Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



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After-School Adventures

Learning doesn't have to end when the bell rings. Continue the fun at the National Zoo with our After-School Adventures! These programs incorporate Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. state standards and help your child master disciplinary core ideas in environmental conservation and life science while strengthening important academic, developmental, and social skills.

We've got the perfect combination of education, animals, and fun to make sure your child has a grrrreat time. Sign up your cub for this club today!


Our furry friends, scaly snakes, and spineless spiders are each in a class of their own! Join us as we learn about animal classification in this five-week series. We’ll explore reptiles, mammals, fish, birds, and invertebrates with hands-on activities, crafts, and Zoo Walks.

  • Ages: 6-10
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Member Fee: $150 / Non-Member Fee: $180

Classes meet as Monday or Thursday sessions.

  • Monday sessions: September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20
  • Thursday sessions: September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23

Register now!

Cancellation and Transfer Policy: All cancellation requests received by the FONZ Education office at least two weeks prior to the start of the program will receive a 75% refund. All transfer requests received at least two weeks prior to the start of the program will be charged a 10-percent administrative fee. No refunds or changes will be made with less than two-weeks notice.

FONZ reserves the right to cancel a program no less than two days before the class begins if registration is under five participants. In this event, you will be notified by phone or e-mail and offered credit for another program, a full refund, or the option to donate your program fee to FONZ.