(865) 637-5331

Early Learning at the Zoo!


Turtle Tots
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Log Cabin

This class is designed to introduce your 2 - 3 year old to the animal kingdom while providing ongoing interaction with zoo staff and other children.  Animal concepts are taught through hands-on learning including crafts, song and dance, games and more.  We will also have an animal visitor every week.  An adult must attend the class with the child.  Only registered siblings of program age may be accommodated.

We offer a 6-week series focusing on a highlighted topic.  Each program in a series builds upon knowledge from the week before so attendance to all classes is recommended.

Fall 2014 Semester

Series One - Where do you live? Animal Homes

Each Thursday from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
August 14 - September 18

Series Two - Animal Feasts (5 weeks)

Each Thursday from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
September 25 - October 23

Series Three - Let's Move! Animal Movement

Each Thursday from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
October 30 - December 18. No class on November 27, December 4, and December 25

Classes will resume in the spring of 2015. Please stay tuned for dates and topics.

Cost and Registration

Pre-registration is preferred.  Walk-ins are welcome if space permits.  Walk-in participants will be charged $5.00 for on-site registration.  Please contact Jessica Hurley at (865) 637-5331 x374 or by email at jlhurley@knoxville-zoo.org for more information.  Registration closes at 4:00 p.m. the Wednesday before a class.  Registration fees are non-refundable.  If you cancel, fees are forfeited.

Click here to download the Turtle Tots registration form.  Fall Turtle Tots Registration.pdf

$15.00 per class / per child

Save $15 by purchasing a full 6-week series for $75.00.  Series 2 is 5 weeks long priced at only $65.00  The child must be registered before the first day of the series to receive this price.

The program fee does not include admission to the zoo.  If you are not a zoo member, you must purchase zoo tickets before attending the class.  Please arrive early enough to take care of admission.  Class will start promptly at 10:30 a.m.

Classes take place rain or shine.  We follow Knox County School System's policy on Snow Day cancellation.

The Zoo Education Department reserves the right to cancel programs with insufficient registration and will provide a full refund in the event of program cancellations. Rates are subject to change.