Countywide : Santa Ana Zoo Offers Variety of Programs

A series of natural science workshops for young children and their parents will be offered starting in October at the Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park.

In the "Mommy and Me" program, preschoolers will learn about animal life by touring the zoo, interacting with animals and making crafts. The five-session workshop will be conducted from 10 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays.

The single-session "Breakfast with the Beasts" workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturdays. Participants will have breakfast at the zoo, go on a guided tour, then help feed the animals before the zoo opens to the public.

Children and their parents enrolled in "Animal Handling" will make contact with small mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. This single-session workshop will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays.

"Storytelling," a new program, is designed for young children who enjoy animal tales. This free program will be offered from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month.

Advance registration is required for these family programs. Additional information is available by calling (714) 836-4000.

The zoo, at 1801 E. Chestnut Ave. in Santa Ana, is open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

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