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Preschool Pride

Our ever-popular Preschool Pride program is back by popular demand and growing into the school year! Preschool Pride classes are one hour programs for 2-4 year olds and their grownups. Learn More

Winter Zoo Camp

December 27th, 28th & 29th, 2017

It's time to leave your den and come enjoy ours! When winter arrives at the Henry Vilas Zoo, our animals stay cozy and so will you. All of our programs include a mix of time spent exploring the outdoors and experiences in our warm, indoor spaces. Come for a morning or afternoon session, or stay all day. Camps vary by day, but are built around a theme for the week. All of our camps include unique animal experiences that you can't find anywhere else in town!

We offer flexible sign up options to fit your schedule. If you sign up for all three days (either mornings, afternoons, or all day) you'll receive a discount. And zoo members receive an additional discount on all our sessions! Learn more

*Sign up by December 1st and receive a complimentary Zoo Education shirt!


Bleacher Programs
photo by Barb Key

Groups visiting the zoo are encouraged to schedule a Bleacher Program, which is a 30-minute presentations with live animals and a variety of age-appropriate content available at a low cost.  Learn More



Zoo Sleepovers

Sleep over at the Henry Vilas Zoo! This is a great opportunity for both families and groups. Learn More



School Trips

The Henry Vilas Zoo welcomes numerous groups from area schools, churches, after school programs, and more to enjoy our fun and educational environment at no charge.  Lunches and Train/Carousel ride tokens are available in advance to help make your visit even more memorable. We have some tips to help you make the most of your visit.  Learn More


Zoo to You

Bring the zoo animals to your group with our "Zoo to You" outreach program! Learn about our Education Animals and meet them up close. Learn More


Activities and Games

There's so much fun to be had when learning about animals and what you can do to help them, whether from home or during your visit.  Learn More

Teacher Resources

Arctic Passage Lesson - Grade 4
Note: This unit will fit well after or at the end of a unit studying energy and conservation.

Arctic Passage Lesson - Grade 5

Wisconsin Heritage Lesson - Grade 4