Generation Conservation is a select team of teenagers who are interested in conserving wild things and wild places. Once a month from February through September, Generation Conservation works collaboratively with several of the Zoo’s conservation partners, such as Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology, Purdue University, and the Nature Conservancy. Each experience is unique and provides hands-on opportunities of learning. Together we can learn, grow and work hard to help keep our planet healthy!
Want to become a part of the team? Teens 16-18 years old are eligible to apply to join Generation Conservation. Applications for the 2020 season will be accepted until Dec. 31. Please contact email@example.com for more information.Apply now!
Learning more about the natural world around us is all about science! With the Zoo’s Saturday Science program, kids can investigate zoological situations by utilizing the scientific method. During this program participants will observe, question and explore areas of the Zoo … and have fun while they’re at it!
These programs are for children only and are drop-off programs.
6-8 year olds:
Polar Animals – Dec. 14 – 9-11:30am
Dolphins & Whales – Feb. 8 – 9-11:30am
9-12 year olds:Snakes & Reptiles – Jan. 11 – 9-11:30am
Marine Mammals – Feb. 22 – 9-11:30am
Start your child on a lifelong path of discovery beginning with our Jungle Juniors Preschool Programs! During these engaging sessions, youngsters ages 3-5 will start learning about the wild world around them. Each program includes hands-on activities, animal artifacts, a Zoo walk, and a story or craft.
These programs are designed for children to work one-on-one together with a parent or caregiver. With every paid child, one adult is admitted free and is required to stay for the program. To ensure that each preschooler has the best experience possible, parents must make alternate childcare arrangements for any siblings who are not signed up for the class.
Sharks – Jan. 15 or Jan. 16 12:30-2pm
Colorful Animals – Feb. 5 9:30-11am or 12:30-2pm
Animal Hide and Seek with colors – Feb. 12 9:30-11am
Animal Patterns (Spots & Stripes) – Feb. 19 12:30-2pm
Penguins – Feb. 26 12:30-2pm
This is designed as a drop-off program to allow preschoolers an opportunity to practice independence in preparation for school.
Sea Lions – Jan. 22 or Jan. 23
Crazy Fish – Feb. 27
Opposites – Feb. 6, 13 and 20
Spaces are limited, so register now for this popular program!
Looking for something new to do with the family? Come and experience an overnight at the Zoo! With our Family Overnight program, you will get to spend the night at the Zoo and participate in a variety of different activities specifically designed for families, including a craft, games, animal stories, a special after-hours Zoo tour and catered breakfast.
Multiple families may sign up for an Indianapolis Zoo Family Overnight. We require a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 45 total participants. If fewer than 20 register, we may have to to cancel the overnight. We will notify families at least 30 days prior to the evening if we have to cancel.
Participants must be at least 6 years old to participate in any Indianapolis Zoo overnight program.