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The Adventure Begins Here!

We have a variety of programs available for groups of all sizes and ages! Our programs are scheduled first come, first serve, and according to date and staff availability. Please plan as far ahead as possible. Please click on the appropriate button below to see programs and pricing for your group type.

Zoo Adventure Program (ZAP):

If you have a large group, this is the adventure for you! ZAP programs focus on a topic of your choice and will include fun activities and presentations with LIVE animal ambassadors.

Age:
Designed for ages 5 and up.

Maximum group size:
40 participants (adults and children)
For larger groups, we can schedule back-to-back programs in the same day (up to 120 participants).

Program Length:
45-minutes

Fee:
$10.00 per person (child and adult). This includes Zoo admission and
program participation. Minimum program price: $200.00.

Zoo Adventure Program Topics:

  • Habitats (designed for all ages): Learn what an animal needs in its habitat and how animals survive in the desert, rainforest and savanna habitats.
  • Adaptations (designed for all ages): Learn about adaptations that help wild animals survive and how people can be inspired by nature’s survival tips.
  • Zoo 101 (designed for all ages): Caring for the animals that call the Zoo home is a big job! Learn how we do it and why what we do is so important.
  • Locomotion (designed for grades K-2): Investigate how animals move from here to there by exploring their unique adaptations.
  • Conservation and Endangered Species (ages 8 and up): Discover Reid Park Zoo’s role as a conservation organization and how zoos and scientists work to protect wildlife and wild places.
  • Animal Food and Nutrition – Feeding A Zoo (ages 6 and up): Through a tour of the Zoo’s kitchen and live animal presentations, your group will learn about the unique adaptations that determine what an animal eats and what it takes to feed all the animals at the Zoo.
  • Animal Health Care- Caring for Animals in a Zoo (ages 8 and up): Visit the Zoo’s Animal Health Center, meet live animal ambassadors, and learn how the Zoo cares for over 250 animal residents.

Behind-the-Scenes Add-on for ZAP programs:

These add-on encounters are only for groups participating in a ZAP program.  Each encounter will last 20-minutes Behind-the-Scenes for an additional fee.

Age:
All participants must be at least 5 years or older.

Program Length:
20-minutes

Fee:
$4.00 per person (in addition to ZAP session fee)

Behind-the-Scenes opportunities include ONE of the following:

  • Rhino encounter
  • Anteater encounter

NOTE: All animal encounters are subject to change on the day of your program if necessary for animal health and comfort.

Request a Zoo Adventure Program Today! 

Junior Zoo Keeper:

Through this interactive, hands-on program your youth group will experience a snapshot of a day in the life of a Zoo Keeper. Travel behind-the-scenes to the Zoo’s kitchen to prepare a meal for one of the animals at the Zoo, watch a training demonstration with an animal ambassador, feed the giraffes, and even clean an animal night house.  We will do and see it all, just like a Zoo Keeper!  Participants should leave their best clothes at home and be prepared to get down and dirty on this behind the scenes adventure!

Age:
Designed for youth groups with children ages 6 and up

Maximum group size:
20 participants (adults and children)
NOTE: Parents may attend this program if they wish but must pay participant fee.

Program Length:
2 hour program (Program start time must be no later than 9:30AM)

Fee:
$20 per person (child and adult). Minimum program price: $300.00.

Request a Zoo Keeper in Training Program Today! 

Dr. Zoo

During this program, your group will travel behind-the-scenes to the Zoo’s state of the art, NEW Animal Health Center for a day in the life of a Zoo Vet experience.  Participants will utilize the Freeport-McMoRan Education Gallery to view into the surgery, treatment and pharmacy rooms of the Animal Health Center. They’ll experience first-hand the importance of math and science in diagnosing and treating animal ailments through hands-on activity stations that are based on real life zoo scenarios. After they’ve finished helping all of their patients, they’ll earn their Dr. Zoo certificate!

Age:
Designed for youth groups with children ages 8 and up

Maximum group size:
20 participants (adults and children)
NOTE: Parents may attend this program if they wish but must pay participant fee.

Program Length:
2 hour program

Fee:
$20 per person (child and adult). Minimum program price: $300.00.

Request a Dr Zoo Program Today! 

Behind the Scenes Experiences

Have you ever wondered what it was like behind-the-scenes at the Reid Park Zoo? Well, now you can see it firsthand! Select one of the experiences below:

Elephant Experience:

Join us for a 60-minute adventure to learn what it takes to care for Reid Park Zoo’s elephant herd. Your experience will include watching an elephant training session, a tour of the elephant barn, meeting our elephant animal care staff and helping them hide treats for the elephants.

Age:
All participants must be 10 or older and one adult must attend.

Availability:
Oct. – May only on Sundays, Thursdays and Fridays at 8am
June – Sept. only on Sundays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7am

Fee:
$500 for 2 people.
$100 for each additional person up to 10 total people.

Close Encounter Experience:

During this 60 minute experience, you will learn more about some of Reid Park Zoo’s most popular residents. Your experience includes a visit to the anteater, rhino and giraffe habitats and a chance to see these animals closer than during a regular Zoo visit. Please note: education staff reserves the right to modify experience based on animal health and safety.

Age:
All participants must be 5 or older and one adult must attend.

Availability:
Every day of the week with a reservation.

Fee:
$300 up to 10 total people.

Animal Health Care and Nutrition Behind the Scenes Experience:

During this 60-minute adventure, you will learn how Reid Park Zoo uses proper nutrition and health care to provide quality, whole-life care to its animal residents. Your experience includes visits to the Animal Health Center, Zoo kitchen, and rhino habitat. During a special close encounter with the rhino, you will discover the importance of animal training for completing daily health checkups. Please note: education staff reserves the right to modify experience based on animal health and safety.

Age:
All participants must be 5 or older and one adult must attend.

Availability:
Every day of the week with a reservation.

Fee:
$300 up to 10 total people. $30 per additional participant. Maximum of 20 participants.

Request a Behind the Scenes Experience Today!

Private and Youth Group Self-guided Tour

Private and Youth Groups (non-school groups) of 20 or more people can make a 30-day advanced reservation to receive a discount on regular Zoo admission.
Click here to fill out your request form today! 

Looking for other fun activities at the Zoo?

Click here to learn more about the Giraffe Encounter, Carousel and Train rides!

Are you planning a trip to the Zoo with a large group?

If you purchase your group’s tickets in advance you receive a bulk discount rate!
Check out our group discount rate here!