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Home School at the Zoo


Home School registration for the 2016-17 school year is now complete. If you are interested in learning opportunities at the Zoo please check out the following program options to add to your field trip experience:

For Discovery Program options (Pre K – 12th Grade), please click here.

For Field Experience options (Pre K – 6th Grade), please click here.

For Zoo University options (7th – 12th Grade), please click here.

We are excited to offer a learning and discovery experience designed specifically for home school students in 4K – 9th grade. Classes may include live animal demos, interactive discussions, hands–on exploration and guided tours of the Zoo.  

Nature Based Instruction ~ Global Perspectives ~ Conservation Focus

Guided by Alabama College and Career Ready Standards ~ 21st Century Skill Building

Meet Zoo Professionals ~ Exclusive Behind The Scenes Opportunities




*4K-6th $120 $150
7th-9th $130 $160

*Please note that all students attending 4K – K classes MUST be four years of age by August 31, 2016 and must be toilet trained ~ 4K-K classes are 90 minutes in length

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4K – K


Tuesday, September 13th Living vs. Non-Living
Tuesday, October 4th Color Zoo
Tuesday, November 1st Super Senses
Tuesday, December 6th Animal Homes
Tuesday, January 10th Fur, Feathers and Scales
Tuesday, February 7th Life Cycles
Tuesday, March 7th Down on the Farm
Tuesday, April 4th Planet Patrol


1st – 2nd


Tuesday, September 20th Critter Classification
Tuesday, October 11th Circle of Life
Tuesday, November 8th What is a Habitat?
Tuesday, December 13th Backyard Zoo
Tuesday, January 17th Colors at Work
Tuesday, February 14th African Safari
Tuesday, March 14th Skin, Skulls and Scat
Tuesday, April 11th Eco-Art


3rd – 4th


Wednesday, September 14th Tools for Survival
Wednesday, October 5th Biome Blitz
Wednesday, November 2nd Balance of Nature
Wednesday, December 7th Animal Tracks & Sign
Wednesday, January 11th Predator Zone
Wednesday, February 1st Amazing Adaptations
Wednesday, March 1st Alabama WILD
Wednesday, April 5th Recycle for the Planet


5th – 6th 


Wednesday, September 21st Animal Kingdom Overview
Wednesday, October 12th Backyard Biologists
Wednesday, November 9th Endangered and Threatened
Wednesday, December 14th The Role of Research at the Zoo
Wednesday, January 18th Who Runs the Zoo?
Wednesday, February 8th Animal Enrichment
Wednesday, March 8th Behavior Basics
Wednesday, April 12th Water: Properties, Ecology and Conservation


7th – 9th


Wednesday, September 28th Animal Ambassadors
Wednesday, October 19th Zoo Keeper 101
Wednesday, November 16th Zoo Vets
Wednesday, December 14th Food Safety and Nutrition
Wednesday, January 25th Education, Research and Conservation
Wednesday, February 15th SSP: Investigating the Role of Genetics at the Zoo
Wednesday, March 15th Taxonomy and Scientific Nomenclature
Wednesday, April 12th Human Impact on the Environment


Questions: If you have questions about Home School at the Zoo, or you are having trouble registering, the Education Department is here to help! Please call 205-397-3877 or email for assistance.