Put on your walking shoes, gather your little ones, and explore The Zoo!

First Encounters gives young children an opportunity to meet various animal ambassadors at The Zoo with their adult caregiver. Each First Encounters class also includes a story or craft relevant to one of the animals that the children meet.


Program Date and Time:

Thursday, October 28 - 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 


Nonmember: $20 | Member: $15

*Additional children: half price | *Additional adult: $10

Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

Important Information:

  • Reservations are due no later than Oct. 21. Reservations are not confirmed until paid in full.
  • We will be outside for the duration of the program – please make sure all participants are prepared for the weather.
  • Refunds will only be processed with a doctor’s note stating medical exemption from participation.
  • Face coverings are required for all participants over 2 regardless of vaccination status, per the current Springfield mask mandate.