Enjoy hearing stories about your favorite animals at Bookworms.

Enjoy hearing stories about your favorite animals at Bookworms.

Individual & Family Programs

Cosley Zoo offers many exciting programs for animal lovers of every age!


Current programs, dates, times, fees, and registration are all available through the Wheaton Park District online registration system. Select “Cosley Zoo” under Location to see a full list of Cosley Zoo’s current offerings. Please register for programs through the Wheaton Park District unless otherwise noted.

For more information, please contact us.

Zookeeper for a Day

Do you want to be a zookeeper? Come spend part of the day and work side by side with one of Cosley Zoo’s Animal Care staff. Assist with routine cleaning and care, provide enrichment to the animals, and be a part of a training demonstration. Participants will also receive a certificate, special souvenir, and photo.

Details:

  • Available April-October from 10 am-1 pm
  • Ages: 14+
  • Cost: $95/person. 10% discount for Wild Bunch Plus and Keeper Club member levels.

To sign up, call the Cosley Zoo Education Department at 630.665.5534.

Morning Chores

Have you ever wanted to help take care of animals on a farm? Well now is your chance to get a first-hand experience. Join the staff as you help clean and bed stalls, feed some farm animals, and try your hand at grooming.

Details:

  • Available April-October from 7:15-9:15 am
  • Ages: 8-adult.  Ages 8-13 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Cost: $20/person. 10% discount for Wild Bunch Plus and Keeper Club member levels.

To sign up, call the Cosley Zoo Education Department at 630.665.5534.

Special Events

For a list of upcoming special events, please click here.