Nature Explorers Preschool at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is now enrolling for full-time care for the 2024-25 school year starting August 12, 2024.

With a new preschool center, state-of-the-art classrooms and a dedicated nature-based outdoor learning area, Nature Explorers Preschool is entering a new and exciting era, said Early Childhood Center Director Amanda Milligan.

“Our goal is for students to spend 75 percent of their time outdoors, leaning about the natural world: animals, their habitats, their role in the world, and our responsibility to protect and preserve them,” Milligan said. “And Nature Explorers adheres to all OKDHS childcare licensing standards, Oklahoma Early Learning Guidelines, Oklahoma Academic Standards for Pre-K, and school readiness skills.”

Nature Explorers is open to children who are ages 3-5 years old on or before September 1, 2024. All three classes will be mixed-age groups. Studies show that this age range works well together to advance older and younger students alike, Milligan added. Each class of approximately 15 children will have two teachers for full-day preschool.

Preschool tuition is $345 weekly and includes breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack as well as a ZOOfriends membership Passport for four (4) while student is enrolled. Parents interested in Nature Explorers Preschool can attend open house sessions at the new classroom center on these dates:

  • Wednesday, July 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 27, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

To learn more about Nature Explorers Preschool visit

The OKC Zoo is hiring Nature Explorers Preschool teachers for its upcoming school year. To view the full job description and apply online visit

As Nature Explorers Preschool migrates to its brand-new center, fans have an opportunity to make a gift in support of this exciting growth at the Zoo.  Those who make a gift of $250 or more to support this innovative new learning center can add their family’s or child’s name on a butterfly emblem as part of a permanent art piece displayed inside the preschool center. There are only 150 butterflies available for this inaugural piece and gifts can be made at  

The Oklahoma City Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the last entry no later than 4 p.m. Through Labor Day, Monday, September 2, the Zoo is open daily at 8:30 a.m. for ZOOfriends with current memberships. Purchase advance Zoo admission tickets at and avoid the entry lines. Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the OKC Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, and Oklahoma City’s Adventure District. Zoo admission is $16 for adults and $13 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free.

Membership has its perks! As a ZOOfriends member of the Oklahoma City Zoo, enjoy free admission all year-long, plus many additional benefits and discounts. You will also be supporting the Zoo’s animal family, education programming and conservation initiatives both locally and globally. Join or renew today at

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