Critter Club

Each thematic program consists of classes that use dramatic play, movement, story, biofacts, animal habitats, and live animal interactions* to help our youngest explorers learn how to care for wildlife and their homes.

Junior Zookeeper

Discover what it’s like to care for animals at a zoo. Visit our kitchen to learn how keepers prepare healthy meals for our animals; peer inside the operating room of the animal hospital; dress up like a veterinarian; create an enrichment toy and so much more!

Ages: 3-5 (with an adult)

Three-session class on Mondays, January 6, 20 and February 3 from 9:15-11:15 a.m. (FULL)

Three-session class on Saturdays, January 11, 25 and February 8 from 9:15-11:15 a.m. (FULL)


Zoo members: $60 for one adult and one child, $39 additional child.
Non-members: $75 for one adult and one child. $39 additional child

One adult per child maximum. There must be a registered adult for every two children

Ages: 4-5 (without an adult)

Three- session class on Thursdays, January 16, 30 and February 13 from 9:15-11:45 a.m.
Three-session class on Saturdays, January 18, February 1 and February 15 from 9:15-11:45 a.m.


Zoo members: $75 per child
Non-members: $90 per child

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*Animal welfare is top priority at the Oregon Zoo. Given this, we are occasionally required to modify or cancel a scheduled live animal interaction to meet the needs of our animals. Thank you for your understanding.  

Registration Information

  • The Critter Club classes are designed for the specified age level. Please do not bring unregistered siblings to the classes.
  • Zoo admission beyond the class time is not included.
  • A snack is included in each class; however, we are unable to accommodate food allergies or dietary restrictions. If your child has allergies or special dietary needs, please pack your own snacks.

Questions? Contact the Education Office.