For the Phoenix Zoo, high-quality education is an integral part of our mission. We offer a wide variety of programs and materials to support students and teachers as they learn about science and nature concepts. All of our programs for schools and teachers are based upon Arizona State Academic Standards. Look below to see how we can enhance learning at the Zoo and in your classroom.

ZooReach schools are Title 1 schools grades K-12 that have a percentage or more of their entire enrollment in a free or reduced lunch program as listed by the Arizona Department of Education Health and Nutrition Services.

Program Types

School Virtual Programs

Project Orangutan

Project Orangutan is a fun, fascinating project-based virtual program that promotes hands-on, authentic problem solving. Perfect for distance learning, teacher facilitation in the classroom or home, or a combination of both. 

Ask a Zoo Expert

Bring a Zoo Expert to your classroom or group gathering via video conferencing! Whether you have students working on projects about animals or investigating Zoo careers or your group simply has an interest in learning more about Zoo topics, 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 bio-facts presented by a Zoo Expert who will help your group gain a deeper understanding of the topics they choose. 

Virtual Field Trips

Visit the Phoenix Zoo from the comfort of your home or classroom! Virtual Field Trips include pre-recorded guided tours with three different animals, a review activity, accompanying worksheet and challenge activity, PLUS a 15-minute live, virtual Q&A session with a Zoo Educator. 

Camp Zoo at School

If you are looking for engaging STEM content to include in the classroom or afterschool program, Camp Zoo at School is here to help. Camp Zoo at School uses the energy and fun of summer camp to engage students in learning how to “build a zoo.” Content includes animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, guided visits to Zoo exhibits, craft and learning activities, and scientific investigations. Choose from three different topics (birds, mammals, and reptiles and amphibians) which are each filled with hours of carefully curated, engaging digital content on a secure online platform. 

Distance Learning

Phoenix Zoo Distance Learning broadcasts into your classroom or into your students’ homes with live animals, engaging activities and inquiry-based programs — the same quality programming you expect from the Phoenix Zoo’s Live On Location programs, just virtual. All you need is a computer, an Internet connection and the ability to connect to Zoom or Google Meets. Our presentations include a mix of live discussions and demonstrations, pre-recorded videos, interactive quizzes and questions, and live animal presentations. Students will be able to interact with Zoo educators, creating a two-way dialogue. All programs are designed to meet Arizona state academic standards. 

Ed-Zoo-cational Activities

Learn all about the animals who call the Phoenix Zoo home. Go on virtual field trips, make crafts, play games and exercise like some of our animals! 

Zigazoo

Zigazoo is the leader of peer-to-peer video sharing for remote learning. Hailed by TechCrunch as “the future of remote learning,” Zigazoo gives teachers, pod leaders, and families access to hundreds of projects built for at-home learning and the tools to share video responses with peers. Teachers can create a Zigazoo Classroom and parents can join the Zigazoo Global Community to start assigning or responding to projects today. Zigazoo is free for all users. 

Thank you for your interest in our in-person school and teacher programs. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we are not offering in-person school and teacher programs at this time. Self-guided field trips are still available and you can find out more by visiting the At the Zoo: Field Trip section below. If you’d like to book a program to complement your field trip, please check our virtual offerings here.

In-Person Programs

At the Zoo: Field Trips

The Phoenix Zoo offers an educational rate for all youth-oriented groups of $8.00 per person (including both children and adults) for admission to the Zoo for a minimum of 15 people. In order to qualify for these rates, all students must be accompanied by at least one adult per 10 children. If you qualify as a ZooReach** school you are eligible for the $4.00 rate per person.

Special Needs

Our program utilizes a sensory motor approach; students move between stations and are encouraged to touch, smell and feel all appropriate items. This program can be geared towards students of all ages and functioning levels. 

Homeschool: Wild Science Academy

Wild Science Academy lets you explore the world of science with the Zoo as your classroom! These affordable and educational drop-off classes teach science through animal interactions, behind-the-scenes experiences, laboratory investigations, group projects, Zoo hikes and other inquiry-based learning activities. Designed for home school students, but open to all, Wild Science Academy is perfect for any young student with a desire to learn more about the science of zoos. Each class is also developed using Arizona Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

School Group Night Camp

Create a unique, once-in-a-lifetime Night Camp experience for your students! Our program allows you to choose what date, type of camp, sleeping location, and theme would be best for you.

Classroom: ZooToYou

Let us bring the Phoenix Zoo to You! Our ZooToYou, Zoomobile, and Distance Learning programs align with Arizona Department of Education Academic Content Standards at primary and secondary levels.

Teacher: Growing Up Wild

Growing Up Wild is an early childhood education activity guide that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide and four hours toward continuing education.

Discounts & Scholarships

Through generous donations from local individuals, corporations and foundations, the Phoenix Zoo is able to offer discounted and free rates for some of our educational opportunities under our ZooReach Scholarship program. ZooReach Scholarships are available for Arizona Department of Education designated Title I schools (grades K – 12) that have 50 percent or more of their enrollment on a free or reduced lunch program. Below you’ll find the variety of scholarships that are available.

 

All ZooReach Scholarship programs are based on Arizona State Academic Standards. Call 602.914.4333 for reservations.

Your school group is welcome to enjoy a day at the Zoo anytime for a reduced rate. The ZooReach Scholarship provides a discount off the already-discounted school/youth group rate. When you make a reservation, you will be quoted a per-person rate (including chaperones, teachers and/or parents) for a minimum group size of at least 15.

Discounted rate is available for multiple trips, different teachers or classes.

Each qualifying ZooReach School is also eligible to receive the following programs for their school each year until funds are exhaustedZooReach Scholarships are available in September beginning the Tuesday after Labor Day. 

Choose one of the following:

 

ZooToYou: Project Orangutan

  • A nine-week project-based curriculum with approximately 60 minutes of content per week for up to 40 students
  • Program includes:
    • In-depth Teacher Guide, Student Guide
    • Pre-post and formative assessments
    • Student Research Notebook (in .PDF)
    • Support materials for each lesson including pre-recorded videos, recommended research sources and activity worksheets
    • A live, virtual 30-minute check-in with a Phoenix Zoo educator to provide feedback to the students and answer questions
  • Live, virtual check-ins can be booked Monday – Friday mornings
  • Recommended for grades 3 – 6
  • Estimated value of scholarship: $175

 

ZooToYou: Virtual Field Trip

  • A 45 – 60-minute program for up to 40 students
  • Program includes three pre-recorded videos of Zoo animals in their habitats, a downloadable activity sheet and a 15-minute virtual, live Q&A session with a Phoenix Zoo educator
  • Live, virtual Q&A sessions can be booked Monday – Friday mornings
  • Estimated value of scholarship: $50

 

ZooToYou: Camp Zoo at School

  • 3 – 4 hours of videos and activities to be facilitated by a teacher/afterschool professional or navigated independently by students
  • Content can be broken apart or used in the designed sequence
  • Does not include any live interaction with Phoenix Zoo educators
  • Recommended for grades 3 – 6
  • Estimated value of scholarship: $75

 

ZooToYou: Distance Learning

  • A 45 – 60-minute program broadcast into your classroom for a group of up to 40 people (single classroom). All you need is a computer, a projector and an Internet connection and you will have access to dynamic programming from the Zoo.
  • Program includes live animal ambassadors presented by engaging and knowledgeable instructors.
  • Distance Learning scholarship programs can be booked on Monday – Friday with both morning and late afternoon sessions available.
  • Estimated value of scholarship: $125

 

ZooToYou: Ask a Zoo Expert

  • A 60-minute, customizable Distance Learning program broadcast into your classroom for a group of up to 40 people (single classroom).
  • Program includes live animal ambassadors and a custom Q&A/interview style session
  • Can be booked on Monday – Friday with both morning and late afternoon sessions available.

Estimated value of scholarship: $175

that's zoo we are

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.

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