Growing WILD together!

UPDATE: Due to current group size restrictions set forth by the CDC and current recommendations by the DHS, preschool enrollment is full.

A wait list for the 2020-2021 school year is available. Pleas apply and pay the $25 application fee to be added to the list.

You must submit payment for your $25 application fee by clicking the purple button above at the time of application. Your application is not considered complete until payment has been received.

Our values: Wonder. Integrity. Love. Diversity.

  • Growing WILD. We believe in the sacredness of childhood. We understand this incredible stage of human development, and we honor it by encouraging children to play and by supporting their growth, as we play and grow ourselves. We also commit to grow as an early childhood education program rooted in educational research.
  • Wonder. We believe in the power of curiosity. We know that an open-minded approach to life allows imaginations to grow and flourish, connections to form, and meaning to be built. We see the world with new eyes each day.
  • Integrity. We commit to becoming the best version of ourselves. Young children learn by observing the role models in their lives. We strive to provide strong models for children to imitate, and we teach children the power of their own words and actions.
  • Love. We embrace that loving, safe relationships are the foundation of high-quality early childhood education. We approach our families, our children, and our work with love in an effort to build a compassionate community.
  • Diversity. We recognize that everyone is different, and that our differences strengthen us as a community. Together, we create a place where all children are free to discover and to celebrate their own unique cultures and identities. 

Our mission: To inspire the healthy social emotional, physical, creative, and cognitive development of young children through close-up experiences with animals and nature.

Days, Times, and Tuition Rates

  • Monday-Friday; 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • School-year Session: Tuesday September 8, 2020 – Thursday June 10, 2021 (Start date pending licensure)
  • NEW! Summer Session: Monday June 21, 2021 – Friday August 27, 2021
  • $900 per month

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register my child?

Applications will be accepted beginning on February 3, 2020. A $25 application fee is due when applying and can be paid online, in person, or by mail. Click HERE to apply! Click HERE to pay your application fee.

Who should apply?

The Lake Superior Zoo School is open to children ages 3-5 located in the Twin Ports area. We will also accept families participating in the Child Care Assistance Program.

What does a typical day look like at the Lake Superior Zoo School?

• Arrival & Playscape Play
• Zoo Walkabout
• Bathroom & Snack
• Whole Group
• Small Group
• Outdoor Play
• Bathroom & Lunch
• Rest
• Indoor Play
• Bathroom & Snack
• Playscape Play & Departure

Learn more about our program plan here.

Is there a deposit once placement is announced?

Yes, a $360 deposit is required to hold your child’s spot.

How is tuition collected?

Tuition will be collected via automatic bank withdrawal.

Will there be holiday breaks?

Yes, please see our calendar here.

For questions or more information contact:

Leah Budnik
lbudnik@lszoo.org
(218) 730-4500 ext. 219