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. Registration will open on August 1, 2014.


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.

Bear Hugs
Tuesday, September 9; Wednesday, September 10; or Thursday, September 11 from 10:00-11:00 A.M.
Otter Be Fun
Tuesday, September 23; Wednesday, September 24; or Thursday, September 25 from 10:00-11:00 A.M.
Got Your Goat!
Tuesday, October 7; Wednesday, October 8; or Thursday, October 9 from 10:00-11:00 A.M.
Monkey See Monkey Do
Tuesday, October 21; Wednesday, October 22; or Thursday, October 23 from 10:00-11:00 A.M.
All Ears
Tuesday, November 4; Wednesday, November 5; or Thursday, November 6 from 10:00-11:00 A.M.
Let's Talk Turkey
Tuesday, November 18; Wednesday, November 19; or Thursday, November 20 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.

Registration Policy

For 5-6 Year Olds

Whatza Wolverine?
September 20
Tiger Tales
November 1
Marmoset Mania
November 22
Arctic Explorers
December 13

For 7-9 Year Olds

Monkey Business
September 6
Oh Deer!
September 27
Crazy Cockatoos
October 25
Falcon Fever
November 8
Penguin Party
December 20
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.
Registration Policy


Classes For Ages 10 to 12

The Tricks to Animal Training
September 13
Kitty Care
October 11
Owl-ology
November 15
Animal Piñata Party
December 6
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, September 6 to Saturday, November 8, 2014.

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, August 1, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. No registrations will be allowed before this date.

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