Homeschool Zoo Crew

Potter Park Zoo is excited to offer a new program for Homeschool groups and families!

During our two hour drop-off discovery sessions, students will have an opportunity to learn about exciting topics in animal science through lessons, activities, and zoo exploration. Sessions are organized into 4-6 week units, but each session will have a unique theme that can act as a standalone lesson on the selected topic. This allows you to register for one session, all six, or somewhere in between, as it fits your schedule. All sessions are designed around/aligned with NGSS standards for the selected age group.

Sessions will alternate each week between two different age groups – ages 5-8 and 9-12. This means each age group will meet once every two weeks. (See Fall Schedule below for dates.)

 

Times

All sessions will run 9:45-11:45 AM. Please note, there is another class in the room until 9:30 so we will not be able to accept students until after 9:30. There is also a class in the room starting at 12:00 PM so please be sure to pick up students promptly at 11:45.

 

Price

The cost to register for each session is:

$10/child, member

$15/child, non-member

Scholarships available, please call (517) 342-2713 for more information.

 

Class Size

Classes are capped at 16 students. There will be a waitlist available in case seats open up as the session gets closer.

 

Special Needs/Accommodations

Potter Park Zoo is happy to accommodate your child’s needs within our means. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide extended individual support during the class due to staffing restrictions, but we are happy to work with you to allow a paraprofessional or parent/guardian to assist with children requiring individual support. Please call us at (517) 342-2772 if you would like to discuss your child’s needs or would like to meet with the instructor prior to registering.

 

All sessions for this fall are currently full. You can add your child’s information to the waitlist using the registration form here

 

Schedule

Please use the tabs below to look at dates and themes for each session.

 

Ages 5-8 Fall 2022

 

All of the age 5-8 sessions for this fall are currently full. You can add your child’s information to the waitlist using the registration form here

 

Sep 16, 2022

Habitats 1: The Four Components of Habitat

Students will explore the essential components of habitat – food, water, shelter, space – and how animals compete for these resources in the wild. We will also discuss how these needs are met here at the zoo.

 

Sep 30, 2022

Habitats 2: What’s a Biome?

Students will learn about weather, climate, and geography as we start to explore the biomes of the world and the animals who live there.

 

Oct 14, 2022

Habitats 3: Tundra and Temperate Forests

Students will learn more about animals that live in the tundra, taiga/boreal forest, and temperate forest biomes. We will explore some of the adaptations these animals have that help them survive in their home and how they interact with one another in an exploration of ecosystems and food chains.

 

Oct 28, 2022

Habitats 4: Tropical Forests

Students will learn more about animals that live in tropical forests. We will explore some of the adaptations these animals have that help them survive in their home and how they interact with one another in an exploration of ecosystems and food chains.

 

Nov 11, 2022

Habitats 5: Mountains

Students will learn more about animals that live in the mountains. We will explore some of the adaptations these animals have that help them survive in their home and how they interact with one another in an exploration of ecosystems and food chains.

 

Dec 2, 2022

Habitats 6: Grasslands

 Students will learn more about animals that live in grasslands. We will explore some of the adaptations these animals have that help them survive in their home and how they interact with one another in an exploration of ecosystems and food chains.

Ages 9-12 Fall 2022

 

All of the age 9-12 sessions for this fall are currently full. You can add your child’s information to the waitlist using the registration form here

 

Sep 23, 2022 

Adaptations 1: Physical Adaptations

Students will explore some of the physical adaptations that allow animals to survive and compete with one another in the wild. Exploration will feature observations of live animals as well as physical examination of pelts and artifacts.

 

Oct 7, 2022

Adaptations 2: Behavioral Adaptations

Students will explore some of the ways in which animals adapt their behavior to survive in the wild and how these behaviors work in concert with the physical adaptations that animals have to make them uniquely suited to their habitats.

 

Oct 21, 2022

Adaptations 3: Sensory Adaptations

Animals have wild senses! We will be exploring some of the unique sensory adaptations that exist in the natural world and comparing them with our own sensory systems.

 

Nov 4, 2022

Adaptations 4: Adaptations at Different Life Stages

Animals change as they grow, some of them very dramatically! We will be looking at how and why animals express different adaptations at different points in their life cycle and how this helps them to survive in the wild.

 

Nov 18, 2022

Adaptations 5: Natural Selection

Survival of the fittest! We will be exploring animal adaptations and how variation and selection can lead to the development of entirely new traits, behaviors, or even species.

 

Dec 9, 2022

Adaptations 6: Artificial Selection

Did you know that Chihuahuas and Great Danes are both members of the same species? How did we get so many different breeds of dogs? What’s a hybrid? Students will learn about how humans can influence the traits of species using selective breeding.

Schedule