education-animal encounter


Every visit to the Zoo is educational, but here is where you can find out more about new and exciting ways to explore your Zoo. Attend a class, join a camp, or bring a field trip to the Zoo. Students, members, and families can all participate!

Programs for Individuals and Families

Reid Park Zoo offers a variety of educational, hands-on programs for all ages. Workshops for kids from 2-12 years old, family programs, summer camps, after-hours adventures, and special holiday events–we’ve got it all! Pre-registration for these programs is required unless otherwise noted. Click here to browse our upcoming programs, and register today!

Programs for Groups

We have programs available for all types of groups (10+).  Click here to get a list of our group programs and fill out an online request form. Programs are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis according to staff availability. Education Staff scheduling is powered by ShiftPlanning – Employee Scheduling Software.

Outreach Program

Can’t come to us? We’ll come to you! Our outreach programs feature live animals, and your choice of topics. We travel to schools, libraries, and other indoor common areas (sorry, no private homes). Click here to learn more about the program, and to submit a request form.

Opportunities for Teachers

Looking for a unique way for your students to explore concepts introduced in the classroom? Bring your class to the zoo for an adventure they won’t forget! We offer zoo staff guided programs and materials to assist you on a self- guided journey through the Zoo. We also work closely with teachers to offer student experience aligned with national state and state education standards as well as local learning benchmarks. Click here to find out about scheduling a field trip–self-guided or educator-led, for your students. We also offer periodic professional development opportunities for educators.