education

Spark Your Students’ Interest!

We offer a variety of resources and discounts for teachers that are sure to create memorable learning experiences for students K-12. A field trip to the Reid Park Zoo is just one of the fun ways to ignite your students’ interest in wildlife, conservation, and science!

Want to Visit the Zoo?

Self-Guided School Field Trips

Did you know school groups who come to the Zoo during the regular school day are eligible for free self-guided trips? It’s true! To receive this discount, self-guided trips must be reserved at least 30 days in advance to secure the date. Please be aware March-May fills up fast! To ease frustrations during the registration process, please submit as soon as possible and indicate three date choices.

Self-Guided Field Trip Details:

Request Your FREE Self-Guided Field-Trip Today!

Educator-Led Field Trips

Make your students’ visit to Reid Park Zoo a true learning experience by selecting one of the available Zoo Adventure Program (ZAP) topics listed below. The ZAP program curriculum is designed to align with current state and federal science standards and provide a fun and memorable field trip for your students.

Zoo Adventure Program (ZAP) Details:

  • Grades K-12 students only
    (a self-guided trip or Zoo to You Outreach is best for preschool groups
  • 45-minute program featuring LIVE animal ambassadors
  • 1 adult REQUIRED for every 5 children
  • Must take place on a weekday (Mon.-Fri.) during the traditional school year (Aug.-May.) with a start time of 9:30 or 10:00.
    • Each ZAP session can accommodate up to 40 people (includes students, teachers, chaperones, and other adults).
    • Groups over 40 people will be scheduled back-to-back automatically.
  • Must be booked 30 days in advance.
  • $7.00 per person (student OR adult)
  •  Additional adults will be charged regular admission plus the program fee.
  • Minimum program price $140.00
  • Additional activities available for purchase: Giraffe Encounters, Train Rides, and Carousel

Programs will focus on the topic of your choice and will include fun activities and presentations with live animal ambassadors.

Zoo Adventure Program (ZAP) 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 (designed for grades 3 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 (designed for grades 3 and up): Omnivore, herbivore, carnivore or insectivore? Through a tour of the Zoo’s kitchen and live animal presentations, your students 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 (designed for grades 3 and up):  Visit the Zoo’s Animal Health Center, meet live animal ambassadors, and learn how the Zoo cares for over 250 animal residents in this hands-on, STEM-based program.

Request Your Educator-Led Field Trip Today!

Can’t take your class on a field-trip?

You’re in luck! Our community Zoo to You Outreach program is an affordable option to bring the Zoo to You! Click here to learn more.

Free Resources for Teachers:

Bio Bags

Field trips to the Zoo can be enhanced with a Bio Bag full of hands-on artifacts! These backpacks contain skull and bone replicas and other objects to illustrate scientific concepts, as well as detailed instructions on how to interpret the items for your students. There is no charge to use them, but you must reserve them in advance of your visit to ensure availability. Click here to learn more about Bio Bags, or to request a Bio Bag for your visit.

Activity Packets

Focus your students’ attention while they’re at the Zoo on a field trip with age-appropriate activities you can download and print right from your computer. Packets are available for students K-2 and 3-5; a STEM-based packet is available for grades 3 and up. Click here to download today!

Web Cams

If you have a monitor and have access to the internet, you can observe Zoo animals right from your classroom! This is a great way to introduce your students to wild animals and observe them as they explore their natural habitat. Click here to see more!

Workshops

Calling all Teachers!
Are you looking for a fun and unique educational experience to help you earn your continuing education units? Reid Park Zoo is committed to your education too! That’s why we offer FREE one-day teacher workshops for teachers of Grades K-8. Each workshop will help increase your knowledge of the Zoo and animal-related topics. The best part, you will come away with fun activities to bring back to your classroom that your students are sure to enjoy! Teacher workshops are only offered as grant funding becomes available. Click here to check for upcoming workshops.

Connect2Compete (C2C)

This program offers a discounted internet service ($9.95 per month) for families with at least one K-12 student living in public housing, qualifying for a free or reduced school lunch through the National School Lunch Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). C2C is offered in partnership with leading cable companies, like Cox Communications. Click here or call (855) 222-3252 if you know a family who might be eligible.

For questions about Reid Park Zoo’s Outreach programs call our Education Department at 520-837-8200.