These classes are especially designed for young people (ages 4–9) and their favorite adults. Our activities, excursions, crafts and games will make learning fun for young and old alike. The whole Zoo is our classroom and visits to “behind-the-scenes” areas with zookeepers and trainers will make each class special.

Ages: 4-9 and their favorite adult(s)

Date: offered on select Saturdays and Sundays

Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m. (unless otherwise listed)

Zoo Members: $18.50 per participant
(minimum of 1 adult, 1 child = $37)
Non-Members: $25 per participant
(minimum of 1 adult, 1 child = $50)


This new program provides unique, engaging on-site animal experiences to zoo guests. Types of Close Encounters include special animal enrichment, providing guests with one-on-one opportunities to interact with zookeepers, animal training demonstrations, and a chance to observe and touch fascinating critters, including some that aren’t typically exhibited at the Zoo.

Close Encounters occur every day, throughout the day, in all areas of the zoo. With a growing collection of animals and an average of six Close Encounters presentations daily, this program offers something for all of our guests.

Please check in at the Guest Services Desk for information on the day’s Close Encounters.