EDUCATION

For more information, for assistance, to reserve or to sign up for any of the activities, classes, events or camps shown below, please contact us at 785-827-9488 ext. 132, or email school.groups@rollinghillszoo.org.

School Groups

Bring your school group out to Rolling Hills Zoo & Wildlife Museum for an unforgettably FUN adventure! Offering discounted admission rates to public, private home-schooled, and licensed daycare providers, Rolling Hills Zoo can accommodate your school's next great expedition!

During your field trip you can enhance your visit with:

A Discovery Class - Interactive lesson with hands-on experience and an Animal Encounter.

A You at the Zoo - A 30-minute onsite presentation with Animal Encounters.

Personal Guided Tour - Hour-long tour guided by Zoo staff member.

Tram Rides - Allows students to get off and visit various indoor exhibits.

School Group Online Reservation Inquiry Form.

School Group Gift Shop List.pdf

Zoo to You

Can't bring your class out to the Zoo? Why not let the Zoo come to YOU!

Each Zoo to You presentation is jam-packed with FUN!  The interactive lessons will include hands-on activities with bio-facts and an introduction to three live animals.  Although themes vary, emphasis will be placed on conservation.  Each Zoo to You presentation is adaptable to any age group.  While there is no minimum or maximum number of students, the ideal class size is 35 people or less.  Pricing is based on the location’s distance from the Zoo.

You at the Zoo

This 30 minute onsite presentation provides students the opportunity to meet two live animals, while exploring a conservation-based theme.

What is the difference between a toad and a frog? Are we predators, or are we prey? How does our behavior in Kansas affect animals in Africa? These are the types of questions this program will answer. These classes are a great addition to school field trips. Prices are $40 for the 1st program and $30 for each additional program. Preferred class size is 25 or less.

Birthday Parties

Join the party animals at Rolling Hills Zoo for your child's next birthday party!

We have three different party packages divided up by age groups. Prices are shown below. ($50 non-refundable deposit required to reserve.)

Toddler Birthday Party - Ages 2 & under
Members $185 • Non Members $205

Preschool to Early Elementary Party - Ages 3-8
Members $185 • Non Members $205

Late Elementary to Middle School Party - Ages 9-12
Members $220 • Non Members $240

Whichever party package you select, you can expect the following:

  • 1 1/2 Hours allotted time
  • Private birthday party room for up to 24 guests ($3 each additional person)
  • Staff person as your host
  • Age-appropriate Craft/Activity
  • Kid's Country Experience for toddler-8 years old
    Animal Encounter for ages 3-12.
  • Time for gift opening
  • Cupcakes, ice cream & fruit punch
  • Party packages do not include zoo & museum admission

Wild Adventure Camps at RHZ

Summer Camps • Ages 4-7 and 8-12

Your child will enjoy a wild adventure during Summer Camp as they explore different species during our exciting interactive programs which engage the mind and body through hands-on activities. Each week features different animal friends and offers new activities daily.

Wild Adventure Camps are held Monday thru Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - Noon.


Junior Zoo Keepers (JZK) • Ages 13-17

As a Junior Zoo Keeper at Rolling Hills Zoo, teens will learn about the important aspects of being a zoo keeper including preparation of animal diets, feeding, cleaning, grooming and so much more!

Camps will be held June 8, 15, 22, 29 & July 6. 8:30 a.m. - Noon.


RHZ Overnight Camps • Ages 8-12

There is nothing quite like an overnight adventure camp at Rolling Hills Zoo! Everything looks different in the moonlight as you take a zoo tour. Create your own s'mores by the campfire, explore the museum by flashlight, and so much more! 

Boys ONLY "Howl at the Moon" Overnight Camp
on Friday, July 20th
 

REGISTER FOR boys ONLY OVERNIGHT

Group Overnight Expeditions

Kids of all ages will enjoy an Overnight Expedition at Rolling Hills Zoo! Whether it is for scouts, teams, birthday parties, school groups, family reunions, or any other group looking for a unique experience

  • Souvenir flashlight for everyone
  • Nocturnal Hike thru the Zoo
  • Flashlight tour of the Museum
  • Bedtime snacks & Breakfast
  • Sunrise Tram Ride thru the Zoo
  • Admission into the Zoo the next morning
  • Indoor / Outdoor sleeping options
  • Themed Games & Craft

    Select from:
    Africa - The Safari begins when you arrive!
    Asia - Let's explore the mystery of Asia
    Australia
    - Travel to the Outback
    North America - Discover the wildlife in our own backyard and from coast to coast.

All overnights require a $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve.

Discovery Classes

Have an extra special adventure at Rolling Hills Zoo with a Discovery Class! Enhance your visit and enjoy a grade-specific interactive lesson.  Students will get hands-on experience handling such things as skins, skulls and teeth. This class also includes an animal encounter. You may choose from age appropriate K-8 lessons.  Classes are 45 minutes in length with a suggested participation size of 35 or less. 

$65 for the first program • $35 for each additional program

Toddler Tuesdays

Toddler Tuesdays is an educational experience for toddlers, ages 1 – 5, where they will enjoy a special story time, learn more about the animal featured in the story, create a fun craft, and enjoy playtime. 

Together, toddlers will connect with nature, wildlife and each other.

Toddler Tuesday is a free event with your paid admission. Members get in free.

1st Tuesday of each month & every Tuesday in June & July at 10 a.m. at Hideaway Hollow in the Wildlife Museum:

May 1
June 5, 12, 19 & 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31
August 7

September 4
October 2
November 6
December 4

Story Safari

Held the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of May, June and July, each Story Safari takes place at a different animal exhibit where families will enjoy a story! While most stories are suited for children ages 3 - 8 years old, this is a family-friendly event and all are welcome to join us!  Regular zoo admission applies - Event is included with paid admission.

Saturdays at 9:00 a.m., meet at the zoo exhibit below:

May 12 • Flamingos • Story: Pink Lion by J. Porter

May 26 • Chimpanzees • Story: Chimp and Zee by C. & L. Anholt

June 9 • Rhinos • Story:  Rhino in the House by D. Kirk – The True Story of Saving Samia

June 23 • Orangutans • Story: Orangutangled by S. Bardhan-Quallen

July 14 • Lion • Story: Lazy Lion by MN. Hadithi

July 28 • Hideaway Hollow • Story: Bright Stanley by M. Buckingham

Internships

Rolling Hills Zoo offers unpaid internships.

Areas of interest:

  • Apes
  • Big Cats
  • Children's Barn/ Main Barn
  • Reptiles
  • Hoofstock
  • Horticulture
  • Operations/ IT (Information Technology)
  • Small Mammals
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Events

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age, able to pass background check, have a tetanus shot and negative TB test.
  • Must be enrolled in college & supply RHZ with letter of intent from professor, or have graduated in the last 6 months.
  • Must be able to work in different weather environments, be comfortable with walking, lifting (at least 50+ lbs.), and time outdoors. Physical exertion includes repetitive motions and climbing regularly.
  • Must be able to work both as a team member and independently.
  • A one-time $30 fee is required.
  • Interns are expected to commit to a 12-week program. Interns will have a Wednesday – Sunday schedule, working from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. and may be scheduled to participate on holidays.

To apply, please mail your resume and cover letter indicating your area of interest to:
Attn: Zoo Internships | Rolling Hills Zoo | 625 N. Hedville Rd. | Salina, Kansas 67401