(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 3 - 5* 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.

* Pre-K 5 year olds only.

Each class is part of a 5 or 6 week series focusing on a special animal topic and builds upon knowledge from the week before. Attendance to all classes is recommended, but not required.

Spring 2015 Semester

Series One - Animal Habitats

Each Thursday from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
January 8 - February 12

Series Two - Animal Colors

Each Thursday from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
February 19 - April 3 (There will be no class on March 19 due to Spring Break)

Series Three - Animal Talk (Communication)

Each Thursday from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
April 10 - May 14

Cost and Registration

Pre-registration is preferred.  Walk-ins are welcome if space permits.  Walk-in participants will be charged $3.00 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.  Early Learning Registration.pdf

$5.00 per class / per child

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.