Phoenix Zoo ZooToYou Programs – Let us bring the Phoenix Zoo to you!

Our Live On Location, ZooMobile and Distance Learning programs align with Arizona Department of Education Academic Content Standards at primary and secondary levels. Inspiring and motivating people to care for the natural world is part of the Phoenix Zoo’s mission statement. Our ZooToYou program fulfills this mission by delivering educational and exciting programs to your organization. Phoenix Zoo Outreach Specialists strive to engage audiences about the wonders of our earth and the animals with whom we share it. Phoenix Zoo ZooToYou has three different programs depending upon your location in Arizona:

Live On Location (within Metro Phoenix) | ZooMobile (outside Metro Phoenix)
Distance Learning (to anywhere)

  • Live on Location
  • ZooMobile
  • Assemblies
  • Distance Learning

Our Phoenix Zoo Outreach Team will deliver exciting educational programs directly to your school! The Live on Location program is for locations within the Phoenix Metro area. Our Outreach Specialists will engage your students by providing up-close animal experiences with a select group of invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. We strive to inspire students about the wonders of our earth and the animals with whom we share it. Use a Live on Location program to introduce, reinforce or culminate your classroom curriculum. Choose from one of our exciting program topics or we can create a custom program to fit your needs.

Live on Location presentations can be either a booth setting (demonstration table with one-on-one discussion) or an interactive program with audience participation.

Program Pricing:

Educational/Youth Group:
$190 1st hour/instructor, $150 additional consecutive hour or additional instructor
• Additional presentations can be booked at a discounted price

All Others:
$250 1st hour/instructor, $150 additional consecutive hour or additional instructor
• Additional presentations can be booked at a discounted price

Program Details

Duration: 60 minutes (unless otherwise noted)
Availability: Can be scheduled any day
Group Size: Maximum of 75 attendees per interactive presentation; schedule additional presentation for larger groups
Reservations: Three weeks’ notice and advanced payment required. Call 602-914-4333 to register.

Other Notes:  For additional information about the ZooToYou program call our Outreach Office at 602-273-1341 x 7356.

Program Topics:

PreK

Animals A to Z

  • A is for animal, Z is for zoo… Join us as we practice our letters and learn more about the different animal groups, such as birds, mammals, spiders and more!
  • 30 minutes (two consecutive 30-minute programs must be scheduled. 35 attendee limit/half hour)

Animal Opposites

  • Big or small, fast or slow, loud or quiet — these are just a few of the ways we compare animals. Join us to learn all about animal opposites and discover how you compare!
  • 30 minutes (two consecutive 30-minute programs must be scheduled. 35 attendee limit/half hour)

Colorful Creatures

  • Animals come in many colors, like red, green, brown and blue. All those pretty colors might help them hide from YOU! A tale of a chameleon will help explain it all; we’ll explore animal colors and have ourselves a ball.
  • Book: “The Mixed Up Chameleon” by Eric Carle
  • 45 minutes (includes literacy component of reading a book, 40 attendee limit)

Critter Calls

  • Who-Who-Who wants to make sounds like the animals do? Can you figure out what animals we will see just by their sounds? Let’s listen and find out!
  • 45 minutes (includes literacy component of felt board story presentation, 40 attendee limit)

Movin’ and Groovin’ 

  • Twist and shout, do-si-do, and turnabout! While we all love to rock and sway, animals like to move their way. We will find out interesting ways animals move their bodies and do the same with our bodies too.
  • Book: “Doing the Animal Bop” by Jan Ormerod and Lindsey Gardiner
  • 45 minutes (includes literacy component of reading a book, 40 attendee limit)

Desert Discovery

  • Arizona boasts four beautiful deserts, all full of wonderful plants and animals. Join us as we meet and count some of the animals you can see in the desert!
  •  Book: “Way Out in the Desert” by T.J. Marsh and Jennifer Ward
  • 45 minutes (includes literacy component of reading a book, 40 attendee limit)
Kindergarten

Animal Kingdom

  • From fur to feathers, scales to exoskeletons, discover the amazing characteristics of the animal world. Identify and learn about the similarities and differences that help us categorize animals into distinct scientific groups.

Growing Up Animals

  • Growing up is hard to do! Join us on a journey through the life stages of different types of animals.

Sonora’s Desert Journey

  • Sonora the Harris’ hawk meets many desert animals in her quest to find water. Follow Sonora’s story in the book, “Sonora’s Desert Journey,” and discover how animals find what they need to live in the desert.

Up All Night

  • A whole world of animals comes alive when we go to sleep. Discover how animals use their senses to navigate in the dark and learn why these animals are active at night.
1st Grade

Animal Kingdom

  • From fur to feathers, scales to exoskeletons, discover the amazing characteristics of the animal world. Identify and learn about the similarities and differences that help us categorize animals into distinct scientific groups.

Growing Up Animals

  • Growing up is hard to do! Join us on a journey through the life stages of different types of animals.

Sonora’s Desert Journey

  • Sonora the Harris’ hawk meets many desert animals in her quest to find water. Follow Sonora’s story in the book, “Sonora’s Desert Journey,” and discover how animals find what they need to live in the desert.
2nd Grade

Growing Up Animals 

  • Growing up is hard to do! Join us on a journey through the life stages of different types of animals.

It’s a Jungle Out There!

  • Deep in the rainforest, life can be hard. Join us as we explore the amazing adaptations of animals who call the jungle home.
3rd Grade

Adapting to Arizona

  • Arizona is home to unique habitats and landscapes. From hot, dry deserts to snowy forests, discover how animals have adapted to some extreme conditions in our state.

Living Levels – Trophic Quest

  • Join us as we venture into the world of food webs. In this quest of trophic discovery, we will level-up from decomposer to producer to consumer.
4th Grade

Adapting to Arizona

  • Arizona is home to unique habitats and landscapes. From hot, dry deserts to snowy forests, discover how animals have adapted to some extreme conditions in our state.

Animal Kingdom

  • From fur to feathers, scales to exoskeletons, discover the amazing characteristics of the animal world. Identify and learn about the similarities and differences that help us categorize animals into distinct scientific groups.
5th Grade

Variations in Vertebrates 

  • Imagine a world where you could use your ribs to slither through the grass or your fingers to fly.  Join us as we compare our skeletal system to those of various vertebrates.

Zoo Clue 

  • Calling all animal detectives! Help investigate the clues animals leave behind. Using our observational skills and evidence like tracks, scat, feathers, fur and more, we can solve some of nature’s mysteries.
6th Grade

Variations in Vertebrates 

  • Imagine a world where you could use your ribs to slither through the grass or your fingers to fly.  Join us as we compare our skeletal system to those of various vertebrates.

Zoo Clue 

  • Calling all animal detectives! Help investigate the clues animals leave behind. Using our observational skills and evidence like tracks, scat, feathers, fur and more, we can solve some of nature’s mysteries.
7th Grade & Up

Eat or Be Eaten

  • Dive into the world of predators and prey! Explore some adaptations and strategies predators use to catch prey, and how prey avoid getting caught. It’s a food web full of suspense to determine who will survive.
Multi-Aged Group

These programs are not standards-based and are perfect for community centers, libraries, afterschool programs, resorts, birthday parties and more! These programs are catered to be both fun and educational for all ages!

Bonkers for Biodiversity

  • Habitats are made of many different parts – and each one has an important job to do. To maintain a healthy habitat, we need biodiversity. Biodiversity includes us.

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

  • Many animals have seemingly magical abilities. Some can do a great disappearing act, while others perform impossible feats! Learn about the magical ways of these animals along with Inadequate Illusionist, The World’s Worst Magician!

Wonderfully Weird

  • In the animal kingdom, nothing is quite as it seems. In this program we will meet commonly misunderstood animals as we discover: Is truth stranger than fiction?

Custom Programs:

If our standard program offerings do not fit your needs, please contact the Outreach Supervisor so we may create a custom program just for you!

 

Phoenix Zoo Zoomobile
sponsored by Freeport-McMoRan Foundation

ZooMobile Outreach programs are designed to reach schools in communities outside the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan area. The Phoenix Zoo is proud to celebrate over 40 years of partnership with the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation to offer our ZooMobile program.

Please call 602.914.4329 to find out if your school qualifies.

Program Pricing

Free. All fees are generously underwritten by Freeport-McMoRan Foundation.

Program Details

Duration: Programs usually last 60 minutes
Availability: The ZooMobile is scheduled to be in each area of the state for a limited period of time. Programs are typically offered to K-12 schools on a first come, first serve basis within the scheduled travel area.
Group Size: Maximum of 60 students per hour program; up to three consecutive programs per school may be scheduled for a total of 120 attendees per school.
Reservations: Reservations are made through the ZooMobile Coordinator and are subject to availability. Please call 602.914.4329 for more information.
Topics: Program topic is selected by the Zoomobile Coordinator each travel year.

With an emphasis on character building, social and emotional learning, and nature conservation, the Phoenix Zoo’s assembly programs strive to inspire students to become a positive influence on their community and find ways to help the Earth and the people and animals with whom we share it. Our Outreach Specialists will engage your students by providing animal experiences with a select group of mammals, reptiles and birds along with opportunities for audience participation and the use of multi-media. 

Program Details

Duration: 60 minutes
Availability: Can be scheduled Monday – Friday from January to May. The Assembly program is for locations within the Phoenix Metro area.
Group Size: Maximum of 300 attendees per interactive presentation

Program Pricing

$400 per 60 minute program

For additional information about the ZooToYou Assembly program, call our Outreach Office at 602.273.1341 x 7356.

Program Topic| Zoopendous You

Sometimes things don’t always work out the way you planned. When someone unexpected shows up to help with the show, our Zoo Educator must adapt to make the program work. Together, they discuss the importance of being a responsible community member and celebrate their own strengths along with the strengths of others. This action-packed show features audience participation, multi-media and, of course, animals!

Zoo Expert

(Grades 3+)

Program Overview

Bring a Zoo Expert to your classroom via video conferencing! Whether your students are working on projects about animals or investigating zoo careers, this flexible Q&A/interview style program is the perfect way to tap into the knowledge of a Zoo Expert.  Each one-hour session includes animal ambassadors and biofacts presented by a Zoo Expert who will help your students gain a deeper understanding of the topics they choose. 

Program Details

Duration: 60 minutes

Group Size: Maximum of 40 attendees for each session.

Reservations & Questions: We require three weeks’ notice to book a program. To register or learn more, call 602.914.4333. Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email with instructions for preparing for the broadcast.

What to Expect: After booking, our Outreach team will contact you to learn more about the project on which your students are working. Please be prepared to provide specific topics of interest and/or questions to which your students are seeking answers. This pre-program communication is important as it will allow the Zoo Expert to prepare for the program and select appropriate animal ambassadors.  The possibilities are endless, but even Zoo Experts need time to prepare!