Education Programs

Children attending education programs at the Topeka Zoo

The Topeka Zoo offered a variety of educational programs both virtually and in-person. Bring the excitement of the Zoo into your class, with so many hands on activities and animal guests there is always something new and engaging to learn during our classes.

Scroll through the variety of programs offered to see what best fits you and your class and students.

Available programs

1 Hour

2 Hour

Don't see what you are looking for? No problem! Our Education Department can adapt your desired curriculum into a program.

Monarch Butterfly Education & Tagging Class

Monarch butterfly populations have declined by close to 90% in the last few decades. These beautiful insects migrate through Kansas during the last two weeks of September and we are waiting for them! Join to Topeka Zoo as we offer in-person education classes on the monarchs.

Scout Workshops

Earn a badge at the Topeka Zoo! Join in one of our workshops to receive your scout badge, available for both girl and boy scouts, you can learn a variety of skills while having fun at the Zoo!

Teacher Professional Development Opportunity

National Geographic Education Certification: Phase 1 Workshop

Join the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center as they offer a unique professional development opportunity partnering with National Geographic! The Topeka Zoo is hosting a workshop for area educators to complete Phase 1 of National Geographic's Educator Certification Program. Upon completion of the Phase 1 in-person, educators are then invited to complete Phases 2 and 3 online.

By completing this Educator Certification Program, you gain access to National Geographic's online educator community to network and share resources with thousands of educators around the world! Only through certification do you have the opportunity to apply to the Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship, a life-changing professional development opportunity involving a 10-14 day expedition. Finally, you will be part of the National Geographic network and may be asked to partner with them for other opportunities! Your administrators will be notified of your completion of the Educator Certification Program.

The workshop will be led by the Topeka Zoo's Education Specialist, Rachael Rost. Rachael is a 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, a certified National Geographic facilitator, and a member of National Geographic's Kansas Advisory Council. She has been teaching at the zoo for six years.

Date and Time: Winter 2020 at the Topeka Zoo (We are doing the exact same workshop twice this day--once in the morning and again in the afternoon. You can sign up for either session.) DATE TBD.
Cost: Free! Includes admission into the zoo as well.
Who is this for: PreK-12 formal and informal educators, pre-service teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and more!
Questions? Contact Rachael at 785-368-9137 or Also visit the National Geographic Educator Certification Program website for Frequently Asked Questions. Pre-registration is required. 

Preschool Zoo Time

The Preschool Classes are cancelled for the time being and will not begin for the 2021-2022 school year. Please contact 785-368-9137 with questions.

A special program designed for preschool age children ages 2-5. The program includes a story, live animal encounter, and craft.

DATES: First Friday of the month, March-November

TIME: 10:30-11:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Gary K. Clarke Education Center

COST: $2 per child. Requires paid Zoo admission

Parents are admitted free to Preschool Zoo Time with paid Zoo admission.

Registration is not required.