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Knee High Naturalists ages: 2-5 (with an adult)
Program runs most Wednesday and Thursday mornings

Binder Park Zoo’s Knee High Naturalists program will run Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30am. Each session is designed for children ages 2-5 years, with one adult (one adult must attend with registered child). The Knee High Naturalist program, allows both adult and child to learn about the natural world through hands-on education. Each two-hour program will include a short animal presentation, biofacts, games, activities and outdoor time. Each session will aid in fostering 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. Remember to dress for the weather. For more information or to register, please contact Amanda Bailiff at (269)979-1351 ext. 133 or

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.
Nov-Dec Program Registration Form (PDF)
Jan-April Program Registration Form (PDF)

Knee High Naturalists Fast Facts
WHAT: 2-hour nature program for children ages 2-5 years old, who are accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required for this program. Please call 269-979-1351 ext. 133 to register.
WHEN: Wednesday and Thursday mornings 9:30-11:30am
WHERE: Cross Administration Building’s (Zoo Office) Jungle Room
COST: $10 for one child (2-5 years old) and one adult (18 years and up).
Extra adults are $5­; extra children ages 2-5 are $7 and children under 2 are free. Adults must be able to supervise all participants if bringing additional children.

We stop taking registrations the day before scheduled programs at 4:30pm.
There is a minimum/maximum of 7 pairs/20 pairs per class, or 14/40 people total. A minimum/maximum has been set to ensure a quality program for all guests.

Programs may include some or all of the following:

  • Games and activities that reinforce the program topic
  • Arts and crafts
  • Walks outside (so please dress for the weather)
  • Biofacts (bones, pelts, feathers, fur)
  • A short animal presentation

2014-2015 Schedule – 22 weeks, 43 sessions
November 5 and 6 – Animal Homes
November 12 and 13 – Animal Movements
November 19 and 20 – Preparing for Winter
November 26 – Terrific Turkeys (No program on Thanksgiving)
December 3 and 4 – Body Coverings
December 10 and 11 – Wolves
December 17 and 18 – Evergreens in Winter
January 7 and 8 – Warm & Cold Animals
January 14 and 15 – Nursery Rhymes
January 21 and 22 – The Shape of Things
January 28 and 29 – Owls
February 4 and 5 – Sounds Around
February 11 and 12 – Bunnies
February 18 and 19 – Nighttime Animals
February 25 and 26 – Textures
March 4 and 5 – Hiding in Plain Sight
March 11 and 12 – Counting
March 18 and 19 – Amphibians & Reptiles
March 25 and 26 – Wildlife Water Safari
April 1 and 2 – Animal Babies
April 8 and 9 – Caring for Zoo Animals - Spring Break- open to all ages
April 15 and 16 – Backyard Wildlife

You may purchase a punch card that can be used for 10 sessions from Nov. 2013- April 2014 for $90. 1 punch = 1 adult and 1 child. Additional punches can be used for additional participants.

Each Knee High Naturalist program includes a walk out-of-doors. We participate in nature walks unless there is inclement weather that prevents it. Please plan on being outside and dress accordingly. Please bring all outside apparel into the Jungle Room when you arrive for the program.

In order to ensure a quality program, Binder Park Zoo requires that at least 7 child/parent pairs are registered for a Knee High Naturalist program. If there are not 7 pairs registered the camp session will be cancelled and a refund will be issued to those families that pre-registered.

Due to limited classroom space, all Knee High Naturalist programs will have a maximum number of 20 child/adult pairs allowed. Once we have reached our maximum, we will no longer accept registrations for the program.

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