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.

September is Teacher Appreciation Month

Texas teachers are hardworking individuals!  We invite you to enjoy Austin Zoo during the month of September for FREE!  To take advantage of this offer, please identify yourself as a teacher when you check in at our Gift Shop, and show us a copy of your current pay stub or your current School ID.  This offer is valid only for Texas teachers.  Visiting family and friends will still pay regular admission.



Zoo Tots

Click here to register for Zoo Tots!

Zoo Tots is designed for a parent/guardian and a child to spend time learning together! Each 5 week session will feature a new theme. Weekly classes focus on the monthly theme. Activities include animal visitors, story time, crafts, science experiments, and on-grounds zoo investigations. Classes held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am – 11am. $40 per session for 1 adult and 1 child. $20/session for each additional child. Free admission for Zoo members.

Session 1 (Registrations are full!): August 28-September 26: Creature Feature: Let’s explore what makes each of these animals so special!
Topics include “Lying with the Lions”, “Fuzzy Foxes”, “Brave Bears”, “Leaping Lemurs” and “Pretty Parrots”

Session 2 (Registrations are full!): November 6-December 12: Once Upon a Zoo: Reading comes to life when we combine beloved children’s picture books with Austin Zoo animals.
Topics include “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, “Charlie The Chick”, “Animals Do, Too!”, “Play with Me” and “The Mixed Up Chameleon”.

Session 3(Registrations are full for Tuesdays!): February 12-March 13: Awesome Adaptations: Together we will explore how animal use their unique teeth, tails, toes, and more!
Topics include “Terrific Teeth”, “Fantastic Feet”, “Tangled Tails”, “Crazy Coats” and “Super Senses”




Home school Nature Series

Register for our Nature Series here!

Join us for four fun-filled sessions where your child will learn about biology and participate in exciting labs!

Programs will be held one Thursday each month from September through April. Students aged 6-8 will meet from 10:30-12:00, and students aged 9-11 will meet from 1:00-2:30.

The fee for each class is $12.00 and each lab is $18.00. Members receive free admission to the Zoo.

· September 13 – Zoo Animal Nutrition What do Austin Zoo animals need to eat?

· October 18 – Owl Pellet Dissection Lab: Get an up close look at owl digestion.
**9 – 11 year old class from 1:00pm – 2:30pm is now full!

· November 8 – Habitat Happenings: What do animals need in their home?

· December 13 – Conservation Lab: How can we help protect the environment?

· January 10 – Amazing Adaptations: Investigate the traits & behaviors that help animals survive.

· February 14 – Squid Dissection Lab: Learn about the anatomy of squid.

· March 14 – Classification Station: How are animals named and organized?

· April 11 – Animal Behavior Lab: What can we learn from what an animal does?



Homeschool Day

Thank you to all of our 2018 partners and participants! Stay tuned for our announcements for our 2019 Homeschool Day in September.


Summer Camp Themes Coming Soon for 2019!

Mark your calendars for registrations beginning in February 2019.



Classes and Programs

Onsite School Programs &
Offsite Outreach Programs


School Programs for Field Trips

Austin Zoo is excited to introduce new and improved TEKS driven STEM programming designed specifically for Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.  Enrich your field trip with hands-on, interactive classes and labs including: Story Safari, Animal Wrappers, Animal Senses, In My Backyard, Animal Adaptations, Owl Pellet Dissection Lab, Animal Behavior Lab, and Biomimicry Basics.   Click HERE to download our informational brochure.

Program fee:
$2/student for 30 minute programs
$3/student for 45 minute program

Scavenger Hunts

Download the following scavenger hunts to keep children engaged in learning about various behaviors, adaptations, and habitats of our resident animals.

Adaptations Scavenger Hunt

Behavior Scavenger Hunt

Habitats Scavenger Hunt

School Outreach Programs

Let the Zoo come to you! Traveling program options for pre-K through fifth grades are listed in the brochure linked here. 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.

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.


      • Cost: 1 hour workshop: $150 for up to 15 participants.  Each additional participant: $10
      • 2 hour workshop: $165 for up to 15 participants.  Each additional participant: $11

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.


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!

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


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