Programs 2018-01-17T18:45:47+00:00
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!

In addition to the programs listed below, Cosley Zoo offers programs for individuals and families through the Wheaton Park District. Information regarding program dates, times, fees, and registration is available through the online registration system. Select “Cosley Zoo” under Location to see a list of Cosley Zoo’s current offerings.

For more information, please contact us.

Great Backyard Bird Count

Each February, we train our Junior Zookeepers in backyard bird identification and encourage them to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count (gbbc.birdcount.org). Participation is quick and simple, requiring individuals to monitor bird populations anywhere in the world, including their own backyards, for a minimum of 15 minutes, and then submit the results online. This data provides scientists with valuable information about wild bird populations.

The next Great Backyard Bird Count is February 16-19, 2018.

Cosley Zoo offers a training session for individuals and families who would like to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. The 2018 training session is January 27 from 1-2 PM. The fee for the training session is $7 per person or $20 per household or group. For more information or to register, please contact Natasha at nfischer@wheatonparks.org.

Become a Frog Watch USA™ Volunteer

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Do you have an interest in Frogs and Toads? Become a FrogWatch Volunteer!

You do not have to be a frog or toad expert to be a FrogWatch USA volunteer! All you need is:

2018 Training Dates for FrogWatch at Cosley Zoo

Sunday, March 25, 3-5P or Friday, April 20, 6-8P
Fee: $7/person; $20/household (or group)*

*One person per household or group must attend training but all are encouraged to attend.

Email frogwatchcosleyzoo@wheatonparks.org for more information.

FrogWatch USA™

FrogWatch Cosley Zoo is a local chapter of FrogWatch USA, AZA’s flagship citizen science program that invites individuals and families to learn about the wetlands in their communities and help conserve amphibians by reporting the calls of local frogs and toads.

FrogWatch USA volunteers play an important role in amphibian conservation. Over 2000 amphibian species are currently threatened with extinction and many more are experiencing sharp population declines. This alarming trend may be a sign of deteriorating wetland health because amphibians can serve as indicator species.

To learn more about amphibian conservation and FrogWatch USA™ click here.

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 year-round 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 year-round from 7:15-9:15 am
  • Ages: 8-adult. Ages 8-13 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Cost: $40/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.

Coyote Connection NEW!

Go behind the scenes with Cosley Zoo zookeepers to visit our coyote up close and observe a coyote training session. Learn about the important role coyotes play in our environment and how humans and coyotes can safely coexist.

Details:

  • Available daily at 1:00-1:30pm.
  • Sign-up by 12:45pm in the Wild Side Gift Shop during your zoo visit. First come first served, maximum of 6 participants each day.
  • Cost: $18 per 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.

Bobcats Backstage

A unique experience with the bobcats!

Join zookeepers for an exclusive behind-the scenes visit with the bobcats. Learn about this amazing feline as you enjoy a close-up view of a training session.

Details:

  • Available daily 11-11:30A; must be checked in by 10:45A
  • Sign up in the Wild Side Gift Shop or call 630-665-5534 to make a reservation
  • Cost: $18 per 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.