Preschool Programs

Enroll your child in one of our fun preschool programs today!

Preschool Programs

Camp BioPark for Preschoolers

Camp BioPark offers adventures for children from pre-school through grade 9. Learn more about Camps for pre-schoolers and accompanying adults.

BioPark Beginnings;

Year-round opportunities to Explore nature at the BioPark with your child. Seasonal sessions are offered on Tuesday or Wednesday!

BioPark Beginnings offers children an early introduction to wildlife education.

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  • Where: Alternates between Zoo, Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach and Aquarium.
  • When: Tuesdays or Wednesdays
    • Tuesday Sessions: 1-2:30 p.m. Jan 12-April 5.
    • Wednesday Sessions: 9:30-11 a.m. Jan 13 - April 6.
  • Ages: 3-6 (children must be accompanied by adult)
  • Cost:$175 for entire 12-week session. Cost includes one child and one adult. Up to two additional children are $80 each.
  • Member Discount: NM BioPark Society Members receive a 10 percent discount. Must provide membership information at time of registration.
  • Registration: Group size is limited. Pre-registration is required, and participation is reserved only upon receipt of payment. Register online.


Explore the Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach with your pre-school child. Each weekly class includes songs, games, crafts, and visits to the BioPark’s exhibits. Join us for an exploration of the wonders of Africa and the BioPark to learn about African painted dogs, vultures, African giant millipedes, zebra sharks and more.

Activities are designed for ages 3-6 and are facilitated with active parent participation. Classes alternate weekly between the Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden or Tingley Beach. Registration is now open. If you have questions, call BioPark Education at 505-848-7180.

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About Ms. Ann

Pre-school Teacher Ann Gallegos brings more than 30 years of experience in elementary and early childhood education to the program. Her curriculum is specially designed to teach about each continent, plant and animal. Ms. Ann is a dynamic and enthusiastic teacher who sparks imaginations and excites the senses of young students.

Parent Feedback

Parents from previous BioPark Beginnings classes have some great things to say about their experiences! Here are some of their comments:

  • “We loved the structure of the class, the songs, the animal facts, the crafts, and especially Ms. Ann!”
  • “I loved the interaction with the kids while learning. The hands on really helped.”
  • “It’s educational for adults, too.”
  • "Ms. Ann created a great learning environment!  We really enjoyed how prepared Ms. Ann was for each class.”
  • "(We loved) everything! We loved the structure of the class, the songs, the animal facts, the crafts, and especially Ms. Ann!"
  • "We enjoy the variety of animals; the organization is wonderful."
  • "Ms. Ann! She taught to every child using a variety of modalities (e.g., music, movement, story, rhyming, pictures, etc.). Being a speech-language pathologist, I was extremely impressed...Ms. Ann's energy and enthusiasm is hard to find."
  • "Every activity Ms. Ann prepared was considerately related to each other so that kids could get chances to think about the theme deeply."
  • "Fun and educational"
  • "Ms. Ann consistently enjoying the children in each class activity -- she nurtures learning with the children."