Education FAQ

What programs do you offer for kids?

The Education Department offers a variety of fun and educational programs for all ages.  We have tours, classes, encounters, and workshops that individuals or families can sign up for.

Do you offer programs for groups?

Yes!  We offer all of our programs for groups—there’s no minimum number of people who can participate, but there is a minimum program price that must be met.  If you have a larger group we may suggest splitting into smaller groups depending on the program you select.  Read about the programs we offer for groups here, and then call the Education Department at 520-837-8200 to schedule a date, or use this form to submit a request online. We book all our program first come, first serve based on staff availability, so reserve your program as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment.

Do you offer Behind-the-Scenes tours?

Yes!  Our Behind-the-Scenes Tour, which offers a peek at how Zoo Keepers care for over 300 animals every day, is available for individuals and families, or for groups.  This one-hour walking tour can be tailored to a variety of specific topics, like habitats, conservation, or careers with animals.  Click here for more information.

Do you offer summer camps?

Our summer camp sessions run M-F during the months of June and July.  We offer sessions for kids entering grades 1&2, 3&4, and 5&6.  Online registration begins in February, and camps typically sell out in April or May. 

My child is 13 years old—what is available for him/her?

Teens are always welcome on Behind-the-Scenes tours, or any program listed as appropriate for all ages, or for ages 5 and up.  Teens 13-17 can also apply for our Teen Volunteer Program.

Do you offer discounts on Education Programs?

Schools or home-school groups using the Zoo as part of their curriculum during the regular school day qualify for special program pricing, which teachers can learn about here.  Although we try to keep all of our program prices as low as possible, we are not able to offer discounts on programs for after school programs, community enrichment classes, any other groups or individuals.

What if I haven’t found the answer to my question here?

Click here to submit an inquiry to the Education Department, or call us 7 days a week at 520-837-8200.  During busy seasons we may all be out instructing programs, but leave us a message and we’ll call you back as soon as we can!