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Journey and Badge Workshops at the Topeka Zoo

 Topeka Zoo

​The first animal exhibits were constructed in Gage Park in 1933. Additional exhibits were built during the 1950s and 1960s. And, in 1963, the city’s first Zoo Director was hired. The Zoo’s first major facility was constructed in 1966, under the leadership of long-time Zoo Director Gary K. Clarke, to house large mammals. Clarke’s legacy went on to include many of the exhibits enjoyed today by Zoo visitors, including the Tropical Rainforest, Discovering Apes, Gorilla Encounter and Lion’s Pride​.

Additional Informaiton: All workshops are $145, or $5 per person, whichever is greater. Cost includes a 2 – hour program with lots of live animals and exciting work that applies directly toward accomplishing the journey or badge you select. Choose the Topeka Zoo for an exciting, hands-on, interactive way of achieving the badges you select.



Current partner programs are listed below. Click on the Program Name for additional information.
  • Ambassador

    ​This two hour program will help girls explore the world of water on our earth, learn how the water cycle works, find out about water issues affecting our earth and some solutions to those issues.

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  • Senior

    ​This two hour program will help girls explore the world of domestic animals, those used by humans for pets, food, and other uses.

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  • Cadette

    ​This two hour workshop will help girls explore the connection between animals and human’s, learn how animals have helped humans through the ages, how they help us now, and how they might help us in the future.

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  • Cadette

    ​This two hour program will help girls explore the amazing science of trees, learn the value of trees, learn to identify different types of common Kansas trees and design a dream tree garden.

    Date: VARIES
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  • Junior

    ​This two hour workshop will help girls discover the world of wild animals, investigate animal habitats, create an animal house, explore endangered animal homes, and learn how to protect animal habitats. 

    Date: VARIES
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  • Daisy

    ​This workshop takes Daisy's on a Journey with animals from around the world.  Girls will see and interact with animals from different countries, learn to identify some of those animals and understand the importance of those animals to those parts of the world.

    Date: VARIES
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  • Brownie

    This workshop will girls be aware of the unique world of bugs, how they differ from other life forms, and how they impact on the natural and human world.

    Date: VARIES
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  • Brownie

    This two hour program helps girls learn to use all their senses to explore the world.  Hands-on activities that employ the senses of look, listen, smell, taste, touch & feel, will help girls to learn to use all of their senses while observing the world around them including the natural world.

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  • Brownie

    This workshop takes Brownies on a journey in which they can receive four separate awards.  Awards are offered for girls work on this journey in understanding the many ways we use and enjoy water, understand the science of water and its importance to us while they also commit to protecting it.

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  • Junior

    This two hour workshop will involve girls touring multiple different types of gardens, and teach girls how to select garden sites, design gardens of various types, select garden plants, and how to grow and maintain gardens.

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