december 2016 – May 2017

Inspire your child’s wild side and join the fun!
Happy Hollow Members receive a 10% discount on classes
with their membership number and coupon code HHMEM*
To check out past fall classes, click here.

Registration begins December 3, 2016
for January - March classes

Registration begins February 18, 2017
for April - June classes

 

Scholarships are available for residents of San Jose;
click here for details.

 

 

Coffee & Critters (ages 6-24 months with an adult)

Parents and their young children come together in this fun and unique program where you’ll meet other zoo families while enjoying morning refreshments. After the morning mingle, you will embark on an exciting walkabout through the zoo and even meet animals up close! Zoo educators will facilitate parents learning early childhood education techniques to connect families with nature. Class fee is for one child and one accompanying adult. Additional children require separate registration. Please respect age restrictions and do not bring older or younger siblings to class.

Tuesdays from 10:00 am -11:00 am
$20 non-members / $18 members

Excellent Ears * February 7
Big ears, little ears, no ears at all? Discover how animals’ ears help them survive and even how some do more than just listen.

Exceptional Eyes * February 21
My, what big eyes you have! The better to see food, friends, and foes with! Meet animals with exceptional eyesight and learn why they see so well.

Nothing but Noses * March 7
How do you know whether it’s safe to eat a ripe apple or a rotten egg? The nose knows! Learn how animals use their noses to sniff out a tasty treat or even how they get to know their neighbors!

Hands and Feet * March 21
We use our hands and feet for many things: digging, running, hopping, swinging, and so much more. Learn how animals use their paws, hands, and hooves to do the same.

Tongues and Teeth * April 4
Animals use their tongues and teeth for more than just eating! Discover how different teeth chew different food and how some tongues stretch for food that’s out of reach!?

Tremendous Tails * April 18
Curly, straight, fanned, or hidden – tails come in many forms and have many functions! Learn how animals use their tails in a variety of different ways!

NEW! Fur, Feathers, and Scales * May 2
Each animal’s body is covered differently making them look and feel unique. Join us as we visit animals who are covered with fur, feathers, or scales!

NEW! Colors and Camouflage * May 16
There are animals that stand out and others that blend in! Come meet animals of different colors and patterns and find out whether they like to hide or want to be seen!

To register online, please click here.
For a printable registration form, click here.

 

Tales for Tots (ages 2-3 with an adult) 

Stories come to life during each three-part series where toddlers and their adults explore the world of various tales through engaging songs, interactive play, unique crafts, and live animal encounters! This class is designed to be a transitional experience into preschool. Class fee is for one child and one accompanying adult. Additional children require separate registration. Please respect age restrictions and do not bring older or younger siblings to class.

Wednesdays from 10:00 am-11:00 am
Three-part series: $65 non-members / $58.80 members
Single class meeting: $25 non-members / $22.50 members

Tales with Tails * February 1, 8, 15
As we read stories about animals with tails, we will discover why animals are the way they are, have the features they have, and how that makes them unique!

Growing Up Wild * March 8, 15, 22
Each animal is born and raised differently from the next! Learn about baby animals and what growing up is like for them!

Habitat Explorers * April 12, 19, 26 
Explore a variety of amazing animal habitats, and how animals choose the best home for their needs.

To register online, please click here.
For a printable registration form, click here.

 

Wild Science (ages 4-6)  

Each “edutaining” class includes interactive discussions, inquiry-based activities, a visit from one of our animal ambassadors, and more! Join us for a class full of discovery and play!

Saturdays from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
$25 non-members / $22.50 members


Animal Tracks * December 3
Tracks, scat, and animal facts – that’s what you’ll need to know about to become an expert in tracking animals! Learn how animal tracks come in many forms, including footprints, fur, feathers, and even poop!

NEW! Where in the World: Africa & Madagascar * February 4
Africa and Madagascar are home to a rich array of biodiversity. Join us on safari as we explore these places and meet animals from halfway across the world!

NEW! Where in the World: North America * March 4
What would you look for on a journey through North America, or even your own backyard? Join us as we learn about native animals and what makes our continent so special!

NEW! Where in the World: South America * April 1
From sloths to iguanas to giant anteaters, come along as we travel across South America! We will discover this continent's diverse animal population and their amazing adaptations!

To register online, please click here.
For a printable registration form, click here.

 

Jr. Keepers (ages 7-9)

Does raking, scooping, feeding, enriching, and caring for zoo animals sound exciting to you? Then join our zoo crew!  Throughout the year, Junior Keepers explore different aspects of zookeeping. Join us to learn about the many facets of animal husbandry, veterinary care, and more!

Saturdays from 9:00 am-12:00 pm
$35 non-members / $31.50 members


All About Primates * December 10
Primates require special care at the zoo. Join us to learn about their complex social structure, unique medical care, and participate in their enrichment program. 

Birds of a Feather * February 11
… flock together! Social species require special care in captivity to remain as happy and healthy as their wild counterparts. Discover the special considerations that zoo keepers make when caring for macaws, meerkats and more!

One Isn’t the Loneliest Number * March 11
While many animals prefer to be in the company of others, some species are more content living a solitary lifestyle. Learn about these mysterious animals and what they do with all their free time.

Howdy Neighbor * April 22
Do you ever get anxious meeting new friends? There is a lot of thought and planning when zookeepers prepare to introduce two or more animals to each other. Join us to learn how keepers provide for their safety during these exciting times!

To register online, please click here.
For a printable registration form, click here.

 

Zooteen Shadow (ages 10-13)

Are you eager to volunteer at the zoo? Our Zooteen Program starts at age 14, but you can get a head start with Zooteen Shadow! Join our young mentors to learn the very same tasks that the zookeepers taught them! You’ll learn valuable skills in this adult-supervised class. 

Saturdays from 9:00 am-1:00 pm
$45 non-members / $40.50 members

Animal Care * February 18
Join our Animal Care Zooteens to muck animal stalls in the barn, take care of our chickens, and create enrichment for the meerkats.

Meet & Greet * March 18
Zooteens provide our guests with the opportunity to meet our live animal ambassadors up close at Critter Corner!  Join our Meet & Greet Zooteens to learn about our animal ambassadors, talk to the public, and even how to handle one of our program animals!

To register online, please click here.
For a printable registration form, click here.

 

Zoo Clue Challenge (ages 5+, each team must include an adult) 

How well do you know Happy Hollow? Discover even more through a park-wide scavenger hunt! Team up with your family and friends to solve riddles, complete puzzles, and explore animal exhibits to complete the challenge! Everyone will receive a small prize for completing the scavenger hunt, with larger prizes awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. This class will run rain or shine; please dress accordingly. Class fee is for a team of up to four people. Families or friends without children are welcome to join in too!

Saturday, April 29 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
$45 non-members / $40.50 members; up to four people per team

 

School Break Camps at Happy Hollow! (ages 5-9) 

Spend your week off school learning about animals at the zoo! Our camps are filled with interactive educational activities, live animal encounters, zoo tours, nature play, and more! Children attend camps independently, without parent/guardian. 

Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$325 non-members / $229.50 members

Animal Detectives * February 20-24
Become a detective and use your senses to discover what clues animals leave around us. From creative camouflage to scat and tracks, join us as we discover how to find out more about wild animals.

Home Sweet Habitat * April 3-7 and April 10-14
What makes up a habitat? Are all habitats the same? Join us to find out how animals make their habitat a home.

To register online, please click here.
For a printable registration form, click here.

 

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