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Programs for Chaperoned Youth Groups

The discounted pricing below applies to chaperoned groups that are affiliated with a youth program. Examples include Boy and Girl Scouts, day care or after school programs, camps, and preschools. If you’re not sure whether your group qualifies for discounted pricing, please call us at 520-837-8183.

Self-Guided (admission only) rates for Chaperoned Youth Groups (10+)

  • $5.25 per individual (child and adult)

Request a self-guided zoo trip

Educator-led Programs for Chaperoned Youth Groups

Educator-led programs are booked on a first come, first serve basis. Please plan these visits as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment–our schedule fills early!  Please review the program options below before submitting your request.

Request an Educator-led program

Zoo Adventure Program (ZAP)

  • Grades K and up (a self-guided trip to the Zoo or Zoo to You outreach is best for preschool groups)
  • 45-minute classroom program featuring live animal ambassadors
  • $8.00 per person (child OR adult)
  • Minimum program price $160.00

ZAP sessions, which last 45 minutes, can accommodate up to 40 people (includes children and adults) per program. If you have a large group, we can schedule back-to-back programs on the same day.

Programs will focus on the topic of your choice, and will include fun activities and interaction with live animal ambassadors.  Available topics include:

  • Habitats:  Learn what an animal needs in its habitat and how animals survive in desert, rainforest and savannah habitats.
  • Adaptations: Learn about adaptations that help wild animals survive and how people can be inspired by nature’s survival tips.
  • Locomotion: Investigate how animals move from here to there by exploring their unique adaptations.
  • Zoo 101: 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.
  • Conservation and Endangered Species (Grades 3 and up only): 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 (Grades 3 and up only) Available Spring 2018
  • Animal Care and Health (Grades 3 and up only) Available Spring 2018


Behind-the-Scenes Add-on

For groups in which all participants are 5 years or older, a 20-minute Behind-the-Scenes add-on may be available (subject to staff availability) for an additional fee.

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

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

  • Rhino encounter
  • Anteater encounter

Educators reserve the right to substitute locations on the day of your program if necessary for animal health and comfort.

A Behind-the-Scenes add-on is not a stand-alone opportunity. It must be scheduled in conjunction with a 45-minute ZAP session.

Giraffe Encounter Add-on

The Giraffe Encounter is appropriate for all ages and may be added to an education program or a self-guided field trip for $3.00 additional per person.

Zookeeper in Training (for ages 5 and up)

  • Ages 5 and up
  • 2 1/2 hour program (must start no later than 9:30am)
  • $20.00 per person (students AND adults)
  • Maximum group size of 20 people
  • Minimum program price – $300.00

Get a fun introduction to the challenges and rewards of a career working with wild animals. We’ll spend an action-packed morning making animal diet and enrichment items, engaging in behavior training experiments, even cleaning an animal night house. Participants will also have the opportunity to get up close to some of our animal residents.

Request an Educator-led program

If you have questions about an educator-led program, please contact the Zoo’s education department at zooeducation@tucsonaz.gov or 837-8200.