.Zoo World Patch

Zoo World Patch is a self-guided program that enables youth groups to earn a special Brookfield Zoo patch by completing a series of fun and educational activities. Your group can participate in the Zoo World Patch program at any time. Brookfield Zoo is open 365 days a year.

The age-specific Zoo World Patch programs are divided into three sections:
  • Pre-Visit
  • Zoo-Visit
  • Post-Visit
Each section requires up to an hour and a half to complete. The activities are self-guided and are designed to be done as a group with your own leader and adult chaperons.

Program activities include games, creative projects, role-playing, and puzzles. These activities can be integrated with everyday resources. Select the program below that is appropriate for your groupís age range. Mail your payment and completed registration form to Brookfield Zoo. We will send your program materials to you after we receive your form. Please register at least four weeks in advance of your zoo Field Trip.

Program Fees:
  • $6.00 Adult Leaderís Guide
    (includes detailed activity instructions, background information, and activity answers)
  • $2.00 Chaperonís Guide
    (includes detailed activity instructions to use during the zoo Field Trip)
  • $3.50 Childís Guide
    (includes a workbook and patch)
  • $2.00 Additional Patches

The above fees cover the cost of program materials. Admission and parking fees are payable on the day of your zoo visit.

Program Descriptions:

Petkeeper - Zookeeper - Earthkeeper
For children 6 to 9 years old

This program helps children understand why people keep animals, which animals make good pets, what resources animals need to live, and how zoos care for them. This program includes free admission to the Childrenís Zoo for all registered participants.


The Role of a Modern Zoo
For children 9 to 12 years old

This program helps children understand the role of a modern zoo, the challenges of running a zoo, and how they can help with zoo conservation efforts.


Registration forms available online. Please contact the Conservation Education and Training Department at adventuresinlearning@czs.org with any questions.



The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature.


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