Good Zoo Summer Education Programs ~

Get ready for a wild summer!

Experience wildlife, nature, science, and the outdoors through exciting experiments and live animal ambassadors! Various summer education programs are available for ages 4 and up. Program sizes are limited, so register early!

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COVID-19 Program Procedures

Online Registration

To register, select the date of your desired program below.

  • Muddy Grubby photo

    Muddy Grubby

    Age 4 – Entering First Grade

    Nothing is too muddy or grubby for us in this new version of our most popular summer education program! It’s all about Nature Play! We’ll find critters in the creek and worms in the mud. Splash, dig, explore, and build. Visit with the animals, create nature art, and more! Make memories as we enjoy summer days exploring nature in this unforgettable program.

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    June 1 – 5

  • Where the Wild Things Are photo

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Age 4 – Entering First Grade

    In this program, we’ll learn about each of the seven continents and use crafts and hands-on activities to recreate the variety of habitats. Then, venture off into the zoo to discover the animals that call these habitats their home! Get a glimpse into the different cultures of the people that share the continents, too – decorate your own boomerang, create an African-inspired necklace, and make “sushi” for some of our animals!

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    July 20 – 24

  • Down on The Farm photo

    Down on The Farm

    Age 4 – Entering First Grade

    There is a lot to learn and do on a farm. Through games, activities, crafts, and songs, participants will learn what it’s like to live in the country. From brushing goats to growing their own crops, children will investigate barnyard animals and some plants, too. Hunt for eggs, “milk a cow,” make homemade ice cream, and maybe even walk a llama. Participants will discover lots of other creatures as we explore the zoo!

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    July 13 – 17

  • Animals in Action photo

    Animals in Action

    Age 4 – Entering First Grade

    Hop like a kangaroo, slither like a snake, and run like a cheetah! Participants will discover why animals move the way they do and see them in action. We’ll start each day with animal yoga, and then use games and activities to explore the athletic capabilities of animals and see how our abilities match up!

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    August 10 – 14

  • Dirty Filthy photo

    Dirty Filthy

    Entering 2nd & 3rd Grade

    Don’t wait to join this popular messy adventure program! Look for icky objects in a forest scavenger hunt! Collect branches to build a simple wilderness shelter. Make your own recycled paper, play in the water, and learn the value of our “cute” and “not-so-cute” zoo animals. Monday through Thursday all activities take place at the zoo, but on Friday afternoon, we’ll take a swim at the outdoor pool.

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    August 3 – 7

  • Keeping It Real photo

    Keeping It Real

    Entering 2nd & 3rd Grade

    Through simulations, activities, and games, we will explore the exciting, rewarding, and demanding jobs at the zoo! Build your own animal exhibit and learn how zookeepers enrich and train animals. Examine real live zoo animals, read x-rays, use a microscope, and compare animal heart beats. You can even join our “I ate a bug club,” if you want, by taste-testing some of the same foods our animals eat. Monday through Thursday all activities take place at the zoo, but on Friday afternoon, we’ll take a swim at the outdoor pool.

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    June 8 – 12

  • Play with the Animals photo

    Play with the Animals

    Entering 2nd & 3rd Grade

    Play With the Animals! Join the zoo’s team to learn about how we make sure that the animals at the zoo are happy, healthy, and display natural behaviors. You’ll help us make special enrichment items and treats for the zoo animals and learn about how we train animals to assist with health and veterinary procedures. You’ll also get to make an enrichment item for your pet at home! Visit animal ambassadors and more! Monday through Thursday all activities will take place at the zoo, but on Friday afternoon, we’ll take a swim at the outdoor pool and play the training game in the water like a dolphin!

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    June 22 – 26

  • Creatures of the Kingdom photo

    Creatures of the Kingdom

    Entering 2nd & 3rd Grade

    Learn about the diverse creatures of the animal kingdom! From insects to mammals, we will discover what characteristics make these animals who they are. We’ll explore biofacts and live animals to compare and contrast these creatures. Participants will also see where they fit into the kingdom and see how their abilities compare to other species’ through games and activities! Monday through Thursday all activities take place at the zoo, but on Friday afternoon, we’ll take a swim at the outdoor pool.

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    June 29 – July 3

  • Wild Work photo

    Wild Work

    Entering 4th – 8th Grade

    Experience the challenges of working at a zoo in this hands-on program. You will tackle the chores of a keeper, teach “guests” about the animals and do some real research. You will even learn veterinary responsibilities as you share in the care of one of our animals, as well as many other activities to better understand all the wild jobs in a zoo. Interview a real zookeeper and get your most curious questions about life in a zoo answered!  You’ll also get a chance to design your own exhibit. Monday through Thursday all activities will take place at the zoo, but on Friday afternoon, we’ll take a swim at the outdoor pool.

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    June 15 – 19

  • ZSI - Zoo Scene Investigation photo

    ZSI - Zoo Scene Investigation

    Entering 4th – 8th Grade

    A practical joker is creating havoc at the zoo. Animal names and graphics are changed; misinformation is prevalent; and even one of the golf carts is vandalized.  Your help is needed to collect evidence, like fingerprints, and interview suspects. Earn your investigator’s badge as you solve these mysteries and help zoo visitors learn the true facts about the animals as you learn some forensic techniques.  Participants will spend the afternoon participating in sports, swimming at Oglebay’s Outdoor pool and other physical activities. Want to come to camp, but don’t want to go to the pool? Try our ½ day option from 9 am – 12 pm!

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Half Day Option – No Pool)

    July 6 – 10

  • Cats! photo


    Entering 4th – 8th Grade

    Join our zoo’s team for an activity program that focuses on the adaptation, habitats, care, and conservation of wild cats! Participants will assist with making special enrichment items for our cats and then make an enrichment item for their dog or cat at home! Visit with animal ambassadors, play games, and so much more! One day we will test out our balancing skills on Oglebay’s aerial course, and on Friday afternoon, we’ll take a swim at the outdoor pool like tigers and fishing cats!

    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    July 27 – 31

*Registrations must be received at least 7 days prior to the start of any program. If space allows, registrations will be accepted on shorter notice, but will require a late registration fee of $5 per child.

Program Add-Ons

All add-ons available at online registration.

  • Before & After Care – $8 per hour, per child
    Available Monday – Friday from 7:45 – 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
    Before Care RegistrationAfter Care Registration
    *No refunds for unused time, and unused time cannot be transferred to another family. Before and aftercare is available for full day, weekday programs only. 


  • T-shirts – $15 each
    T-shirt orders must be received prior to July 1, 2020.

  • Boxed Lunches – $5.80 per day
    Snacks and drinks will be provided each day. Participants in full day programs must bring a lunch or purchase a boxed lunch from the zoo. Lunches include juice and/or water.

    • Monday – Chicken Nuggets, Fruit Cup, Pretzels, Capri Sun
    • Tuesday – Taco in a Bag, Cheese Stick, Fruit Cup, Capri Sun
    • Wednesday – Half Wrap/Deli Sandwich (Turkey & American Cheese), Cheese Stick, Fruit Cup, Capri Sun
    • Thursday – Mac & Cheese Wedges, Pudding, Pretzels, Capri Sun
    • Friday – Hotdog, Cheese Stick, Applesauce, Capri Sun
      Menu items are subject to change.


Questions? Contact our Zoo Education Department at 304-243-4068.


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