Henson Robinson Zoo Events

Questions?  Contact the Zoo Ed Office at 217-585-1821 x1706
Opportunities For You At The Zoo

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Education Programs & Tours For Your Group Visit

· Amazing Animal Tour– Follow one of our trained volunteers or staff members around the zoo and learn about our animals’ amazing adaptations. Do you need a tour that is geared towards earning a specific badge or classroom subject? Contact us to see what we can do at (217) 585-1821 ext 1706. Registration is required and tour scheduling is subject to guide availability. Each tour lasts 1- 1 ½ hours. There is a maximum of 30 people per tour. Call today for information.

· Animal Encounters– Would you like your group to meet a cool critter up close on your visit to the zoo? Enrich your group’s visit with a private, educational Animal Encounter with one of our zoo’s touchable animals! Each 15 minute Animal Encounter gives you tons of information about the animal, allows for questions, and gives you the opportunity to touch the animal. Registration is required and scheduling is subject to staff availability. Call us at at (217) 585-1821 ext 1704 or 1706 to ask us about animal options and to register for your Animal Encounter. Cost is $30 per encounter.

· Animal Program– Would you like to help your troop with their animal or habitat badge? Maybe you are looking to add something extra to your animal or habitat themed unit in your classroom. You might just be looking for a way to make your zoo visit more fun and educational. Our 45 minute Animal Programs in our zoo’s amphitheater or classroom feature 4 amazing animals and allow for touching of one of the animals at the end of the program. Registration is required and scheduling is subject to staff availability. Call us at at (217) 585-1821 ext 1704 to ask us about program theme options and to register for your Animal Program. Call for pricing.

Volunteering At The Zoo

· ZooGOERS general volunteer program is for adults ages 18 and up. They help the Henson Robinson Zoo staff with grounds work, guest greeting and information, office work, preparation of behavioral enrichment items, classroom assistance, readying animal diets, and special events!  Jump on board our team of Zoo GOER volunteers anytime after attending one of our quarterly Onboarding Orientations. Contact us at (217) 585-1821.

· Docents education volunteer program is for adults 18 and older that enjoy working with people and love animals. Docents share their knowledge of animals to create connections with the wild world and inspire animal conservation with visitors of all ages. Docents do this by:

o  Taking out our education animals into the zoo and sharing messages about them.

o  Answering questions about animals in their exhibits.

o  Interpreting animal biological artifacts.

o  Giving tours.

o   Working at activity stations that help people understand the importance of conservation and that encourage nature exploration.

As a Zoo Docent, not only will you enhance our visitors’ experience at the zoo, but you will have an opportunity to enrich your own life by learning more about animals and their ecosystems and having fun talking with visitors and interacting with the animals. Call the zoo at 217-585-1821 for information.

Opportunities To Bring The Zoo To Your Facility

“Zoo To You” Animal Outreach Programs For All Ages

Are you looking to enrich your NGSS life science curriculum or animal unit, to get help earning a badge, to reward students with a fun assembly for good behavior, or to have a unique guest speaker or activity for your after school program, residents, or group members? If so, you need a Zoo To You program! The Zoo’s Education Department has a wide spectrum of fun and educational program themes for audiences of all ages that we can bring to YOUR facility. We also have several “series themes” if you would like multiple visits that are tied into a central theme. We can perform our programs for a variety of audience sizes from a single classroom to a school assembly. However, due to the size of our program animals and the increase in noise levels for larger audiences, we ask that assembly audiences be limited to 150 students or less. Multiple assembly programs may be required to accommodate all students. Typically, our programs are 45 minutes. The number of animals in the program depends on the program theme requested. Costs for programs inside of Springfield are $80.00 for one program. However, consecutive programs within that same visit are at a reduced rate of $60.00 per program. Programs outside of Springfield but within Sangamon County are $90 + a round trip mileage fee calculated for your location for the first program and $70 per consecutive program/same visit. Contact the Education Department at 217-585-1821. 

“Interactive Zoo Experience” Interpretive Table

Are you looking for a “Zoo Booth” at your next event? Your event participants will enjoy stopping by our Interactive Zoo Experience table with a variety of our education animals, biological artifacts, and/or animal activities. Manned with our expert Zoo Staff and Docent volunteers, we are ready to interpret our items and answer all questions. Costs for events inside of Springfield are $80.00 per hour or $100 per hour for events outside of Springfield but within Sangamon County. Contact the zoo at 217-585-1821 for information.

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