Classes
Hop over to Henson Robinson Zoo’s classroom! We use games, crafts, zoo walks, and animal visits to learn about animals! All classes require pre-registration and pre-payment at least 24 hours before the class. To register by phone, call the Education Curator at (217)585-1821 and pay using your credit card. To register by mail, complete the registration form [PDF, 63k] & send it with payment to: Henson Robinson Zoo Education Department, 1100 East Lake Shore Dr., Springfield, IL 62712. Once you register & pay, no refunds will be given. If you wish to withdraw a student from class, you must call the Education Curator at least 24 hours prior to class in order to receive a voucher for future classes or camps. If you withdraw with less than 24 hours notice, don’t show for class, or call us after the class has taken place, you will NOT be allowed to receive a voucher or move a student to another class.

Click on one of the following links for more information about the variety of classes the zoo offers.



Please note the age requirements for each class. Only students of the appropriate age will be admitted. Also, please inform us of your child's food or animal allergies.
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Zoo Tot


Zoo Tot classes, held in our zoo classroom, are a chance for you and your child (ages 2-5) to share a fun and educational experience at the zoo together! Each class includes stories, animal visits, cool crafts, games, and more! Fees per class for one adult and one child are $8.00 for Springfield Park District Residents or zoo members and $10.50 for Non-Residents and Non-Members. Costs are $5.00 per extra child enrolled. Due to space restrictions, you may not bring more than one grown-up per class. You may register for either the Tuesday, Wednesday OR the Thursday class. You must pre-register and pre-pay for each class at least 24 hours before the class.


To register, send in a registration form [PDF, 63k] with payment or call us at (217)585-1821 and pay with your credit card. Please note the age requirements; only students of the appropriate age will be admitted.

Preposterous Penguins
Tuesday, Feb. 10 or Wednesday, Feb. 11 or Thursday, Feb. 12 from 10:00-11:00 A.M.
Irresistible Owls
Tuesday, Feb. 24 or Wednesday, Feb. 25 or Thursday, Feb. 26 from 10:00-11:00 A.M.
Funny Ferrets
Tuesday, March 10 or Wednesday, March 11 or Thursday, March 12 from 10:00-11:00 A.M.
Silly Snakes
Tuesday, March 24 or Wednesday, March 25 or Thursday, March 26 from 10:00-11:00 A.M.
Wacky Wallaroos
Tuesday, April 7 or Wednesday, April 8 or Thursday, April 9 from 10:00-11:00 A.M.
Looney Lemurs
Tuesday, April 21 or Wednesday, April 22 or Thursday, April 23 from 10:00-11:00 A.M.
All classes are subject to change.


Zooper Edventures


Zooper Edventures classes are held on Saturdays from 1:00-3:00 P.M. and are filled with theme related games, crafts, a zoo discovery walk and fun learning! Zooper Edventures are $10.00 per class for Springfield Park District Residents & zoo members and $12.50 per class for non-residents. Pre-registration is required.

To register, either send in a registration form [PDF, 63k] with your payment or call the zoo at (217)585-1821 and pay by credit card. Registration forms may be returned to: Henson Robinson Zoo, Education Department, 1100 East Lake Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62712.

Please note the age requirements for each class. Only students of the appropriate age will be admitted. Also, please inform us of your child's food or animal allergies.

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For 5-6 Year Olds

Turtlenecks
Saturday, February 21
Lion Pride
Saturday, March 7
Rhino Rumble
Saturday, March 21
Egg-stravaganza
Saturday, April 4
Parrot Parade
Saturday, April 25

For 7-9 Year Olds

Super Snakes
Saturday, February 14
Critter Cuisine
Saturday, March 14
Tricky Tracks
Saturday, April 11
All classes are subject to change.

Project H.O.W.L. (Helping Out Wild Life)



Take action...with Project H.O.W.L.! Students, ages 10-12, will create and help present enrichment items to enhance the zoo animals' lives and stimulate new behaviors. Project H.O.W.L. takes place in the zoo classroom and on zoo grounds on Saturdays from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Each Project class is $10.00 for Springfield Park District residents & Springfield Zoological Society members & $12.50 for non-residents.

To register for one or more of the classes, To register, either send in a registration form [PDF, 63k] with your payment or call the zoo at (217)585-1821 and pay by credit card. Registration forms may be returned to: Henson Robinson Zoo, Education Department, 1100 East Lake Drive, Springfield, Illinois 62712

Please note the age requirements for each class. Only students of the appropriate age will be admitted.
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Classes For Ages 10 to 12

Rep Prep
Saturday, February 7
Monkeying Around
Saturday, February 28
Bear Care
Saturday, March 28
Pollinator Rescue Squad
Saturday, April 18
All classes are subject to change.



Junior Zookeeper



This 8 class course for kids ages 13 to 17 meets on Saturdays and runs from Saturday, June 6 to Saturday, August 1, 2015.

In each 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Saturday session, Junior Zookeepers are challenged with hands on activities that allow them to learn about how Henson Robinson Zoo operates and how we care for the animals within the zoo.
Here's what Junior Zookeepers are doing this fall!
Class 1: Behind the Scenes Tour
Class 2: Zookeeper Shadowing
Class 3: The Care and Handling of Reptiles & Amphibians
Class 4: The Care and Handling of Birds
Class 5: The Care and Handling of Mammals
Class 6: Animal Health: Diets and Vet Care
Class 7: Animal Behavior Research
Class 8: Animal Enrichment Projects
This class is not an opportunity to play with the animals. There will be limited animal contact. However, Junior Zookeepers is a chance to get real zookeeper experience which involves all aspects of zoo keeping. This sometimes means hard work and getting dirty, but also includes many rewarding experiences.

The Junior Zookeeper program is $100.00 for Springfield Park District Residents & zoo members and $120.00 for non-residents. To register, either send in your registration form [PDF, 63k] with your payment or call us at (217)585-1821 and pay with your credit card. Please note the age requirements; only students of the appropriate age will be admitted.


Enrollment is limited to 10 students and spots fill quickly! The education department will begin taking registrations for the next session of Junior Zookeepers on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. No registrations will be allowed before this date.

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