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Nature Cubs: New at the Zoo

A small Bennett's wallaby, with brown fur, short arms and a long tail, standing in tall grass

Who's New at the Smithsonian's National Zoo? A lot of animal friends waiting to meet you! The Zoo is full of new babies and new arrivals this fall, and we're excited to introduce you to some of our favorite new faces. From infant gorilla Moke to wallabies Victoria and Adelaide, we'll meet a new animal each week!

The 3- to 5-year-old class will explore the same animals, but at a more advanced level than the 2- to 3-year-old classes.

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.

  • "New at the Zoo" will meet once a week for six weeks
  • Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday class sections are available. Choose your day of the week to attend below.

Our registration system has changed! Simply click the "Register for this class" button below and log in using the same email address you use for your FONZ membership. Your member discount will be automatically applied.

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Age range: 3 - 5

Class Sessions

Date(s): Monday, September 10 to Monday, October 22 (class meets on Mondays)
Time: 10:03 am to 11:33 am
Date(s): Saturday, September 15 to Saturday, October 20 (class meets on Saturdays)
Time: 9:03 am to 10:33 am