Education Programs

Education Programs

Categories: Education Programs

We have a variety of fun educational programs for all age groups, from stroller to senior! For additional information or reservations, please email or call (512) 288-1490.

A special thanks to The Austin American-Statesman for their generous grant of advertising for our Outreach and Education Programs!



Onsite School Programs &
Offsite Outreach Programs

New School Program Offerings for Onsite Field Trips

The Education Department has added new school programs aligned with TEKS for pre-K through fifth grade. Programs are an additional $2 per student above the admission price. Before you schedule your field trip, be sure to download a brochure and read about the programs. Click here to download the brochure.

New School Outreach Programs

Let the Zoo come to you! The new school programs brochure above also lists new traveling program options for pre-K through fifth grades. Download the brochure in the link above to see options and pricing and call 512-288-1490 to schedule a program.



Zoo Tots

Join us for Zoo Tots! The program is designed for a parent/guardian and a child to spend time learning together! Each month will feature a new theme. Weekly classes will focus on the monthly theme. Visit animal exhibits to get the inside scoop on their care and life history, participate in hands-on activities such as crafts or science experiments. Take home a follow-up lesson to reinforce learning.

  • When: Tuesdays
  • Time: 11 AM – 12 PM
  • Price: $5 for one parent/guardian and child, $3 for a second child. (Non-members must also pay zoo admission.)
  • Ages & Class Size: 2-5 year olds and parent/guardians 10 pairs per class
  • Meeting Location: Education Building/Events Pavilion
  • Please download the Zoo Tots registration form and email it to
  • Or, you can call 512-288-1490 to register over the phone!


Download the winter Zoo Tots flyer here!



Austin Zoo Sleuths!


Are you good at solving mysteries? Then take the challenge and solve the case of the missing running shoes!

When you arrive at Austin Zoo, ask a Gift Shop employee for an Austin Zoo Sleuths information packet!

  • Price: Free with paid admission
  • Fun for all ages!

Our Zoo Director, Patti Clark is an avid runner. She is training for a marathon and took a morning jog around the zoo. Patti left her running shoes on the porch behind the Gift Shop to air out and they have gone missing! Read the facts and evidence in the case file and follow the clues to determine who the culprit is.

We will have three Austin Zoo Sleuth mysteries throughout the 2016-2017 school year solve all three mysteries and you will receive a reward and your photo will be added to our Super Austin Zoo Sleuth Board and displayed at the zoo. The program is free and will help to highlight various animals at the Zoo.


Austin Zoo is excited to share our Austin Zoo Patch Activities!

You can complete this patch on your own, or with some friends, or even with a larger group such as through scouting, a school class, or homeschoolers. Download and complete our specifically designed scavenger hunt to learn more about animals and the important mission of the Austin Zoo as a forever home for rescued animals.

The patch is designed so that you can complete it entirely in one visit to the Austin Zoo working with the Scavenger Hunt list. Or, if you wish, you can complete some activities at the Zoo with the Scavenger Hunt list, and some activities either before or after your visit to the Zoo with the Supplemental Activities list. Supplemental Activities include gathering items to give to the Austin Zoo from our Wish List, as well as more in depth activities to give you an even greater appreciation for issues that face endangered animals, like habitat destruction.

When you have completed all of the required patch activities at the Austin Zoo, stop by the gift shop to purchase either a Tiger or Peacock patch and to leave a completed copy of the Feedback Sheet.

Austin Zoo Patch Requirements:

  • Ages 5-6…..5 Total Activities
  • Ages 7-8…..8 Total Activities
  • Ages 9-10….12 Total Activities
  • Ages 11-17…20 Total Activities

Austin Zoo Patch Scavenger Hunt

Any additional questions, please call our office at 512-288-1490, or email us at

For more Kid-Friendly Activities, visit here


Austin Zoo Summer Program


This year’s Summer Program was a huge success! Austin Zoo wants to thank everyone who participated.


For a fun, interactive, learning experience for your child, be sure to check back here for updates about our Summer Education Program for the 2017 year.



Stay up-to-date on all Austin Zoo information by signing up for our email newsletter below!


Homeschool Day!

Let’s build some STEAM! Science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics that is! Homeschool families are invited for a day of learning and exploration! Learning activities from partner organizations, keeper talks and a special education animal presentation will be featured!

A date for the 2017 Homeschool Day has yet to be determined. Check back here for updates, or fill out the contact form below to receive updates by email!

Previously Featured Partner Organizations:

  • The Thinkery
  • MathHappens
  • Lone Star Music School
  • KidsSight Vision Screening Dripping Springs Lions Club
  • Lone Star Lions Eyebank
  • Fun with Chemistry University of Texas Chemistry Department
  • UTEX Culture of Algae Collection
  • UT Undergraduate Women in Physics
  • Freshman Research Initiative, Dr. Greg Clark, University of Texas
  • Texas Memorial Museum
  • Austin Zoo Sleuths Family Caper

Entrance to Austin Zoo for pre-registered guests is $5.00 per person/$2.00 train ride.

Walk in guests are welcome to participate in all Homeschool Day activities! Adults are $11.00, Students/Military/Seniors are $10.00, Children (ages 2-12) are $8.00, and babies under the age of 2 are free. Train tickets are $3.00 per person.

Please Note
Homeschool Day is a special event. Discount offers are not valid.

  • For specific questions about Homeschool Day email
  • Due to limited parking space, carpooling is encouraged. No drop-offs permitted
  • Rain or shine, join us for a great time!

Sign up below to receive Homeschool Day updates!

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