes and try to guess the missing animal.
3/20 – There’s an Alligator Under my Bed – Find out how alligators spend their days.
3/27 - The Hiccuping Hippo – Meet all of our pachyderms and learn how their thick skin protects them.

Month of April

4/17 – The Foolish Tortoise – Do you think a turtle can leave its shell? Find out the answer and more.
4/24 – The Hungry Caterpillar - Be amazed by the transformation that takes place when a butterfly gets its wings.


Junior Zoo Vets After School Lab

jvc10Over the course of 8 weeks this hands on class explores the methods Zoo vets use to take care of all the animals at the Zoo, and even gives participants the opportunity to do their very own Zoo vet lab experiments.  Through demonstrations, behind the scenes tours, and hands on opportunities, students learn basic skills in providing medical care for animals, like giving medical exams on different species, minimizing stress on animals, learning to use a stethoscope and much more.

Price: $225 for members and $250 for non-members
Age: Open to 4th -6th graders
Minimum of 8/ Maximum of 15

Class Schedule

Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30 in March and April 

Additional Forms:

Education Class Sign In/Out Form: Once registered, complete this form and bring it to the first day of camp.

Education Class Request to Self-Medicate Form: For campers needing to take medication, please complete this form and follow the instructions to send it to the Education Department.


If you have questions about the Animal Ed-venture classes, or you’re having trouble with registration, the Education Department is here to help! Please call 205-397-3877 or send an email to

Allergy Information

The Birmingham Zoo is a facility that uses nuts and nut products for animal diet purposes. Traces of nuts or nut products may be found in areas where animal feedings are conducted and areas where Programs and Educational animal demonstrations are performed. The safety of our guests remains a top priority and the Zoo takes precautions to provide a safe environment.

In the Education Programs Department, safety precautions include:

  • Teachers are trained to recognize the physical characteristics that indicate an allergic reaction is occurring and proper responses to take when a student has a reaction.
  • Teachers are trained to properly use EpiPen.
  • Teachers will not offer students any food containing nuts or nut products and all students will be discouraged from bringing snacks/lunches containing nuts or nut products.
  • Teachers will ensure that no nuts or nut products are used as any part of class activities (not involving a live animal demonstrations).