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.

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Junior: Ages 6-9

Senior: Ages 10-13

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Wild Science Academy at SMECC

The Wild Science Academy programs listed below occur at South Mountain Environmental Education Center. While their students are engaged in these SMEEC classes, caregivers will have the opportunity to learn more about the topic from a member of our education team. 

Practice extension activities and explore some additional resources to continue the learning on your own!

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.

Giraffe peeking out