Nuture your child's love for animals and nature with Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's Zoo Troop programs. These programs use the Zoo as a classroom to encourage children of all ages to investigate, play and learn through hands-on activities and exploration.
Please contact our Education Department at (402) 738-2092 for more information.
Register for a Class
Classes for children up to 3 years of age. Pre-registration and payment is required. An adult must accompany the participant. The registration cost covers one adult and one child. Prices reflect the discount member rate.
Stride into a world of discovery with a fun story to start your adventure then, walk, talk and learn about specific animals. Don't forget the stroller! Registration fee is $8 and includes one adult and one child. This program is geared toward toddlers ages 1 - 2.
Zoo Babies – January 12, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Animals start off small, but grow strong and tall. Learn all about baby animals and how they grow.
Go Gorilla – February 9, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Birds are not the only ones who makes nests – gorillas do, too! Learn and discover everything that make gorillas great.
Sensory Safari – March 9, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Do you smell with your tongue or taste with your feet? Compare how you use your five senses and the way animals do!
Gather your gear and join our explorers program for 2 to 3-year-old children. We will uncover a wide variety of topics including colors, patterns, shapes, habitats and biomes. Imagine the discoveries that will be made!
Counting with a Keeper – January 26, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Being a zoo keeper is really fun. Feeding animals is a daily activity and keepers need to be good at counting out food items. Come and join us as we learn to count with a zoo keeper.
Look Up in the Tree! – February 23, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
They climb, they fly and they swing. Learn about animals that call trees home.
Blooming Butterflies – March 23, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Black, gold, green, and blue…butterflies are really cool. Join us as we discover what butterflies eat, how they grow, and why they come in so many colors.
Cubs programs are for children ages 3 - 4. Pre-registration and payment of $13 per child per session is required. An adult must accompany the participant. The registration cost covers one adult and one child. Prices reflect the discount member rate.
Cold Weather Animals – January 19 or 20, 10 - 11 a.m.
Brrr! How do you stay warm in winter? Animals have many ways to keep warm outside in the cold and snow. Some animals, including reindeer, grizzly bears and wolves, endure the most extreme winter weather.
Silly Old Bear - February 16 or 17, 10 - 11 a.m.
Grab your favorite stuffed bear and bring it along to see some real bears in action! We will learn all about the different kinds of bears you will meet here at the Zoo.
Meet Under the Sea – March 16 or 17, 10 - 11 a.m.
Ever wonder about the animals that live in water? There is a whole world ready to explore right below the surface. Come explore some of the animals that live in the mysterious aquatic areas of the world.
Zoo Troop Pounce programs are for children ages 5 - 9. Pre-registration and payment of $16 per child per session is required. Prices reflect the discount member rate.
L.I.O.N. Zoo Troop is a new series-based class where children learn to understand and respect the world around them through exploration and up-close animal encounters. Kids will be challenged to work together, get outside and have fun!
Our Blue Planet (ages 5 to 6 years) - April 7, 21, 28 10 a.m.-Noon
Explore the water that covers over 70% of our Earth. Children will learn about fresh and salt water, and discover the life that lives within it through hands-on activities and animal encounters. Cost is $45 for all three programs ($18 per program if registering separately). Please call (402) 738-2092 to receive the series discount.
Zoo Troop: Jr. Keeper (ages 7 to 9 years) - January 20, 27 February 3, 1 - 3 p.m.
It takes a lot to run a zoo with 17,000+ animals! Find out how our keepers care for the animals and get an up-close view of some of our favorites. Cost is $45 for all three programs ($18 per program if registering separately). Please call (402) 738-2092 to receive the series discount. Only available to 7 - 9 year olds.
Jr Marine Biologist (ages 7 to 9 years) – March 17, 24, 31 10 a.m.-Noon
Life under water is amazing! Discover the critters who call this place home and meet a few of our very own water-loving animal care crew members. Cost is $45 for all three programs ($18 per program if registering separately). Please call (402) 738-2092 to receive the series discount. Only available to 7 - 9 year olds.
Please note: Each of the series programs focuses on a different topic.
Zoo Troop Mane programs are for children ages 10 - 12. Pre-registration and payment is required. Prices reflect the discount member rate.
Jr Keeper (ages 10 to 12) – February 10, March 17, April 14, May 12 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Did you know there are nearly 20 different crews that care for the Zoo animals? Join us for this series-based class as we explore many of these areas. Meet a keeper, get a behind-the-scenes peek, and discover just what it takes to make animal care a career. Cost is $18 per program. Please call (402) 738-2092 for more information.
Pride programs are for children ages 13 - 18. Pre-registration and payment of $25 per session is required unless noted otherwise. Classes are from 9 a.m. - Noon unless noted otherwise. Prices reflect the discount member rate.
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Family Zoo Adventures are geared toward families with children ages 4 - 9. Pre-registration and payment of $16 per participant. A minimum of one adult and one child is required ($32 total). Prices reflect the discount member rate. Questions? (402) 738-2092.
Breakfast Under the Sea - February 17, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Bring your family to an early morning Zoo experience and see your favorite animals before anyone else during breakfast in the Scott Aquarium! There will be ocean-experience stations to explore, a warm breakfast to enjoy, and fun to be had by all. Register today as space is very limited for this unique experience! Fee: $18 per person.
Adult programs are those ages 18 and older. Pre-registration and payment is required. Prices reflect the discount member rate.