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Home School Classes

The Birmingham Zoo Education Department has home school science classes for children in 1st-12th grade.

Classes consist of animal visits, class discussions, in-class work, activities, labs, and homework. Resources and references will be made available for the different classes. Some class materials will be sent home to aid students. The classes are designed to build on one another, but students are not required to attend all topics. Pre-registration is required.

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Pre-registration is required for all classes.
All children must be covered by the Birmingham Zoo membership to get the discount.
Parents may not stay with their children for classes.
Please call (205) 397-3864 or (205) 397-3877for more information and to register or email cbrooks@birminghamzoo.com or camps@birminghamzoo.com.

Refund Policy: Refund requests or class changes must be requested a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the class
date. We will be unable to give any refunds or make any changes once the deadline has passed. A $5.00 processing
fee will be retained for each refund request. No refunds will be given for package deals. All credit must be used within
the current semester and may not be transferred to future semesters. Students will not be able to make up any classes
missed. We are sorry but we are unable to make any exceptions. Thank you.


 

1st – 3rd Grade Science Classes

Class Time:
Thursday 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Cost:
$8.00/student/class for members
$12.00/student/class for non-members

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Class Schedule

Topic Thursday 1:30 – 3:30
Reptiles Jan 28
Birds Feb 11
Mammals Feb 25
Animal Life Cycles Mar 11
What Animals Need to Survive Apr 1
How Animals & Plants Protect Themselves Apr 29

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4th-6th grade Science Classes

Class Time:
Thursday 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Cost:
$8.00/student/class for members
$12.00/student/class for non-members

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Class Schedule

Topic Thursday 1:30 – 3:30
Mollusks, Arthropods & Echinoderms Jan 28
Fish Feb 11
Amphibians & Reptiles Feb 25
Birds Mar 11
Mammals Apr 1
Plant & Animal Life Cycle Apr 29

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7th-12th grade Science Classes

Class Time:
Thursday 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost:
$10.00/student/class for members
$14.00/student/class for non-members

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Class Schedule

Topic Thursday 1:30 – 4:00
Mollusks & Echinoderms Jan 21
Arthropods Feb 4
Fish Feb 18
Amphibians Mar 4
Reptiles Mar 25
Birds green dotApr 8
Mammals May 6

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Home School Art Classes

Students will learn to develop basic drawing and painting skills with animals as their centerpiece. Live animals may be brought to the classroom or students may go see animals on exhibit. Classes for similar grades are held on afternoons of opposite weeks from Homeschool Science classes or on mornings of the same week to allow for greater convenience. Pre-registration is required.


 

2nd-6th grade Home School Art Classes

Class Time:
Thursday 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Cost:
$12.00/student/class for members
$16.00/student/class for non-members

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Class Schedule

Topic Thursday 1:30 – 3:30
Acrylic Painted Big Cats green dotJan 21
Line Drawing Birds green dotFeb 4
Tints & Shades Painted Animals in Winter green dotFeb 18
Wax Resist Reptiles green dotMar 4
Oil Pastel Savanna Animals green dotMar 25
Print Making Insects green dotApr 8
Ink & Wash Alabama Animals green dotMay 6

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green dot = Open Class

green dot = Closed Class


 

7th-12th grade Home School Art Classes

Class Time:
Thursday 9:00 – 11:00 am

Cost:
$12.00/student/class for members
$16.00/student/class for non-members

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Class Schedule

Topic Thursday 9:00am – 11:00am
Acrylic Painted Small Cats green dotJan 21
Line Drawing Australian Animals green dotFeb 4
Tints & Shades Painted Reptiles green dotFeb 18
Wax Resist Endangered Animals green dotMar 4
3-Dimensional Oil Pastel Hogs green dotMar 25
Print Making Chickens green dotApr 8
Ink & Wash Micro Animal Detail green dot May 6

Home School Days

Students will complete activities in the classroom and in the Zoo and visit appropriate animal areas. Lunch can be added for $6 per student. It includes a hamburger, baked chicken nuggets, turkey wrap, grilled cheese sandwich, or hot dog with chips and a drink. Students may also bring their own lunch. A refrigerator is available. Pre-registration is required.


 

2nd – 4th grade Home School Days

Class Time:
Friday 9:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Cost:
$20.00/student/class for members
$25.00/student/class for non-members

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Class Schedule

Topic Friday 9:00 – 2:00
An All American Bird: The Bald Eagle green dotFeb 12
Critter Construction green dotMar 5
The American Alligator: A Living Legend green dotApr 9

Legend

green dot = Open Class

green dot = Closed Class


 

5th – 8th grade Home School Days

Class Time:
Friday 9:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Cost:
$20.00/student/class for members
$25.00/student/class for non-members

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Class Schedule

Topic Friday 9:00 – 2:00
Predator vs. Prey green dotFeb 12
Zoovivor Challenge green dotMar 5
Where Did the Water Go? green dotApr 9

Legend

green dot = Open Class

green dot = Closed Class