Monarch Butterfly Education & Tagging Class

How does it work?  This class is held at the Kansas Museum of History and is broken up into two parts. The first portion is an    indoor, interactive education program where students learn about monarch butterflies, their importance, and how to catch them. The second part is outdoors in the museum’s prairie, where kids will get nets to catch, tag, and release monarch butterflies!

Age: This class can be modified for K-12 classrooms.

When: Any Monday-Friday from September 17th-28th, 2018

Time: This class is two hours long. You can choose between these times: 9:00-11:00; 9:30-11:30; 12:30-2:30; 1:00-3:00

Cost: $5/person (including parents; excluding teaching staff)

Contact: Rachael Rost at 785-368-9137 or with questions or to set up a class!

Field Trips

Bring your crew to the zoo!

Enjoy a day of education and fun at the Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center. The zoo is easily walkable and accessible to groups of all ages. We offer plenty of spaces to meet and classroom experience.

  • Groups of 15 or more are eligible for group rates.
  • Must register 48 hours in advance of your trip.
  • Full admission must be paid before entering.
  • No outside food or drinks.
  • Box lunches are available with advance notice.

Fill out a group discount form here or call 785-368-9137 to schedule your trip.

Zoo2U Program

Let us transform your classroom, library, retirement center, or organization meeting into an exotic encounter with our Zoo2U program. Zoo2U programs include a presentation, educational games, interaction with a live animal, and discussions related to a specific animal or zoo topic.

Our animal visitors can include:

  • A variety of invertebrates–including tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes, and more!
  • A variety of reptiles and amphibians–including several frogs, lizards, snakes, geckos, turtles, tortoises, and an alligator!
  • Several small mammals–such as a skunk, an opossum, an armadillo, and a hedgehog! B
  • Birds of prey–including a screech owl, a barred owl, a great horned owl, and a turkey vulture!


Zoo2U is $115 for an hour-long program. Travel outside of the Topeka city limits may incur an additional charge for gas.

To schedule a Zoo2U visit, contact our Education Department at 785-368-9137 or!

Zoo Education Programs

Topeka Zoo offers a variety of educational programs to complement your classroom curriculum. Programs are offered in one- or two-hour blocks.



  • One-Hour Programs hosted at your site - $115
  • One-Hour Programs hosted at the Zoo - $75
  • Two-Hour Programs  (zoo only) $145 minimum or $5/person for groups of 29 or more.

For more information or to schedule a program, contact our education department at (785) 368-9137.

Available programs

1 Hour

2 Hour

Preschool Zoo Time

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.

Discovery School Program

This program is designed to provide an up-close and personal encounter with science concepts, vocabulary, and interactions with the zoo. The first hour will feature a PowerPoint presentation and live animal encounter, while the second hour will be highlighted by an activity (craft, game, scavenger hunt, etc.).

DATES: Third Wednesday of each month (March's class is on the 2nd Wed)

TIME: 1:00-3:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Gary K. Clarke Education Center

COST: $5/child ages 3+. Registration is not required. Requires paid zoo admission.

PROGRAM THEME: Human Impact at a Local Level

Scout Workshops

Earn a badge at the Topeka Zoo!

Girl Scouts

Daisy Workshops: 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals

Brownie Workshops: Wonders of Water Journey; Bugs Badge; Senses Badge

Junior Workshops: Animal Habitats Badge; Gardner Badge

Cadette Workshops: Night Owl Badge; Animal Helpers Badge; Trees Badge

Senior Workshops: Sow What Journey; Voice for Animals Badge

Ambassador Workshops: Water Badge

Boy Scouts

Nature Badge

Mammal Study Badge

Reptiles and Amphibians (Herps) Badge

Bird Study Badge

Environmental Science Badge

Insect Study Badge

Pricing for scout workshops:

One-hour live animal education program at the zoo: $75 flat rate

Two-hour class at the zoo (1st hour is a live animal education program and 2nd hour fulfills the requirements of the badge): $145 or $5/person for groups of 29 or more.

Classes at the zoo do NOT include zoo admission. Paid admission required to tour the zoo.

To book a program, please contact the Education Department at 785-368-9137 or