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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.
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 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, activities and station play that reinforce the program topic
  • Walks outside (please dress for the weather)
  • Biofacts (bones, pelts, feathers, fur)
  • A short animal presentation

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

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.

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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