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Topeka Zoo

The mission of the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center is to enrich the community through wildlife conservation and education.

Address: 635 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66606

How to register:  Please review GSKSMO's registration requirements before registering. Contact the Zoo Education Department by phone at 785-368-9137 or by email at RRost@topeka.org to schedule.

Covid precautions: All individuals, ages 6 and older, must wear a mask inside and outside at the zoo at all times. There is no touching of education animals at the moment either. 

 

VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES:
Behind-the-Scenes Tour

 All levels

Choose a larger Topeka Zoo animal, see their enclosure, and learn all about them! Choose one animal for the 30-minute tour and two animals for the 60-minute tour. Must be scheduled between 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday.

Cost: $70 for 30-minute tour, $95 for 60-minute tour. Maximum participation is 100 people.

 

Classes

 All levels

Meet Topeka Zoo education animals for a lesson and time for questions and answers. Must be scheduled between 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday.

Cost: $70 for a 30-minute class and 3 animals; $95 for a 60-minute class with 5 animals.

 

YOU SCHEDULE IT! OPPORTUNITIES:
 
Sleeping Bag Safari

 All levels

Spend a wild night at the Topeka Zoo with our Sleeping Bag Safaris. Enjoy games, movies, a night tour, and more!

Campers spend the night in the open-air Security Benefit Pavilion or North Lawn (weather permitting), inside the Gary K. Clarke Education Center, or inside Camp Cowabunga. Sleeping Bag Safaris begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 8:30 a.m. the next morning. An evening snack and light breakfast are provided. 

Girl Scouts will need to stay in ratio and be registered Girl Scouts. Adults must have their Camping 101 training and send in the Travel and Activity Application to the GSKSMO council before the overnight.

An additional educational program package can be added if girls want to earn badges.

Additional info: Campers must provide their own flashlights and sleeping bags.

BASIC PACKAGE:

  • The basic package includes the option of sleeping in the Gary K. Clarke Education Center, under the stars at the North Lawn, or in the open-air Security Benefit Pavilion.
  • $40/person for groups of 15 or more.
  • $600 for groups less than 15.
  • For groups over 40, an extra $3 will be added to the per guest price: $43/person.

PREMIUM PACKAGE:

  • The premium package includes sleeping inside Camp Cowabunga.
  • $60/person for groups of 10 or more.
  • $600 for groups less than 10.
  • For groups over 40, an extra $3 will be added to the per guest price: $63/person.
  • Includes a campfire and roasting s'mores in Dung Beetle Square.

How to register:  Please review GSKSMO's registration requirements before registering. Contact Shelly Dingman at (785) 783-4264 or sdingman@topekazoo.org.

Outcomes:  Develops a strong sense of self, Forms and maintains healthy relationships.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.
 

Zoo2U Program

 All levels

Transform your troop meeting into an exotic encounter with our Zoo2U program. Zoo2U programs can include a presentation, educational games, interaction with a live animal, and discussions related to a specific animal or zoo topic. The program is transported to your location by our eye-catching Zoo2U van, which is covered in true-to-life photographs of Topeka Zoo wildlife.

Our animal visitors can include:

  • A variety of invertebrates–including tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes, and more!
  • A variety of reptiles and amphibians–including several frogs, lizards, snakes, geckos, turtles, tortoises, and an alligator!
  • Several small mammals–such as a skunk, opossum, armadillo, and hedgehog!
  • Birds of prey–including a screech owl, barred owl, great horned owl, and turkey vulture!    

The cost for Zoo2U is $115 for an hour long program. This price is for inside Topeka city limits. If you are outside the Topeka city limits, additional gas fees may apply. Contact the Education Department for a gas quote. Nights and weekends are an additional fee of $35.    

Badge Connections: Brownie: Bugs, Brownie: Senses, Junior: Animal Habitats, Junior: Gardener, Cadette: Animal Helpers, Cadette: Night Owl, Cadette: Trees, Senior: Voice for Animals, Ambassador: Water, Daisy 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals!, Brownie: WOW! Wonders of Water, Daisy: Between Earth and Sky



Workshops:

Cost Per Girl: See Additional Information below
Cost Per Adult: Troop leaders enter programs at no charge. Additional adults are $5 per adult.

Additional Information: 

  • Two Hour Workshop: $145 for up to 29 Girl Scouts and $5 for each additional Girl Scout
  • One Hour Workshops: $75 flat fee

    Both program options include live animals and exciting work that applies directly toward accomplishing the journey or badge you select. There is a $35 fee for events scheduled on nights and weekends. Admission to the zoo is not required to attend the workshop. If you would like to walk around the zoo on your own before or after the program, then you must pay admission into the zoo.
5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals Workshop

 Daisy

This workshop takes Daisy's on a Journey with animals from around the world. Girls will see and interact with animals from different countries, learn to identify some of those animals and understand the importance of those animals to those parts of the world. This workshop will also teach girls about ways to care for animals, both domestic and wild. Girls will learn about career tracks involving working with animals. As part of the experience, girls will use Kansas birds to exhibit the needs of all animals everywhere, and will build a nest while recreating much of the life cycle of a wild bird through fun and educational hands-on activities.

Outcome: Displays positive values.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.

 
Bugs Badge Workshop

 Brownie 

​This workshop will girls be aware of the unique world of bugs, how they differ from other life forms, and how they impact on the natural and human world.  The program will include some classroom presentation and then lots of hands-on interactive activity.

Outcome:  Develops a strong sense of self. 
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.

 
Senses Badge Workshop

 Brownie

​This two hour program helps girls learn to use all their senses to explore the world.  Hands-on activities that employ the senses of look, listen, smell, taste, touch & feel, will help girls to learn to use all of their senses while observing the world around them including the natural world.

Outcome:  Develops a strong sense of self.  
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.

 
Wonders of Waters Workshop

 Brownie

​This workshop takes Brownies on a journey in which they can receive four separate awards.  Awards are offered for girls work on this journey in understanding the many ways we use and enjoy water, understand the science of water and its importance to us while they also commit to protecting it.

Outcome: Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.

 
Animal Habitats Badge Workshop

 Junior

​This two hour workshop will help girls discover the world of wild animals, investigate animal habitats, create an animal house, explore endangered animal homes, and learn how to protect animal habitats.  This program will include a tour of the zoo to learn how animal habitats differ for animals around the world, and what conditions require the differing types of habitats.

Outcomes: Develops a strong sense of self.  
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.

 
Gardner Workshop

 Junior 

​This two hour workshop will involve girls touring multiple different types of gardens, and teach girls how to select garden sites, design gardens of various types, select garden plants, and how to grow and maintain gardens.

Outcomes:  Seeks challenges and learns from setbacks.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.

 
Animal Helpers Badge Workshop

 Cadette

​This two hour workshop will help girls explore the connection between animals and human’s, learn how animals have helped humans through the ages, how they help us now, and how they might help us in the future.  Girls will also learn about animal hero’s, how animals assist humans with disabilities, and experience the zoos animal petting zoo.

Outcomes: Learns to identify and solve problems in her community. 
Forms and maintains healthy relationships.

Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.

 
Night Owl Badge

 Cadette 

This two hour program will explore creatures of the night! From meeting live nocturnal animals to activities in the dark, this class will focus on how animals adapt and survive to life with little light to guide them.

Outcome:  Develops a strong sense of self.  
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.

 
Trees Badge Workshop

 Cadette 

This two hour program will help girls explore the amazing science of trees, learn the value of trees, learn to identify different types of common Kansas trees and design a dream tree garden. Girls will also build their own hiking staff using paint and other craft materials to decorate them.

Outcomes: Displays positive values. Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.

 
Voice for Animals Badge Workshop

 Senior

​This two hour program will help girls explore the world of domestic animals, those used by humans for pets, food, and other uses.  Girls will learn about human responsibilities toward animas in their care, learn about wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, what it’s like protecting animals, and learn what animal issues exist in their community.  Girls will also interview a zoo keeper about working with animals.

Outcomes:  Forms and maintains healthy relationships. Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.

 
Water Badge Workshop

 Ambassador

This two hour program will help girls explore the world of water on our earth, learn how the water cycle works, find out about water issues affecting our earth and some solutions to those issues.  Girls will also explore wild life and plant life native to water, and design their own water innovation.

Outcomes:  Develops a strong sense of self.  Learns to identify and solve problems in her community.
Learn more about the 5 Girl Scout Outcomes.