Wild Encounters Program Request Form

Wild Encounters Program Request Form

Penguineering Program Request Form

John Ball Zoo Education Department, 1300 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI49504

Phone: 616-336-4300● Fax: 616-336-3907 ● Email:

Please complete this form and return it to JBZ Education Department via the email, fax or mailing address above. You will be contacted via email or phone to discuss your request. A confirmation will be sent by mail once registration is finalized. If you have any questions, concerns or special issues, please do not hesitate to call us at (616) 336-4300.

Pick a Date

Please give at least 3 possible dates and times for ease of scheduling. Programs may start as early as 9am.


Program Description

Students learn about habitats and how animals impact their habitat using Magellanic Penguins as the model. Students become the penguin as they create a nesting habitat and test it against certain environmental constraints. This program is approximately 45 minutes long and designed for no more than 25-30 students/class. If your class numbers are high we recommend splitting into two smaller groups. Siblings are not allowed in this program.

Program Cost

$30.00program fee/class for up to 30 students, teacher and6 chaperones. Program fee does not include admission into the zoo. The discounted admission rate for school groups is $3.00 per student. The teacher and one chaperone per five paid students are free. Additional chaperones and siblings are responsible for the admission price on the day of your program.The zoo can bring the Penguineering class to your classroom. The cost for the program offsite is $95 for the first program, $55 for each consecutive program, and $1 per mile travel fee. Consecutive programs further than 20 minutes apart will incur an addition fee. Program fees are valid through December, 2017

John Ball Zoo Education Revised 8/7/17

Tell Us More About Your Group

To help us provide you with a better program, please answer the following questions:

  1. Why are you bringing your students to the zoo?
  2. What are you studying in school that relates to your zoo visit and the topic you’ve chosen?
  3. Do any of the students in your group have any needs we should be aware of?

Time you plan on arriving at the Zoo: Time you must depart from the Zoo:

Grade Level(s): Approx. # of classes coming: Approx. # of Students per class:

Name of School:

Name of primary contact person organizing the zoo visit:

Email: Phone #: Fax #:

School Mailing Address: City: Zip Code:

Will you be traveling by bus or car? If by bus, how many? Are buses staying?

Would you like to add admission?

Additional Comments:

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