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!


Field Trip Questions? Please visit our Field Trip Page.


Upcoming 2018 Programs

Homeschool Day
September 28, 2018

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!

This is a special event, therefore Groupon, Travel Zoo, Living Social and other similar offers or discounts aren’t valid for admission.

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Nature Series Classes and Labs

Join the Austin Zoo for age appropriate science labs and hands-on educational classes.
These monthly 1.5 hour classes include animal encounters, science experiments, on-grounds zoo investigations and more!

*Due to higher materials costs Labs have a higher fee. Guardians are welcome to stay on zoo grounds. Admission not included with class fee.

Ages 6-8 (10:30-12:00) Ages 9-11 (1:00-2:30)
September 13 Zoo Animal Nutrition: What do Austin Zoo animals need to eat? $12
October 18 Owl Pellet Dissection: Get an up close look at owl digestion. $18
November 8 Habitat Happenings: What do animals need in their home? $12
December 13 Conservation Lab: How can we help protect the environment? $18
January 10 Amazing Adaptations: Investigate the traits & behaviors that help animals survive. $12
February 14 Squid Dissection Lab: Learn about the anatomy of squid. $18
March 14 Classification Station: How are animals named and organized? $12
April 11 Animal Behavior Lab: What can we learn from what an animal does? $18

Register for our Nature series at the link down below.

Nature Series Classes





Summer Camp

We are excited to have your child join us for the third year of our summer camp! This year we are moving to full-day camps for all ages! The official camp day will begin at 9 AM and run until 4 PM Monday through Friday. There will be two topics each for 5-7 year olds, 8-10 year olds and 11-13 year olds. On the last week of summer we will offer one full-day camp Monday – Friday for 6-10 year olds called Zoolympics!

Our summer camp philosophy gets your child excited about nature and science through using Austin Zoo as an outdoor living classroom. It is an opportunity for your child to take risks, try new activities and to make new friends who have an interest in science.

Camps will be taught by experienced instructors and well-trained counselors. Your child will participate in many activities including investigating science through fun experiments, fostering their creativity through science-related arts and crafts, and learning about animals and environmental science through up close encounters. Come join us this summer for a roaring good time!


Camp Schedule and Pricing

Monday through Friday 9:00AM – 4:00PM • Members: $250 per week • Non-members: $275 per week

Date: Camp Session & Age Range:
June 11-15 Jr. Zoo Crew, Ages 8-10 Session is full!
June 18-22 Junior Zookeepers, Ages 5-7 Session is full!
June 25 -29 Zookeeping 101, Ages 11-13 Session is full!
July 9-13 Zoo Safari, Ages 5-7 Session is full!
July 16-20 Eat or be Eaten, Ages 8-10 Session is full!
July 23-27 Wild Careers, Ages 11-13
July 30- Aug 3 Junior Zookeepers, Ages 5-7 Session is full!
Aug 6 -10 Jr. Zoo Crew, Ages 8-10 Session is full!
Aug 13 – 17 Zoolympics, Ages 6-10 Session is full!

Click here for more information and to download a copy of our camp brochure


Early member registration will begin on February 19, 2018 and non-member registration will begin on February 28, 2018. Would you like to register early? Purchase a family membership to register early and receive member pricing! Click here to learn more about becoming a member!

How to register for Summer Camp:

  1. Click here to download a brochure with the registration form attached.
  2. Complete pages 5 & 6.
  3. Submit completed registration form 1 of 3 ways:
    • By mail: P.O. Box 91808, Austin, TX 78709
    • By fax: 512-288-3972
    • Bring form with payment to our Gift Shop between 9:30AM – 5:00PM



Classes and Programs

Austin Zoo Sleuths!

Be an Austin Zoo Sleuth! Come solve “The Case of the Missing Bird Toys.”

This free clue-based scavenger hunt is fun for the whole family. Someone stole the bird’s toys! Follow the clues to figure out which animal is the culprit and learn about animal enrichment along the way! Each animal has something to say!

  • Price: Free with paid admission
  • Fun for all ages!
  • Solve three Austin Zoo Sleuths mysteries and we’ll put your picture in our Hall of Fame!

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

Onsite School Programs &
Offsite Outreach Programs


School Programs for Field Trips

Our programs are aligned with TEKS for pre-K through fifth grade. Programs are $2 in addition to admission prices. Click here to download our informational brochure.

School Outreach Programs

Let the Zoo come to you! Traveling program options for pre-K through fifth grades are listed in the above brochure. To schedule a program, please call 512-288-1490.

Community Outreach Programs

Austin Zoo offers outreach programs for community organizations such as churches, public libraries and senior citizen facilities. Each program includes audience participation and live animals! Call or email us at (512)-288-1490 or for program options and pricing.

Click here to learn more about community outreach programs.
Click here to learn more about senior programs.

New! Scout Programs

Reserve your custom scout workshop, meet badge or patch requirements, or just come out for a fun day of learning. All workshop pricing includes zoo admission! Click here to see a program flyer.


Date: 1 Hour: 2 Hours:
Sept-Jan $8.50 $9.50
Feb-May $9.00 $10.00
June-Aug $10.50 $11.50


Click here to submit a request to schedule an Austin Zoo Scout Program.

If you have any questions, call (512) 288-1490 ext. 106 or email , a $50 deposit is required at time of booking.

Zoo Tots

Returning Fall 2018, new schedule coming soon!
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.

Homeschool Nature Series

Returning Fall 2018, new schedule coming soon!
Join us for four fun-filled sessions where your child will learn about biology and participate in exciting labs!


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