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Preschool Adventures (Ages 3 - 5)
December 2, 2017 - 9:30am to February 9, 2018 - 9:30am
Event Information

These 90-minute programs focus on a special animal or area of the Zoo, and present opportunities for adult/child pairs to make discoveries together.  Programs include a lesson, activity, a craft, an up-close encounter with one of our education animals, and a walk to an exhibit. Please note: This program does not include direct interaction with exhibit animals.

Class Size: 12 max. One adult must accompany each child. We cannot accommodate additional adults or siblings due to space limitations.

Pricing:

  • Members: $14 per child/adult pair
  • Non-members: $42 per child/adult pair

Themes:

  • January 2018 - Moon Bears Click Here to Register NOW
    • Sat 1/6, 1/13, or 1/20 - 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 1/9 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Wed 1/10 - 9:30 am
    • Thurs 1/11 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 1/12 - 9:30 am
  • February 2018 - Farmyard Click Here to Register NOW
    • Sat 2/3 or 2/10 - 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 2/6 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Wed 2/7 - 9:30 am
    • Thurs 2/8 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 2/9 - 9:30 am
  • March 2018 - Zebra Click Here to Register NOW *Please note: this month’s class takes place in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard
    • Sat 3/10, 3/17 or 3/24 - 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 3/6 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Wed 3/7 - 9:30 am
    • Thurs 3/8 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 3/9 - 9:30 am
  • April 2018 - Bison Click Here to Register NOW
    • Sat 4/7, 4/14, or 4/28 - 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 4/3 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Wed 4/4 - 9:30 am
    • Thurs 4/5 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 4/6 - 9:30 am
  • May 2018 - Who's Living in your Backyard? Click Here to Register NOW
    • Sat 5/5, 5/12, or 5/19 - 9:30 am or 12:00 pm
    • Tues 5/1 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Wed 5/2 - 9:30 am
    • Thurs 5/3 - 9:30 am or 1:00 pm
    • Fri 5/4 - 9:30 am

Please note: This program does not include direct interaction with exhibit animals.

Pre-registration is required and ends 48 hours prior to the program. Refunds are only given if the Zoo cancels the program. We must receive requests to transfer the date of your registration at least 48 hours in advance. If there are any changes to your registration, there is a $5 fee.

A minimum of five program participants is required to run a class. Participants will be notified one week before the scheduled class if a class has to be cancelled due to low enrollment, so enroll early!

Questions? Contact programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358.

We strongly recommend you register online for your best chance at securing the session you desire. If you prefer, print out our mail-in registration form and send it to the Zoo using the instructions provided on the form.

Winter Wonder Days - Half-price admission during January & February
January 1, 2018 - 10:00am to February 28, 2018 - 4:00pm
Event Information

Winter Wonder Days are back! It may be cold and even snowy, but it is the perfect weather to see animals outside enjoying nature’s cooler temperatures. Visit the Zoo and enjoy half-price admission through the end of February!

ZooCamp | Winter Adventures (Ages 6-10)
February 19, 2018 - 8:30am to February 23, 2018 - 3:30pm
Event Information

Don't keep the kids inside during February school vacation, send them to Winter Adventures ZooCamp. Children will enjoy a full day of crafts, hands-on and inquiry driven activities, encounters with wild animal ambassadors, and even bundled-up tours of the Zoo. Each camper will get an opportunity to feed the goats in the ALEX AND ANI Farmyard.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Price: Members: $270 / Non-members: $295

Please note: Only campers that attend all five (5) days will receive a t-shirt and ZooCamp Access Pass.

Theme: Winters Around the World - Have you ever wondered what winter is like in different places on Earth? During this camp we’ll explore winter in biomes all around the world. From the frozen arctic to the heat of the desert, no matter what the climate – campers will have fun!  

Campers may be registered for a maximum of one session of each theme. Registrations beyond this maximum will be cancelled. To be placed on a wait-list, please contact programs@rpwzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358

ZooCamp | Winter Tadpole Academy (Ages 4-5)
February 19, 2018 - 8:30am to February 23, 2018 - 3:30pm
Event Information

Tadpole Academy is a great way to introduce 4 - 5 year olds to ZooCamp. Each session is only three hours long and includes stories, crafts, games, encounters with wild animal ambassadors and zoo exploration in a safe, small group of only 15 campers per week. Each Tadpole Academy camper receives a ZooCamp t-shirt, an opportunity to feed the goats in the ALEX AND ANI Farmyard, and a ZooCamp Access Pass. Plus, four and five year old campers may register for both a morning and an afternoon session for a full day of Tadpole Academy! 

Please note: All Tadpole Academy campers must be completely toilet trained (requiring no assistance in the bathroom).

Hours: Monday - Friday, February 19 - 23

  • Morning: 8:30 - 11:30 am *7 spots left
  • Afternoon:12:30 - 3:30 pm

Price: Members: $170 (Full Day $340) / Non-Members: $195 (Full Day $390)

Theme: Storybook Adventures - Explore the world of animals through children's literature! In this week of Tadpole Academy, campers will learn all about the animals that have inspired some of their favorite children’s books.Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 15  |  Australia

  • AM: Eric Carle
  • PM: Leo Lionni

    Please note: We offer supervision between sessions for full day campers. Register your child for a morning and afternoon session of the same week for a full day of Tadpole Academy.

    Campers may be registered for a maximum of one session of each theme. Registrations beyond this maximum will be cancelled. To be placed on a wait-list, please contact programs@rpwzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358

    FrogWatch Trainings
    March 3, 2018 - 1:00pm to March 4, 2018 - 4:00pm
    Event Information

    Amphibian species are disappearing at an alarming rate across the globe due to habitat loss, pollution, and disease. FrogWatch trainings cover the importance of amphibians in the environment, how monitoring our local population helps to protect them, factors to consider in choosing a site to monitor, how to tell frog species apart by their calls and how to report findings to FrogWatch USA. Become a citizen scientist with FrogWatch USA, and help save our frogs!

    Dates:

    • Saturday, March 3: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm *Rescheduled from March 10th to March 3rd
    • Sunday, March 4: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Price: $10/household (includes up to 2 adults and 2 children age 8+)

    FrogWatch trainings cover the importance of amphibians in the environment. The instruction focuses on how to:

    • monitor our local frog population to protect the species;
    • determine factors when choosing a site to monitor;
    • tell frog species apart by their calls; and,
    • report findings to FrogWatch USA.

    After passing a test on identifying frog calls at the end of the training, certified volunteers then commit to monitoring a local amphibian habitat (such as a pond or lake) approximately once a week for about 15 minutes, and collecting/submitting data on what they hear. Data collected will be added to a national FrogWatch USA database. In 2014, Rhode Island FrogWatch citizen scientists followed 80 sites almost 900 times! In those 900 observations, FrogWatchers heard more than 1,220 frog choruses.

    Questions? Contact Programs@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358.

    Please note: FrogWatch trainings will cover a large amount of information and protocols.  While FrogWatching is a great after-dark family activity for all ages, the trainings are designed for interested older children and adults.

     

    Jungle Tales: Conservation in the Rainforests of Panama with Lou Perrotti (Age 11+)
    March 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    Event Information

    The work of Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Director of Conservation, Lou Perrotti, has taken him deep into the rainforests of South America.  Hear stories of encounters with wild animals of all shapes and sizes on his path to protect Panama’s amphibian species, including Panama’s national animal, the Panamanian golden frog.

    Date:  Tuesday, March 6 
    Time:  6:00 pm
    Price: Members: $5/person

     

    Pre-registration required.  All participants age 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

    Breakfast with the Moon Bears (Ages 7+)
    March 25, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:30am
    Event Information

    Marco Polo’s adventure brought him face to face with the exotic animals of the Silk Road, and so will yours!  Start by dining on a hot breakfast buffet of baked pastries, fresh fruit, fluffy scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, breakfast potatoes, orange juice, cranberry juice, coffee, and water.  After breakfast, you’ll join zookeepers that care for the animals of Marco Polo’s Adventure Trek in opening for the day; climb into the bear exhibit to prep it for their arrival, get up close with a camel, and see the snow leopards, red pandas, cranes & takin get their first enrichment of the day.  Capacity is limited to 25 participants, so register early!

    Date: Sunday, March 25
    Time: 8:30 am
    Price: $55 RWP Zoo members; $65 Non-members

    Please note: Capacity is limited to 25 participants. Breakfast with the Animals is rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket price includes a hot breakfast buffet, program, and admission to the Zoo post program. Participants age 15 and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registraion is required. The behind-the-scenes components of this program are not wheelchair accessible.  Some climbing over rocks required.