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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 Spring 2014 Classes, Dates and Themes

PreSchool Cub Club

Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00am
Age: 3-5 year olds (Note: Parent is not required to stay with child.)
Price:   $15/Member; $20/Non-Member
This new class series will allow your child to celebrate a “holiday” each month in a special group atmosphere.  In the Cub Club, children will learn about exciting holidays through activities, crafts, books, animal encounters and Zoo explorations.

Please note: Children do not have to attend all sessions to participate.

Class Schedule

Groundhog’s Day
January 29th
Learn about the story of Groundhog’s Day.  Meet some friends of the groundhog and explore your own shadow in this historic celebration.

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
February 26th
It’s a birthday party for one of our favorite authors – Dr. Seuss! Celebrate with your favorite stories, themed crafts and meet the Zoo’s “Seuss-like” animals.

Get Outside Day
April 2nd
Explore the world around us with a special scavenger hunt, arts and crafts and animal encounters with Alabama natives. Today is the day to get outside and play!

Bird Day
April 30th
Celebrate our fascinating feathered friends by playing games, making crafts and meeting some of the Zoo’s special birds.  Come flash your feathers and learn about birds from around the world.

Stroller Safari: A Walk on the Wild Side     

Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:15-10:00am
Age: Infants – 1 year-olds (Note: Parent must stay with child – limit one adult per child.)
Price: $8/Member; $12/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 and take a walk around the Zoo to learn more about the animals that call the Zoo home.

Please note: The majority 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

Rough Scales
January 21st, 24th
Some scales feel smooth, while others feel rough. Spend time with some of the Zoo’s slithery creatures and learn to recognize different textures.

Fuzzy Fur
February 4th, 7th
Have you ever wondered why mammals have fur? Learn all about what makes an animal’s fur special and feel the different types for yourself!

Heroic Horns and Hooves
February 18th, 21st
Wow! Those things are pointy! March on down to the Zoo and discover how sharp horns and hooves help protect various animals.

Smooth Shells
March 4th, 7th
Knock, knock! Is anybody home? Take a peek inside the protectant shells of tortoises, turtles and snails to see where these animals call home.

Soft Feathers
March 18th, 21st
If you had feathers, would you strut like a peacock? Flap like a flamingo?  Soar like an eagle? Fly over to the Zoo for a day and uncover the different uses of feathers.

Tall Tails
April 8th, 11th
Tails come in all shapes and sizes, and they are used for everything from swimming to sports! Swing on over and try and catch the primate tails in action!

Wispy Whiskers
April 22nd, 25th
Twitching, feeling, turning, sensing… See how nocturnal animals use whiskers to find their way in the dark.

Thick Skin
May 6th, 9th
Some animals are known for having thick skin. Pack a bag and trek on over for a look at thick-skinned pachyderms like the Zoo’s hippopotamus, rhinoceros and elephants.


Zoo Tots: Animal Adaptations 

Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30-11:30am
Age: 2 – 3 year-olds (Note: Parent must stay with child – limit one adult per child.)
Price: $10/Member; $15/Non-Member

This class will generate a special excitement and love for animals through up-close animal encounters, a variety of books, crafts and songs.  Watch your child use his or her eyes and ears to learn about the amazing world of animals in each fun-filled class.

Class Schedule

Slithery Sliders
January 21st, 24th
Slide down to check out everyone’s favorite slithering species and learn how some can grow to be colossal creatures.

Playful Predators
February 4th, 7th
They jump up and pounce down! Zoom in on some of the Zoo’s most playful predators.

Down on the Farm
February 18th, 21st
Life is a balancing act in the barnyard. What can you do to help? Head over to the barn and learn how you and these animals can help our farmers.

Just Add Water
March 4th, 7th
Splash on over to learn about animals that spends their day soaking away.

Backyard Buddies
March 18th, 21st
Explore the Zoo’s “Alabama Wilds,” and find out which animals might live in your own backyard.

Monkey Business
April 8th, 11th
Many primates look and act a lot like humans! Join the Zoo as we swing over to the Primate Building to learn what apes and monkeys do for fun.

Savanna Safari
April 22nd, 25th
Spots, stripes, short or tall, in the Savanna you can find them all! Explore Trails of Africa for a lesson on various animal features and characteristics.

Interesting Insects
May 6th, 9th
Be captivated by the beauty of incredible insects, and discover how butterflies get their wings.


Zoo Explorers: Moving Like the Animals

Fridays, 9:30-10:45am
Age: 4-5 year-olds (Note: Parent is not required to stay with child.)
Price: $12/Member; $18/Non-Member

This class will allow your child to explore his or her wild side.  Children can jump, dance and wiggle as they learn about animals from around the world.  Each class features an exploration of global animals, an up-close animal encounter, fun activities like arts and crafts and much more!

Class Schedule

Winter Wonderland
January 17th
Brr, its cold outside! Do you know how animals stay warm? Come learn how winter weather affects the Zoo animals.

Sleep Tight
January 31st
Take a closer look at how animals get ready for bed. Learn to recognize the difference between nighttime snoozers and those that wake up while the world sleeps.

Shake, Rattle and Roll
February 14th
Whether by hissing, hiding, crawling or running, take a look at how certain scaly critters keep themselves safe in the wild.

What’s for Dinner?
February 28th
Did you know some animals only eat meat, and some only eat plants? Take a bite out of this class for a crash course on animal diets.

Look Who’s Talkin’
March 14th
Open your ears to the wild variety of animal sounds at the Zoo. Listen and learn to hear how animals communicate with one another.

Splish, Splash
April 4th
Some animals get wet while others take dry baths. Dive in to this course for a closer look at what animals do to keep clean.

Who’s My Mama?
April 18th
Baby animals have mamas too. Learn different baby names and see how to tell whose mama is whose.

Trail Trekkin’
May 2nd
Handprints, footprints and paw prints galore! Trek over to the Zoo for a lesson on the different tracks animals leave behind.


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

Education Summer Office Hours:
9:00AM – 3:00PM, Sunday – Saturday, until August 17, 2014.

For the safety of all campers, students and participants, all Education programs are nut-free programs. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Walnuts
  • Any/all nut products