We have a variety of fun educational programs for all age groups, from stroller to senior! For additional information or reservations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 288-5031.
We also offer several quizzes and scavenger hunts to complete during your visit at Austin Zoo. Visit our Kid-Friendly Activities page to print your copy before coming to the Zoo!
For more activities created by our Education Department, please visit our Calendar of Events page.
Home School Day!
Friday, September 25 from 9:30am-3:30pm for all ages. $5.00 for adults, $5.00 for children. Please call 512-288-5031 for reservations. Advance reservations are required to receive our special $5 rate. Prices at the door will be full priced. To download the event flyer, click here.
Home School Day Presenters
Kelly Simon, Urban Biologist, TPWD/Blake Hendon, Wildlife Biologist
“My what big TEETH you have!” Join Texas Parks and Wildlife as we examine replicas of skulls of coyote, deer, rabbits and other Texas native wildlife and talk about what the shapes of the bones say about the animals, their food and habitat.
Lucia Brimer, Texas Museum of Science & Technology
TXMOST has a lot of fun and educational activities for home schoolers. See how to make a comet (using dry ice!), explore the human body and the solar system, and actually view the sun’s surface and spectrum using special solar viewers.
Debbie Zent, Austin Bat Works
Learn why bats are important to nature and the need for conservation of bats.
Kendra Abbott, Entomologist
Kendra studies an endangered beetle here in Texas which allows her to keep her outreach connected to the sciences. Kendra has taught several college classes including entomology where she would bake insect related food for her students. Come see what amazing invertebrates she will bring to Home School Day and maybe even sample some insect food!!!
Ilya Shmulenson, Keep Austin Beautiful
“Do you know what is and is not recyclable in Austin? Join the Keep Austin Beautiful education teams and find out!”
“Explore nature’s way of recycling and learn how worms turn food scraps into soil!”
Marta Hudecova, Hopper Foods
Hopper Foods’ edible-insect environmental education team will be on site providing the most fun bug-based activities for all ages! Learning targets will include science, art and agriculture! This action-packed table will engage home-schoolers in the “little things”, and will empower learners with terminology, methodology and call to action!
Randy Bailey, ITT Technology
Experience visual examples of how technology is being used now and how it will be a part of students’ futures such as:
1) a video of current driverless cars;
2) examples of how to use their imagination and artistic talents together with technology, i.e. a time lapse of the construction of a building or jet engine (using computer aided drafting and design); and/or
3) a brief look at the progress of robotics/artificial intelligence.
Kelly Emmert, Art Garage
Arts and Crafts (9a.m.-12p.m. only)
Celeste Mikeiska, Perdernales Electric Cooperation (PEC)
Safe City is an energized 3-D model that depicts a typical neighborhood. Students learn about conductors and insulators, safety rules and the path of electricity. The city comes to life when the dramatic electrical arcs are seen and heard.
Kris Ledoux, Austin Zoo
Animal Artifacts and Biofacts
Audrey Morgan, Austin Zoo
Let’s build your own animal habitat to take home!
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
Any additional questions, please call our office at 512-288-1490, or email our Education Specialist, Audrey at email@example.com.
For more Kid-Friendly Activities, visit here
Senior Safari Adventure
Put on your walking shoes and join us for a stroll around the zoo to meet and learn about some of our animals.
Bring a lunch to enjoy in our shaded picnic grove and watch our beautiful free-roaming birds. Please bring bottled water as we do not have drinkable water on grounds. Bottled water is available for purchase in the Zoo Gift Shop.
Groups may be scheduled between 9:30-11:00am Monday-Friday:
- Cost/Caregiver | $5.00
- Cost/Senior | $13.00
- Call Limit: 20 participants
Make your reservation today!
Call 512-288-1490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced reservations required for all programs.