Community Programs

Looking for something different to do at the zoo? Join us for one of our community programs!

Animal Adventures Story Time 2021

Join us on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in June through August at 10 am for a story time geared towards young children and their caretakers. We will have a short story time on the education lawn followed by a special animal chat. 

Zoo Tiny Tots 

We are excited to launch a new program for toddlers and their grown-ups this fall! Bring your 2-4 year old for a fun educational program facilitated by zoo staff. Choose from either Thursday or Saturday mornings from 9-11 AM, September 9th to October 2nd

  1. September 9th or 11th: Move like an Animal
  2. September 16th or 18th: Talk like an Animal
  3. September 23rd or 25th: Hide like an Animal  
  4. September 30th or October 2nd: Eat like an Animal

 We believe that children learn through play so our Zoo Tiny Tots curriculum is written to guide parents in fun activities aligned to the Kansas Early Learning Standards.  We will practice gross and fine motor skills through games and crafts, build social and emotional awareness through interacting with peers and zoo animals, and incorporate age-appropriate math, science, and literacy standards over the series. For more details, contact Jessica.Wright@hutchgov.com.

Cost: $20 per session or $60 for the full series

 Registration Information: Sign up online at https://bit.ly/ZooTinyTots or stop by the zoo gift shop

*We will be following Reno County guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions. While we are planning to host this program inside the Education Center and around the zoo, we will contact registered participants via email if we need to move to a virtual format.

Zoo Crew

You asked and we listened! This year we are offering a new program for future zookeepers in 3rd through 5th grades. Participants will get to experience what it is like to be a zookeeper through hands-on projects, live-animal experiences, tours, crafts, and more!

Choose individual sessions or sign up for the whole series!  

Dates: October 1st, November 1st, February 4th (USD 308) or 11th (USD 313), and April 15th  

Time: 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM 

Price: $30 per session or $100 for the whole series

For more details, contact Jessica.Wright@hutchgov.com.

Registration Information: Sign up online at https://bit.ly/HutchZooCrew or stop by the zoo gift shop. Each participant will also need a medical release form signed by a guardian before the start of the program. 

*We will be following Reno County guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions. While we are planning to host this program inside the Education Center and around the zoo, we will contact registered participants via email if we need to make changes to our protocol.

Hutchinson FrogWatch USA Chapter

The Hutchinson Zoo and the Dillon Nature Center have partnered together to create a Hutchinson FrogWatch USA chapter! The survey season runs from April to September with volunteer training held twice a season. For more information or to join out team of citizen scientists, contact us at hutchfrogwatch@gmail.com or call 620-663-7411.

FrogWatch USA Chapter:

To learn more about FrogWatch USA chapter and the citizen scientists program click HERE

Porcupine looking at the camera

Questions? Email at jessica.wright@hutchgov.com