Spring break is just around the corner, which means another Zoo Edventure is on our calendar.

USD 457 students will have March 11 through 15 off from school, and we are inviting first- through fifth-graders to join us at the zoo. We’ll be running a week-long camp during the scheduled break, 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

Zoo Edventures offer continued education through unique hand’s-on experiences. There is fun for everyone, with activities ranging from crafts to games, to meeting animal ambassadors up close. Camps also include take-home memorabilia, such as a custom Zoo Edventure reusable water bottle, as well as the ever-important snacks, after all; it’s hard to stay focused with an empty stomach.

The theme of the camp is, you guessed it, Spring! Zoo education specialists will guide campers through the ins and outs of this colorful and ever-changing season. They’ll learn about the weather, as well as the plants and animals that we commonly see during this time of year. What better way to study the life cycle of a butterfly than by visiting the zoo’s butterfly garden? They’ll also have the chance to learn about pollination by meeting a real, live, pollinator.

Campers will have learning experiences both in a classroom, as well as an outdoor setting. Learning outside can be incredibly beneficial to retaining information, and playing in nature has been proven to be a crucial part of healthy childhood development. We’ll be encouraging campers to safely explore the outdoors, run, play, flip over a few logs, and simply observe the natural world around them.

Spring is the perfect time of year to go outside. With plants and animals reemerging from winter, the world is truly coming alive around us. Remember, mud will wash off, but memories last a lifetime.

Spring Break Edventures are $85 for the whole week ($75 if you’re a Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo member). If you have a first through fifth-grade student in mind that you’d like to sign up for a week’s worth of fun, there are several ways to get them registered. Visit our website at www.leerichardsonzoo.com or see us in person at the Finnup Center for Conservation Education at 312 E Finnup Dr, shoot us an email to zoo.education@gardencityks.us or give us a call at (620) 276-1250.

Registration is open now, and spots are limited so don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more info. Spring will be here before we know it!


Emily Sexson is the conservation education manager at Lee Richardson Zoo.