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Nature Cubs: Backyard Buddies

Striped Skunk in the grass

Discover the Smithsonian's National Zoo in your own backyard this spring. Each week, we'll explore a different animal classification and learn about a new animal friend that makes its home in the same place we do. Meet the neighbors on this backyard safari!

Nature Cubs preschool classes use interactive learning stations, hands-on activities and crafts, Nature Play, animal artifacts and exciting Zoo walks to engage your preschooler's sense of wonder and curiosity about wildlife and the natural world. There is no animal contact or behind-the-scenes access in Nature Cubs classes.

Note: Nature Cubs preschool classes are for children and their adult buddies to enjoy together. Infants worn in a carrier or who remain in a stroller/car seat during the program are welcome at no additional charge.

  • Backyard Buddies meets once a week for five weeks.
  • Classes meet as Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday sections. Choose your day of the week to attend below.
  • Monday sections start April 29 and will not meet May 27 (Memorial Day weekend). A make-up class will be held June 3.
  • Saturday sections will not meet May 25 (Memorial Day weekend). A make-up class will be held June 1.

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Age range: 2 - 3

Class Sessions

Date(s): Monday, April 29 to Monday, June 3 (class meets on Mondays)
Time: 10:03 am to 11:33 am
Date(s): Tuesday, April 23 to Tuesday, May 21 (class meets on Tuesdays)
Time: 10:03 am to 11:33 am
Date(s): Wednesday, April 24 to Wednesday, May 22 (class meets on Wednesdays)
Time: 10:03 am to 11:33 am
Date(s): Thursday, April 25 to Thursday, May 30 (class meets on Thursdays: No class on May 16)
Time: 10:03 am to 11:33 am
Date(s): Friday, April 26 to Friday, May 24 (class meets on Fridays)
Time: 10:03 am to 11:33 am
Date(s): Saturday, April 27 to Saturday, June 1 (class meets on Saturdays: No class on May 25)
Time: 9:03 am to 10:33 am