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Nature Cubs in a Box: Marvelous Mammals

Asia Trail’s talented volunteers painted some lovely enrichment boxes for Asa (left) and Jackie (right) to open in honor of Red Panda Day.

Bring the hands-on fun of Nature Cubs right into your home for five weeks with all the activity plans and supplies you need to dive right in for screen-free fun with the animals of the Smithsonian's National Zoo! The Marvelous Mammals series explores the features that make mammals unique. Featured animals include meerkats, monkeys and, of course, giant pandas.

Marvelous Mammals Includes:

  • Weekly, 35-minute livestream classes where Zoo educators engage your child with science activities, songs, stories and animal artifacts;
  • Five weeks of exciting, hands-on activities and all the supplies you'll need to do them;
  • A plush panda for your child to bring to class each week;
  • Access to exclusive videos on the animals/topics we are learning about;
  • A family newsletter with exclusive Nature Cubs content, activity suggestions, Zoo news and more.

Livestream classes meet at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. Saturday sessions meet at 10 a.m. only.


Each supply box contains enough supplies for up to two children to complete all included activities for the entire five-class series!

Registering additional siblings or your child's learning pod? Purchase a "household" option ($45) to receive supplies for up to four children in your box. You'll see the household option during the registration process.

  • Registration for FONZ members opens Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. 
  • Registration for the general public opens Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m.

Education staff will arrange contactless pickup of the supply boxes at the Zoo during the week of Oct. 12. If you would prefer your box be shipped to your home, the shipping fee will be charged to your account.

Member cost: 

Non-member cost: 

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Age range: 3 - 5

Class Sessions

Date(s): Wednesday, October 21 to Wednesday, November 18 (class meets on Wednesdays)
Session is currently sold out.
Date(s): Saturday, October 24 to Saturday, November 21 (class meets on Saturdays)
Time: 10:00 am to 10:35 am
Session is currently sold out.