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San Diego Zoo Outreach Programs

We can bring wildlife, fun, and learning right to your school! Just call 619-557-3963 or 619-557-3962 to reserve an outreach program for your auditorium or classroom. Due to a generous donation, some schools qualify for a FREE program. Call for details.

ASSEMBLY PROGRAMS—For Your Whole School!

All assemblies feature live animal presentations, a Zoo Educator, and Dr. Zoolittle, the Zoo’s zany, good-natured wildlife researcher. After the program, each student will receive a coupon providing free admission to the Zoo (when accompanied by a paid adult).

  • Length: 50–55 minutes
  • Maximum audience per assembly: 350
  • Fee: $350 for first assembly and $175 for each additional assembly (same day, same school, same room location). A mileage fee may apply.

Grades K–6

  • Nature’s Tricks with Dr. Zoolittle: Life Sciences, Adaptations
  • Icky, Yucky, Gross Bugs with Dr. Zoolittle: Life Science
  • Watershed Wizards with Dr. Zoolittle: Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Ecology
  • NEW! Dr. Zoolittle’s Pizzazy Pollinators! Life Sciences, Adaptations, Ecology

CLASSROOM PROGRAMS—For Your Own Class!

Most classroom programs feature live animal presentations, a Zoo Educator, and the Zoo’s zany, good-natured wildlife researcher, Dr. Zoolittle.

  • Length: 50–55 minutes
  • Maximum audience (students and chaperones): 30 per classroom for grades pre–2 and 40 per classroom for grades 3–12
  • Fee: $200 for the first program and $100 for each additional program (same day, same school). A mileage fee may apply. Due to a generous donation, some schools may qualify for a FREE program, call for details.

Preschool–Kindergarten

  • Growing Up Green: Even the youngest students can be super heroes for the Earth! Animal presentations and fun activities emphasize how easy it is to be green. Life Sciences, Physical Sciences
  • Fur, Feathers, and Scales, Oh My!: Children will discover what animal coverings match which type of animal: fur=mammal, scale=reptile, feather=bird. Close-up animal presentations and fun interactives, designed especially for this younger set, entertain and inform the most basic of animal concepts. Life Sciences, Adaptations, Classification

Grades 1–2:

  • Recycle Rock Stars!: When it comes to recycling, students and teachers can be rock stars, too! Discover how recycling can make your classroom more earth-friendly while helping wildlife. Includes an interactive classroom activity and animal encounter. Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Ecology

Grades 3–6

  • Go Green: A fun-filled visit of games and activities helps students discover simple ways to make your classroom greener as they help wildlife and their habitats.  Life Science
  • Go with the Flow: An introduction to the local watershed is followed by a rotation through three interactive Discovery Stations where students use their problem-solving skills to solve watershed challenges. Life Sciences, Earth Sciences

Grades 6–8:

  • Bioinspiration—Nature’s Best Ideas: Discover the concept of bioinspiration—the science of taking inspiration from nature. Features hands-on activities that allow individual students a chance to foster creativity and think in new and innovative ways. Life Sciences, Biology, Ecology, Evolution

Grades 9–12

  • NEW! Discover the Genius of Nature!: Students will gain experience using nature as a model to develop sustainable designs and processes. This concept of bioinspiration also helps students to be more innovative in their career choices, whether it’s art, technology, or sports. Program includes animal presentations and hands-on activities. Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Engineering
  • NEW! Working for Wildlife: High school students will discover a variety of careers in the zoo world—from animal keeper to zoo horticulturist. Assisted by a Zoo educator and Zoo animals, Dr. Zoolittle presents career information during the introduction, followed by a career challenge where students form groups and design a zoo exhibit. The teams present their exhibits and compete for the title of best Zoo Team!  Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Ecology

DR. ZOOLITTLE’S CAREER FAIR—

Grades 6–8:

  • Length: 50–55 minutes
  • Maximum audience: 72 per fair.
  • Fee: $200 per program.  A mileage fee may apply.

From animal training to accounting, students will discover a variety of careers in the zoo world. Assisted by a Zoo educator and Zoo animals, Dr. Zoolittle presents career information with lots of audience participation during the introduction, followed by a career fair where students visit six stations full of fascinating career help. The program culminates with a fun career-matching activity for each student.  Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Ecology

 

Questions? For Education programs for children, adults and families, or any school related programs, please call Zoo Education: 619-557-3962
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