Maryland homeschool students (grades PreK4-12) are eligible to register for a field trip through the grant-funded Free Admission for Maryland Students program. Registration and a minimum of two-weeks’ notice is required to participate. Documentation of home school status (e.g., an umbrella card, a recent home school review, a letter from the school system) may be requested to complete your reservation.
Homeschool classes in Fall 2017 will take place on every other Friday beginning Septemb
Cheetah Cub classes are 50-minute, interactive sessions that focus on a particular topic. See the list of options below. Each class may be taken individually, or all six classes may be reserved at a discounted rate. This year, we are learning about conservation, some of the particular issues that affect specific groups of animals, and how people of all ages can get involved in saving some of their favorite creatures!
What is Conservation? SOLD OUT- Waitlist Available
September 22, 12:30-1:30
The basics of conservationism.
Big Cat Carnival SOLD OUT- Waitlist Available
October 6, 12:30-1:30
The ecology of lions, tigers, leopards, and other large felines.
Knee Deep in Frogs SOLD OUT- Waitlist Available
October 20, 12:30-1:30
Unique amphibian adaptations.
Big Eaters SOLD OUT- Waitlist Available
November 3, 12:30-1:30
Megaherbivores and their place in the natural world.
Creatures Of the Night SOLD OUT- Waitlist Available
November 17, 12:30-1:30
Protecting local animals, many of which are nocturnal.
The Coolest Critters SOLD OUT- Waitlist Available
December 1, 12:30-1:30
Polar bears and other arctic animals.
Lion’s Pride classes are 90-minute sessions that involve critical thinking and application of high-level science, math, language, and social studies concepts. Part I and part II of each course must be taken together, or all six classes may be reserved at a discounted rate. This year, we are engaging in a series of town-hall style discussions that involve role play to explore multiple views of conservation issues in the real world.
Part I: September 22, 2:00-3:30
Part II: October 6, 2:00-3:30
A look at human-wildlife conflict in Namibia. Both classes must be taken.
Penguins in Peril
Part I: October 20, 2:00-3:30
Part II: November 3, 2:00-3:30
Oil spill! Can the residents of South Africa work together to save their local penguin colony? Both classes must be taken.
Rarer and Rarer Raptors
Part I: November 17, 2:00-3:30
Part II: December 1, 2:00-3:30
A choice between keeping a dangerous pest and protecting native predators. Both classes must be taken.
To request participation in a class, please use our homeschool classes request form below.
Cheetah Cubs classes are $15 per individual section, and Lion’s Pride classes are $30 for each pair of sections. You can also request all classes in either session for a reduced price of $75. Once you submit your form, we will contact you for confirmation, payment, and more information.
For more information about Home School programs at The Maryland Zoo, please contact the Education Department at email@example.com.