The Zoo is not just for kids, adults can join in the fun too. From our famous Horse Hands programs, to custom Night Camps, the Zoo has something for you. Looking for something unique and fun for your next business event or social outing? Spend the night at the Zoo with a custom Night Camp program or have us come to you with our ZooToYou Outreach programs.
Adult Programs at the Phoenix Zoo
FREE Conservation Speaker Series
Presented by the Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Foundation, these evening events showcase engaging speakers from around the world sharing stories about projects benefiting wildlife, habitats, and people. Many of these projects have been funded through the Zoo’s Conservation & Science Grants program, while others highlight important native species recovery efforts in our region. Our speaker series events are free to the public. Everyone is welcome, but content may be most appropriate for ages 10+.
Lunch with a Keeper (for adults)
Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a zookeeper might be like? Do you want to experience a behind-the-scenes tour led by a person who knows the animals best?
Tips, tricks, and technique guidance abound in this casual walkabout program led by one of the Zoo’s expert volunteer photographers.
Which field guide is best? Which binoculars should I use? Come learn the basics of bird identification with our resident expert. You’ll learn what birds you’re likely to see, and what to look for if you see something different! Practical tips and tricks in the classroom, and then head into the field for some practice!
If you have never been on a horse before, or if you are somewhat experienced with horses but would like to learn more about their behavior and caregiving, or just generally brush up on your horsemanship skills, then this program is for you. Each Horse Hands Program is a four-week series. Participants must attend all four sessions to develop riding skills and receive a certificate. Participants will learn about horsemanship, animal observation, behavior, and bonding.
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.
Experience the Zoo in a unique way at Night Camp. See animals up-close, take a tour by flashlight, and wake up as the animals do. We guarantee your Night Camp experience will be unforgettable!
Interpretive Guide Course
The Phoenix Zoo, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), is offering a professional certification course for individuals who deliver (or will be delivering) interpretive non-formal and informal education programs or have public contact at interpretive sites.
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The Phoenix Zoo is one of the largest non-profit zoos in the U.S., caring for over 3,000 animals, with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened/endangered species.