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.
Phoenix Zoo Distance Learning broadcasts into your classroom with live animals, engaging activities and inquiry-based programs – the same quality programming you expect from the Phoenix Zoo, just virtual. All you need is a computer, a projector and an Internet connection. Our presentations include a mix of live discussions and demonstrations, pre-recorded videos, interactive quizzes and questions, and live animal presentations.
at the zoo:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 4 hours toward continuing education.
Learn all about the animals who call the Phoenix Zoo home. Take quizzes, make crafts and exercise like some of our animals!
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 exhausted. ZooReach Scholarships are available in September beginning the Tuesday after Labor Day.
Choose between one of the following:
ZooToYou: Live on Location Program – A one-hour presentation at your school for a group of up to 75 people. Presentation includes live animal ambassadors presented by engaging and knowledgeable instructors. Additional consecutive presentations can be scheduled at a cost of $150 for each additional hour.
Live on Location! ZooReach Scholarship programs can be scheduled on Mondays or Tuesdays throughout the year based on availability.
Note: If your school is located outside the Phoenix metro area, but within Arizona, you are eligible to receive a free visit from our Zoomobile Outreach Program. Call our Zoomobile office at 602-914-4329 for more details.
ZooToYou: Distance Learning Outreach Program – A 45 – 60 minute live web broadcast presentation designed for a class size of up to 40 people. Presentation includes live animal ambassadors and engaging visual content presented by knowledgeable instructors.
Distance Learning ZooReach Scholarship programs can be scheduled on weekdays, August – May, based on availability.
Standard Night Camp Program – An overnight experience at the Phoenix Zoo for 36 children and four adults.* This experience includes pizza dinner, souvenir water bottle, guided trail hikes, up-close encounters with our ambassador animals, engaging activities and games, a delicious late-night snack a continental breakfast and admission to the Zoo the next day.
A minimum of 25 campers (children and chaperones) is required to hold a camp.
Night Camp ZooReach Scholarship programs can be scheduled Tuesday – Saturday evenings, late September – February.
*If you wish to add campers above the number covered by the Night Camp ZooReach Scholarship, the costs are as follows and must be paid for two weeks prior to your camp date:
$59/person (one free adult chaperone for every 10 paying campers under the age of 18)
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.