Preschool and Homeschool Programs

Zoo Knoxville is following CDC guidelines for daycares and following the guidance of Knox County Health Department. These measures include increased hand washing/sanitizing throughout the day and increased cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces. Classrooms will be disinfected daily and classes will be kept separate from each other. All staff and students will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 each day before being allowed to attend class. Parents and all children attending the 6th-8th grade class are required to wear a mask inside all buildings. Children attending preschool – 5th grade classes are not required to wear a mask but can if they are comfortable putting it on and taking it off properly by themselves. 


SCIENCE PUPS

Bring your little scientist to the zoo to explore science through games, activities, crafts and up-close animal encounters.  You’ll participate with your child as we inspire curiosity and create connections with animals and science. Weekly classes are offered on Tuesdays and Fridays for ages 4-5. One parent or guardian must attend. The Friday preschool class has filled. One space has become available in the Tuesday class.  

An annual pass or Circle of Friends membership is required to register. Both the student(s) and whoever brings the student(s) to class must either pay admission or have an annual pass or Circle of Friends membership.   

Purchase Zoo Passes

Tuesday Preschool Class Information

Preschool Class Registration

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HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE ACADEMY

Zoo Knoxville Homeschool Academy’s semester long weekly classes (in-person and NEW virtual options) and monthly classes are an impactful way to supplement your K-8th grade science curriculum.  From hands-on activities to up-close animal encounters, students learn how to apply science concepts to the plants and animals found at Zoo Knoxville. Spring semester registration is open for all families.

NEW! Virtual Homeschool Classes

If in-person homeschool classes won’t work for your Kindergarten – 5th grade student, we now have a virtual option! We’ll cover the same units as our in-person classes including an emphasis on hands-on learning similar to our in-person classes. Class materials will be shipped to you monthly, or you can pick them up at the zoo. The semester will start on February 19th and end on May 14th. Click the button below for more information. An annual pass is NOT required for registration. Registration for virtual classes is open.

Virtual Class Information

To register, click the appropriate button below and enter your name and email in the new window. A secure Docusign form will open. Please fill out a separate form for each student.

Virtual K-2nd Registration

Virtual 3rd-5th Registration

In-person Classes

Weekly and Monthly Options are available for classes at the zoo. See below for more details. An annual pass or Circle of Friends membership is required to register for in-person classes. Both the student(s) and whoever brings the student(s) to class must either pay admission or have an annual pass or Circle of Friends membership.   

Purchase Zoo Passes

Helpful Hint: If you’ve purchased a new pass online and have not received your card, your number is in the PDF that is attached to your pass confirmation email. You will need to remove the first three digits of the number under the bar code. If you purchased a family pass or combo pass you will need to contact the Annual Pass office at 865-637-5331 x1011 to finish setting up your account before logging in.

In-person Weekly Classes

Keep your student engaged with a regular dose of science fun and discovery.  Weekly science classes are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for Kindergarten – 8th grade.  Spring semester registration is open for all families.      

Weekly Class Information

Weekly Class Registration

In-person Monthly Classes

Supplement your curriculum with monthly science classes on Thursdays for Kindergarten – 12th grade. Spring semester registration is open for all families.

Monthly Class Information

Monthly Class Registration

Use the code EDUHOMESAVE during registration to pay only for the remaining three monthly classes. 

Contact zkfamily@zooknoxville.org for questions.