Zoo To You Programs
What is Zoo to You?
Henson Robinson Zoo’s “Zoo to You” programs bring a unique wild experience right to your school, organization, center, or facility.

“Zoo To You” includes a variety of native and/or exotic animals and are presented by a staff member from the Henson Robinson Zoo.

From pre-K to senior citizens, “Zoo to You” programs are for animal lovers of any age range. Each of our programs is modified to meet the cognitive level of your audience.

Although you must have at least 10 people for us to come to your location, there is no audience maximum. However, if your audience consists primarily of preschoolers, we do suggest that audience sizes be kept below 30 participants.

You may have up to four separate “Zoo To You” programs within any zoo visit to your facility.


Program Cost
Inside Springfield:
$60.00 Program fee
$40.00 For each extra program within that same visit to your facility

Outside Springfield, but within 30 miles of zoo:
$70.00 Program fee
$50.00 For each extra program
$.51 per mile round trip-mileage fee

Outside Springfield, but 31 miles or more from the zoo:
$100.00 Program fee
$75.00 For each extra program
$.51 per mile round trip-mileage fee


Scheduling A Program
Call the Henson Robinson Zoo at (217)585-1821 to inquire about availability!

Program Themes
You may chose from a variety of themes or we may be able to create a specialized theme to fit your needs. All programs are adapted to fit the cognitive level of the participants.

Where Do We Live? Ages: Pre-School - Kindergarten Length: 20-30 min
Every animal has a habitat that it calls home! These animals’ habitats couldn’t be more different! Meet animals that would live in the rainforest, desert, farm, and even your house!

Going Wild Ages: Pre-School - Kindergarten Length: 20-30 min
What would it be like to eat bugs for breakfast or catch food with your feet! Hear the story of a day or night in the life of each of our animal visitors and imagine what it would be like to go wild and live like them.

Wild Animal Surprises Ages: 1st grade - 4th grade Length: 30-45 min
Watch out for that predator! Luckily, these animals have some surprising defenses. Can you guess their defense?

Animal Life Cycles Ages: 1st grade - 4th grade Length: 30-45 min
In the story of every animal’s life there is a different beginning, middle, and end. Meet several very different creatures and learn about their unique life cycles.

The Mystery of the Missing Meal Ages: 1st grade - 4th grade Length: 30-45 min
A zookeeper was bringing a snake his food but set it down for just a minute! When she came back, it was gone. Who could have taken it? Use a line-up of suspects and animal clues to help the zookeeper to figure out who stole the missing meal!

Ultimate Animal Survivor Showdown Ages: 1st grade - Adult Length: 45-60 min Meet four animal contestants, each having great adaptations for survival...but which one has the best? You vote for the Ultimate Animal Survivor!

Winter Survival Ages: 1st grade - Adult Length: 45-60 min
How do our animal neighbors spend their winter? Are they working hard or hardly working? Find out in our Winter Survival program.

Home Sweet Home Ages: 1st grade - Adult Length: 45-60 min
Encounter animals from different habitats around the world and discover how they cope with the challenges of their habitats.

Creepy Critters Ages: 1st grade - Adult Length: 45-60 min
See animals that creep people out, and find out that even creepy animals can be pretty cool!

Illinois Natives Ages: 1st grade - Adult Length: 45-60 min
Meet animals that live around us everyday, and discover why they are great neighbors.

Awesome Amphibians Ages: 1st grade - Adult Length: 45-60 min
Meet something slimy as our amphibian ambassadors hop on over to teach you about what it takes to be an amphibian.

Radical Reptiles Ages: 1st grade - Adult Length: 45-60 min
These cold-blooded creatures really are radical! Meet some reptile representatives. This program is not available on Tuesdays.

Mammal Mania Ages: 1st grade - Adult Length: 45-60 min
What does it take to be a mammal? Catch mammal mania and find out why we and our animal visitors are mammals.

Birds of Prey Ages: 5th grade - Adult Length: 60 min
What is a bird of prey and why are they important? Meet a hawk, owl, and falcon to find out.

Going, Going, Gone Ages: 5th grade - Adult Length: 60 min
Meet endangered animals and find out why they are threatened with extinction. Also, learn how zoos and you can help!

Totally Taxonomy Ages: 5th grade - Adult Length: 60 min
Animals from each vertebrate group show how and why taxonomists sort them into their various groupings.

Zoo Careers Ages: 7th grade - Adult Length: 60 min
This job can get pretty wild! Discover what jobs are available at the zoo and how to achieve a zoo career. Also meet some of the animals we take care of!

Pet Therapy Ages: All ages Length: 45 min
This program focuses on individual attention and the enriching effects of animal contact. Pet Therapy is designed for small audiences (no more than 30) at your nursing home or assisted living/care facility.