Homeschool Drop-off EdVentures

Drop your student off for a morning of in-depth scientific exploration as they conduct experiments, dissect specimens, build masterpieces and much more! New topics are offered each spring and fall. Scholarships are available, click here to apply.

Important information:

  • Pre-registration required
  • EdVenture programs are held at the John A. and Genny Morris Conservation Education Center located at 600 West Sunshine Street Springfield, MO 65807
  • Need to cancel or reschedule? Please email Cancellations must be submitted with a minimum of two weeks’ notice and are subject to a $10 processing fee. Cancellations made with less than two weeks’ notice will not be refunded. (important information section should match the layout of the please note section under homeschool discount days with the bullet points)

Life Under a Rotting Log

September 19th, 2019

9:00 AM -12:00 PM

Price: $30

Registration Deadline: September 5th, 2019 8:00 AM

You won’t believe the cool critters that live under a log on the forest floor.  Spend the morning at WOW and experience this microhabitat close up! Discover an ecosystem that is full of strange and fantastic life forms, including mosses, fungus, insects, and more. Go on an indoor hike in the aquarium! Practice safe techniques for flipping logs and rocks while learning good Exploration Ethics.

African Safari

October 17th, 2019

9:00 AM -12:00 PM

Price: $30

Registration Deadline: October 3rd, 2019 8:00 AM

Grab your pith helmets and your binoculars, we’re going on a safari! Experience our African wildlife gallery with a brand new perspective as you explore the wilderness of the African savanna to the dense jungles of the Congo. Take in all the sights and sounds of the wildlife around you as you navigate a scavenger hunt that will introduce you to a whole new world.

Jungle Adventure

November 21st, 2019

9:00 AM -12:00 PM

Price: $30

Registration Deadline: November 7th, 2019 8:00 AM

Adventure is out there (in Here!) at WOW! Let’s explore the South American Rainforest together! Venture into the Jungle with your Wonders of Wildlife Guide to see the fantastic poison dart frogs, a huge Anaconda and much more. Experience the Wonder of tropical forests and learn why they are so important to our Earth.

Sea Turtle Life-Cycles

December 19th, 2019

9:00 AM -12:00 PM

Price: $30

Registration Deadline: December 5th, 2019 8:00 AM

Swim out to Wonders of Wildlife and visit our mangrove forest! There you will come face to face with Izzy our green sea turtle, one of our oceans gentle beauties. Journey through a sea turtle’s life cycle to better understand the conflict and struggle they undertake on their paths to becoming an adult sea turtle in this wide blue world.


Knowing the Difference

September 19th, 2019 9:00 AM -12:00 PM Price: $30 Registration Deadline: September 5th, 2019 8:00 AM That’s a lizard, or wait…maybe a salamander…no…a gecko? Take a trek over into the aquarium to meet some of our look-alike friends and find out what makes them all different and unique. Learn to understand key characteristics and adaptations that help you classify and identify organisms throughout their native habitats.

Swamp Things

October 17th, 2019 9:00 AM -12:00 PM Price: $30 Registration Deadline: October 3rd, 2019 8:00 AM Head into the Blackwater Backwater of the SE United States and visit our swamp habitat.  Marvel at this aquatic ecosystem as you encounter American alligators, Black bears and snapping turtles! Explore the history, culture, and folklore of Cajun Country. Celebrate biodiversity with Wonders of Wildlife!

 Coral Culture

November 21st, 2019 9:00 AM -12:00 PM Price: $30 Registration Deadline: November 7th, 2019 8:00 AM Explore some of our worlds brightest and most vibrant forests located beneath the waves. Travel deep within the aquarium to find varying corals and coral reef structures. More than just pretty scenery, corals play a vital role in managing a healthy ecosystem for our oceans. Uncover how these remarkable organisms function and survive.

Cave Explorer

December 19th, 2019 9:00 AM -12:00 PM Price: $30 Registration Deadline: December 5th, 2019 8:00 AM Get Down…Underground at Wonders of Wildlife. Experience the amazing beauty of caves. We’ll study the formation of caves and karst features and meet the incredible creatures that live in the caverns.  Learn how Spelunkers safely investigate caves and practice good Exploration Ethics. Step back in time with the history of show caves and amazing discoveries in Missouri…The Cave State!

Homeschool Discount Days

Wonders of Wildlife hosts homeschool students across the region for a day of discounted admission and learning opportunities. Students will experience the thrill of touching stingrays at the bottom of a sunken shipwreck and have sea stars at their fingertips. With the help of our passionate team of educators, staff, and volunteers, your students are guaranteed to have a great time while learning about the beautiful and complex world we live in.

Important Information:

  • Homeschool Discount Days will be offered 3 times per year.
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the ticket counter on the day of.
  • Members are welcome but are subject to our normal operating hours.

Wonders of Wildlife (4 Hours)

Homeschool Discount Days include admission into both the Aquarium and Wildlife Galleries. The 350,000 sqft experience celebrates the critical role responsible hunting and fishing plays in wildlife conservation and inspires visitors to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors.


About the Aquarium (2 Hours)

Dive into a world-class aquarium adventure featuring 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles and birds in an immersive journey through the world’s underwater habitats including colorful coral reefs, tropical coasts, freshwater swamps, steamy rain forests and more!


About the Wildlife Galleries (1 Hour)

Go eye-to-eye with wildlife and discover the greatest collection of record-setting big game animals ever assembled. Completely immersive exhibits transport visitors to the wildest places on Earth through meticulously recreated 4-D dioramas that include the realistic sights, sounds and smells of awe-inspiring habitats from North America, Africa and the Arctic.

About Chaperones

  • All chaperones must be 18 years and older.
  • Chaperones must accompany students at all times. Students are not permitted to explore the Wildlife Galleries, Aquarium, Bass Pro Shops or the Conservation Center unsupervised.


Chaperone Ratios

  • Minimum chaperone requirement: 1 adult per 8 students
  • Maximum chaperone allotment: 1 adult per 1 student. Additional adults may still attend but will be subject to regular pricing.

To prevent overcrowding and provide the best possible guest experience, Wonders of Wildlife offers timed ticketing. Homeschool Day participants will also receive a special entry hour to enjoy the facility before it opens to members and the general public. Please purchase tickets for Homeschool Day by clicking on your desired entry time below.

Students must be ages 4-17, 18 with proof of enrollment.
Acceptable proof of enrollment documents includes:
– letter of intent
– online course receipt
– certified letter from the state in which the student resides



If you are unable to attend the Homeschool Discount Day, please contact the Wonders of Wildlife Education Department at 417-225-1162. Refunds minus a $10 service fee will be granted to all cancellations made with at least 2 weeks’ notice. No refunds will be given for tickets with less than 2 weeks’ notice.



To prevent fraud, Wonders of Wildlife does not allow Homeschool Discount Day tickets to be transferred to other individuals. During check in you will be asked to present a valid form of ID along with your e-ticket.



Homeschool Discount Day tickets may not be exchanged for other products.



Homeschool Discount Day tickets may not be upgraded to memberships. Current members are welcome to attend with individuals purchasing the Homeschool Discount Day tickets.



Members may join other guests purchasing Homeschool Discount Day tickets but may be asked to wait to enter until 10am depending on guest volume. Homeschool Discount Day tickets cannot be upgraded to memberships.


For questions, contact the education department at:
Phone: 417-225-1162