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Miller Park Zoo offers a variety of fun & educational programs throughout the year. Registration is required for all classes.

All program registration is handled through the Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department. Click here for registration information.

For additional information on Zoo programs contact us at (309) 434-2250.


 

Animal Crackers for ages 3 - 5 & a grown-up

Animal Crackers is a Miller Park Zoo classic. Join us once each month for a story, animal encounter, craft, & snack. Our topic is always a surprise and we have a great time guessing which animal will visit! One adult accompanies each child to class but does not pay an additional registration fee. The registration fee includes admission to the Zoo for the participating child & one adult on the day of class. Min. 7/Max 14.

  • Unregistered siblings of any age may not attend.
  • Children must be at least three years old to participate.
  • Classes are identical in each session, so register for only one class each month.

ANIMAL CRACKERS SPECIAL
Get 7 Animal Crackers classes for the price of 6!!
Encourage your child’s interest in nature by attending this class for 3-5 year-olds. Class sessions are held in January, February, June, July, August, September and October.
Members $48 ($56 value): Non-members $78 ($91 value)
Go to bloomingtonparks.org and register for the Animal Crackers Promo.

Registration fee:

  • $13 per child per class
  • $8 per child per class for MPZS members
SESSION Time
SESSION ONE  
Tues., June 4 10:00 - 11:00 am 
Tues., June 4  6:00 - 7:00 pm
Wed., June 5 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Wed., June 5 6:00 - 7:00 am
Thurs., June 6 9:00 - 10:00 am
Thurs., June 6

2:00 - 3:00 pm 

 SESSION TWO  
 Tues., July 9 10:00 - 11:00 am 
 Tues., July 9 6:00 - 7:00 pm 
 Wed., July 10  1:00 - 2:00 pm
 Wed., July 10 6:00 - 7:00 pm 
 Thurs., July 11 9:00 - 10:00 am 
 Thurs., July 11 2:00 - 3:00 pm
 SESSION THREE  
 Tues., Aug. 6 10:00 - 11:00 am  
 Tues., Aug. 6  6:00 - 7:00 pm 
 Wed., Aug. 7 1:00 - 2:00 pm 
 Wed., Aug. 7 6:00 - 7:00 pm 
 Thurs., Aug. 8 9:00 - 10:00 am 
 Thurs., Aug. 8 2:00 - 3:00 pm 

ZooKids for ages 6 - 7 years old

ZooKids classes are 2-hour adventures that give kids a chance to start in depth learning about animals. This class includes themed stories, crafts, animal encounters and a snack. Registration fee includes Zoo admission for class participants on the day of the class.

Classes are identical in each session, so register for only one class each month.

Registration fee:

  • $13 per child per class for MPZS members
  • $17 per child per class for non members
Session DATE  Time
LEAPIN' LIZARDS
Leapin' Lizards  Tues., June 4 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Leapin' Lizards  Wed., June 5 9:00 - 11:00 am 
Leapin' Lizards Wed., June 5  3:00 - 5:00 pm 
Leapin' Lizards  Thurs., June 6 10:30 am - 12:30 pm 
 RAINFOREST JOURNEY  
 Rainforest Journey Tues., July 9  1:00 - 3:00 pm  
 Rainforest Journey Wed., July 10  9:00 - 11 am 
 Rainforest Journey  Wed., July 10 3:00 - 5:00 pm 
 Rainforest Journey Thurs., July 11  10:30 am - 12:30 pm 
 AMAZING MARSUPIALS    
 Amazing Marsupials Tues., Aug. 6  1:00 - 3:00 pm 
 Amazing Marsupials Wed., Aug. 7  9:00 - 11 am 
 Amazing Marsupials Wed., Aug. 7  3:00 - 5:00 pm 
 Amazing Marsupials Thurs., Aug. 8  10:30 am - 12:30 pm 
 

 "Jeepers Keepers" Mini Camps for Ages 7-17

These exciting classes will give an inside look at the job of our zookeepers! We’ll spend time both in the classroom & out in the Zoo learning about various aspects of the keeper job, including animal feeding, exhibit cleaning, animal husbandry, veterinary care, & animal enrichment. A snack will be
provided. Please wear closed shoes & dress for getting dirty outdoors.
Unregistered siblings of any age may not attend.

Registration fee:
$44 per child per class for MPZS members
$54 per child per class for non-members

Date Time
For ages 10 - 17 July 29 - July 30 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm 
For ages 7 - 9 July 31 - Aug. 2 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

 

The Art of Animals for Ages 8 - 17

Science meets art in this unique program collaboration by Miller Park Zoo & Sugar Grove Nature Center.  We will study the visual and functional aspects of feathers, then use this information to create art in a variety of mediums, including graphite, colored pencil, scratchboard and printmaking. All art materials and a snack will be provided. Classes will take place at Miller Park Zoo 

Registration fee:

  • $20 per person per session
  • $15 per person per session for MPZS members
   
   

 

Zoo Safari Camp for Ages 8 - 9

These Animals Have Class! We'll investigate animal classes, from birds to reptiles to fish. Crafts, games, animal encounters and unique peeks behind the scenes will be highlights of this five-day camp. A snack is provided each day. Campers will be given a t-shirt to wear through the week. 

Activities are identical for each camp session.

Registration fee:

  • $89 per child per session
  • $79 per child per session for MPZS members

Date Time
Mon. - Fri.  June 17 - 21 8:30 - 11:30 am
Mon. - Fri.  June 24 - 28  1:30 - 4:30 pm
Mon. - Fri.  July 15 - 19  8:30 - 11:30 am
Mon. - Fri.  July 22 - 26   8:30 - 11:30 am
Mon. - Fri.  July 22 - 26 1:30 - 4:30 pm 

 

Vermicomposting Workshop Ages 6-17

Do any of these statements describe you?
• You want a pet but you don’t want to deal with a dog to walk, a noisy parrot, or a cat box to clean.
• You generate a lot of carrot peelings and banana peels, and hate to just throw them away.
• You would love to create less garbage but are not sure how.
The answer to all the challenges above involves…. WORMS. Red wigglers, to be precise. Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, is an easy way to recycle food scraps into a rich fertilizer for your plants! These amazing, tiny creatures will actually eat your garbage. This workshop will include everything needed to successfully begin vermicomposting - including worms! Various types of compost systems and techniques will be discussed in addition to troubleshooting tips to avoid potential problems. Participants will make and take home a vermicomposting bin ready for use.
Registration fee:
$26 per child per class for MPZS members
$30 per child per class for non-members
Ages 6- 9 - Friday June 7 - 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Ages 10- 17 - Friday June 7 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Zoo Photography Ages 11 - 17

Learn the art of photographing animals in a zoo setting from expert photographer John Tobias! You’ll have the chance to see the residents of Miller Park Zoo from a new perspective & practice professional techniques for getting “the shot”.
Please bring:
~ a camera (phone cameras cannot be used)
~ a memory card with room for 100+ photos
~ a fully charged battery;bringing an
extra battery is encouraged
Registration fee:
$13 per child per class for MPZS members
$17 per child per class for non-members

Thursday, June 6 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Animal Adventure Camp Ages 10 - 12

Working for a Living
Animal niches will be the theme for a week filled with animal encounters, projects, and activities that will give us a better understanding of the jobs animals do in their ecosystems. A snack is included each day. Campers will be given a t-shirt to wear through out the week.
Activities are identical for each camp session.
Registration fee:
$79 per child per class for MPZS members
$89 per child per class for non-members

M - F - June 17 - 21 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm
M - F - June 24 - 28 from 8:30 - 11:30 am
M - F - July 15 - 19 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm

 

For those 55 Years and Over

Second Wednesday of the month
8:30-9:30 am
$5 per person

Take your morning stroll at the Zoo!  We’ll visit a different area of the Zoo each month & learn about the animals who live there.  You’ll be guided by a knowledgeable staff member who will give you amazing information…and maybe even a peek behind the scenes!  No reservations are required.  Your tour guide will meet you at the Zoo entrance.  Tours will begin promptly at 8:30.