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Binder Park Zoo’s Knee High Naturalists program runs Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Each session is designed for children ages 2-5 years (one adult must attend with registered child).  The Knee High Naturalists program allows both adult and child to learn about the natural world through hands-on education.  Each two hour program includes a short animal presentation, bio facts, games, activities and outdoor time.  Each session fosters a year-round awareness of the wonders of nature that are all around us.  Knee High Naturalists is an excellent way to spend time with your child in a natural setting. 

For more information or to register, please contact Amanda Bailiff at (269)979-1351 ext. 133 or  You can also register online or download a printable registration form to mail with payment.  Sessions are filling fast, so please register no later than the Monday before your chosen session.  You may register for as few or as many sessions as you want.  Jan-April Program Registration Form (PDF)

WHAT:  2-hour nature program for children ages 2-5 years old who are accompanied by an adult.  Pre-registration is required.
WHEN:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
WHERE:  Cross Administration Building (Zoo Office) in the Jungle Room
COST:  $10 for one child (2-5 years old) and one adult (18 years or older).   Each additional adult is $5. Each additional child (ages 2-5) is $7.  Children under age 2 are free.  Adults must be able to supervise all participants if bringing additional children.

You may purchase a punch card that can be used for 10 sessions from January – April 2016 for $90.00.  1 punch = 1 adult and 1 child.  Additional punches can be used for additional participants (an additional participant can attend two sessions for 1 punch).

The deadline for registration is at 4:30 p.m. the day before the scheduled program.  We must have a minimum of 7 pairs/14 people per class and can accommodate a maximum of 20 pairs/40 people per class.  If the minimum is not met, the session will be canceled and a refund will be issued to those families that pre-register.  No registrations will be accepted once we have reached maximum capacity.

Programs may include some or all of the following:

  • Games, activities and station play that reinforce the program topic
  • Bio facts (bones, pelts, feathers, fur)
  • A short animal presentation
  • Walks outside, weather permitting (please dress for the weather and bring all outside apparel in with you when you arrive for the program)

2016 Schedule – 15 weeks / 30 sessions
January 6 and 7 – Gingerbread Holiday
January 13 and 14 – Five Senses – Hearing
January 20 and 21 – Desert Animals
January 27 and 28 – Winter Carnival
February 3 and 4 – Five Senses – Sight
February 10 and 11 – Snow
February 17 and 18 – Five Senses – Taste
February 24 and 25 – Tracks
March 2 and 3 – Fishy Fun
March 9 and 10 – Five Senses – Touch
March 16 and 17 – Rainforests
March 23 and 24 – Five Senses – Smell
March 30 and 31 – Birds
April 6 and 7* - Wild vs. Pet   *Spring Break – all ages welcome to attend
April 13 and 14 – Bursting Buds

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