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Saturday Science Club

Think, Test, and Tinker! Is your child, age 8 – 11 years old, a problem solver or budding scientist? We’ll explore math and science through hands-on activities and learn about various topics such as animal nutrition, animal behavior and conservation engineering.

Each Saturday Science Club runs from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., one Saturday per month, during selected times of the year. The registration cost per class is $15 for Zoo members and $20 for non-members.

Advanced registration is required, and space is limited. 

Saturday Science Club Fall 2018 Schedule

Saturday, September 8: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Animal Nutrition

What foods do the Zoo’s animals eat to keep them strong and healthy? Explore the in's and out's of Animal Nutrition through hands-on activities during Saturday Science Club on September 8! Weigh and measure actual animal meals, and examine animal skulls to determine what food they ate. 

Saturday, October 6: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Enrichment Engineer

Design special enrichment for the Zoo’s animals! Attendees will be assigned an animal and given basic information about enrichment – they will then design and prototype a new enrichment item for their assigned animal.

Saturday, November 3: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Animal Medicine

Experience what it’s like to be a part of the Zoo’s veterinary medicine team! Attendees will participate in hands-on activities, such as simulated lab tests, to help diagnose an animal with a fictional health issue.

Saturday, December 1: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Exhibit Design

Design a new exhibit for a Zoo animal! Attendees will use an exhibit design kit to develop an exhibit for an animal that does not currently call the Great Plains Zoo home.

  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor FSioux Falls
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N
  • A really great zoo featuring some exotic species and I liked the focus on conservancy/breeding to preserve species for the rhinos. The safari area's cheetah was awesome to see. During a week day going, it was quite open to walk around and enjoy without too much crowding.

    Joseph H
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world.  The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones.  Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

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