Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish use their sense of taste as a primary means to detecting food. Taste buds are found over the entire external surface of the fish, as well as inside the mouth, pharynx and gill arches.

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Edventure Academy


Edventure Academy provides a unique opportunity for you and your child to learn more about the animals at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo! Each session is specifically designed for the age group indicated and includes a craft, snack, biofact (skulls, fur, feathers, etc.) presentation, a zoo tour, and may include an animal encounter or keeper talk.

Edventure Academy

A parent or guardian is required to attend preschool sessions with their child; parents are optional for 6-9 year old sessions. Class size is limited to ensure that your child has the most educational and fun experience we can offer! Please help us by leaving toddlers and infants at home. Pre-registration is required for all sessions; a minimum number of registrants is required to run all Edventure Academy programming.


  • Members: $16 per child/one adult pair per session
  • Non-members: $21 per child/one adult pair per session
  • $10 for each additional child or adult (member or non) in the same session

If you prefer to register by check, please click here to download a registration form and mail it to the address at the bottom of the form.

Fowl Weather Friends! Reserve Now

Ducks, and geese, and swans, oh my! Join our flock as we explore the new and improved wetland exhibits at the zoo! We’ll get up close and personal with a variety of exciting new species that call the zoo home in this quack-tastic class!

FR090514 3-5 with one parent September 5, 2014
10:30-12 pm
AM090614 3-5 with one parent September 6, 2014 10:30-12 pm
KA090614 6-7 parent optional September 6, 2014 1:30-3 pm
KB090614 8-9 parent optional September 6, 2014 1:30-3 pm

Check Out Zoo Feet!    Reserve Now

From walking and swimming to climbing and digging, animal feet can do amazing things! Come and learn all about the most extreme animal feet at the zoo in this exciting toe-tapping class! 

FR100314 3-5 with one parent October 3, 2014
10:30-12 pm
AM100414 3-5 with one parent October 4, 2014 10:30-12 pm
KA100414 6-7 parent optional October 4, 2014 1:30-3:00 pm
KB100414 8-9 parent optional October 4, 2014 1:30-3:00 pm


Penguin Parade!           Reserve Now

Do penguins live at the North Pole? Why do they look like they’re wearing tuxedos? Do they have fur or feathers? Come learn the answers to these and all your penguin questions during this exciting class!

FR110714 3-5 with one parent November 7, 2014
10:30-12 pm
AM110814 3-5 with one parent November 8, 2014 10:30-12 pm
KA110814 6-7 parent optional November 8, 2014 1:30-3:00 pm
KB110814 8-9 parent optional November 8, 2014 1:30-3:00 pm


3-2-1 Contact!            Reserve Now

From fuzzy alpacas to giant rabbits to cheeky chickens, the contact barn is a happenin’ place! Join us as we explore all the new animals living in the contact barn in this touchable class

FR120514 3-5 with one parent December 5, 2014
10:30-12 pm
AM120614 3-5 with one parent December 6, 2014 10:30-12 pm
KA120614 6-7 parent optional December 6, 2014 1:30-3:00 pm
KB120614 8-9 parent optional December 6, 2014 1:30-3:00 pm


For questions please call Ashlea at (315) 435-8511 x124 or e-mail

Consent and Waiver Policy

Every participant under the age of 18 without a parent or legal guardian on the premises during the education program must have a signed consent and waiver form on file with the education department. This form will be kept on file for one (1) year, so you only need to fill it out once. If your child's medical history, including food allergy or activity restrictions changes, please notify the education department to update your file at 435-8511 ext. 124. To download the education program consent and waiver form, please click here.

Cancellation Policy

If your child is enrolled and you must cancel for any reason, your registration fee is nonrefundable unless a child on the wait list can fill the space. If there is no wait list for the session indicated, we cannot issue a refund. In the event the cancelled slot is filled, a 25% processing fee will be deducted from your refund.

Please check the website throughout the throughout the school year for current Edventure Academy offerings!