Youth Programs

​​​​​​​​​Saturday Science Programs

Cost: Zoo members $30; non-members $35

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Learning more about the natural world around us is all about science! With the Indianapolis Zoo’s Saturday Science program, kids will be able to investigate zoological situations by utilizing the scientific method. During this three-hour program, participants will observe, question and explore areas of the Zoo … and have fun while they’re at it!

The Zoo hosts Saturday Science Programs on select Saturdays throughout the year. All programs are from 9am to noon unless indicated. ​For more information, please email or call 317-630-2000 between the hours of 9am-3pm Monday-Friday.​​

6-8 Year Olds ​

Dolphins and Whales — April 8

How are we the same as dolphins and whales?  How are we different?  Investigate these questions while we take a close look at the Indianapolis Zoo dolphins.

Elephants — Aug. 12

Explore the world of elephants like a scientist. Observe the Zoo's elephants and discover how scientists in the field study them. Learn about elephant conservation and how you can help protect Africa's elephants. [close]

9-12 Year Olds

Predator Prey — March 4

How do you find food? Or how do you avoid being dinner? Explore the differences between predator and prey species, especially those found at the Zoo.

Aquatic Animals — April 1

Explore the world of aquatic animals from sharks and dolphins to penguins and eels. Learn how the river connects us to these wondrous creatures and what you can do to help protect them.

Birds Bees and Flying Machines — Aug. 19

Birds, bats, bees, and butterflies do it. Ever wondered exactly how hard flight is for animals? Come explore flight and aerodynamics at the Indianapolis Zoo. Visit our Zoo's resident expert flyers, join in fun science experiments, and discover what it is like to be an ornithologist. [close]


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NEW! Career Tours

Cost: Zoo members $45; non-members $50

Interested in a zoo career? Discover the wide variety of zoo careers and learn what it takes to work at a zoo. Go behind the scenes and talk with Zoo staff.​ 

Middle School Career Tour – Saturday, Feb. 25 9-11:30am - SOLD OUT
High School Career Tour – Saturday, Feb. 25 9-11:30am - SOLD OUT

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Junior Paint Out

Cost: Member $30; Non-member $35
Registration opens Jan. 30 • Program runs April 22 9am–noon

Youth ages 9-12 years can get inspired and explore their creative side with the new Junior Paint Out. Participants will create a group art piece as well as individual works. The group art piece will be on display to the public in our summer-long show in the Schaefer Rotunda at White River Gardens, and auctioned off to benefit the Zoo at our annual Naturally Inspired Silent Auction and Artists' Reception presented by The Great Frame Up Downtown.

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