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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
Length: 2 hours
Cost: $10 for one child (2-5 years old) and one adult (18 years and up)
Extra adults are $5; extra children ages 1-5 are $7 and children under 1 are free*
*Adults must be able to supervise all participants if bringing additional children.
Buy a punch card and get 10 programs for the price of 9 ($90). 
Time: 9:30am-11:30am for ages 2-5
Location: Cross Administration building (Zoo Office)
Program may include all or some of the following:

  • Lessons with biofacts (bones, pelts, feathers, fur, etc.) and contact with some of our education animals
  • Games and activities that reinforce the program topic
  • Arts and crafts projects
  • Outside time, which may include a zoo walk, nature walk or exploration time

Minimum/Maximum Number of Participants: 7 pairs/20 pairs
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 have a maximum of 20 child/adult pairs allowed. Once we have reached our maximum, online and phone registrations will no longer be accepted for the class session. 

Outdoor Time: 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 Cross Administration building when you arrive for the program.

2013-2014 Program Schedule and Topics
Programs run most Wednesday and Thursday mornings

November  6 and 7 – Desert Animals - learn all about desert animals.
November 13 and 14 – Fall Harvest – learn about the autumn season.
November 20 and 21 – Pumpkins – discover pumpkins and which animals think they are a tasty treat.
December 4 and 5 – Five Senses - Hearing – learn about the sense of hearing.
December 11 and 12 – Wild vs. Pet – explore how wild animals are different from pets.
December 18 and 19 – Gingerbread Holiday – get excited for the holiday with gingerbread and crafts.

Thursday January 2 – Bedtime- explore how animals get ready for bed (bring a blanket and stuffed animal to class).
January 8 and 9 – Five Senses - Sight – learn about the sense of sight.
January 15 and 16 – Rainforests – learn all about rainforests.
January 22 and 23 – Winter Carnival – come out and enjoy a winter carnival.
January 29 and 30 – Five Senses - Taste – learn about the sense of taste.
February 5 and 6 – Mittens – explore how animals stay warm in the winter.
February 12 and 13 – Snow Leopards – learn about Snow Leopards and Raj, Binder Park Zoo’s male Snow Leopard.
February 19 and 20 – We Dig Dinosaurs- explore the world of dinosaurs.
February 26 and 27 – Five Senses - Touch – learn about the sense of touch.
March 5 and 6 – Dr. Seuss – celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and reading.
March 12 and 13 – Five Senses - Smell – learn about the sense of smell.
March 19 and 20 – Insects – explore the tiny world of insects.
March 26 and 27 – Fishy Fun – explore the watery world of fishes.
April 2 and 3 – Farm Friends – learn all about farm animals.
April 9 and 10- Animal Athletes- learn about some amazing animal athletes. *Since this session takes place over Spring Break, children of all ages are welcome to attend*
April 16 and 17 – Butterflies & Bees- learn about flower loving butterflies and bees.

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