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The San Antonio Zoo is one of the finest outdoor learning environments in South Texas! A Zoo visit could be just what your class needs to spark interest in science and observational learning. From characteristics of species, to adaptations for survival, to the wonders of nature, the San Antonio Zoo is the perfect classroom to introduce or reinforce your TEKS curriculum!
The Zoo is a great classroom for all school ages and subjects! Bring students for a self-guided tour and enjoy docent presentations at various locations throughout the Zoo, Tuesday through Friday. Keeper Connection times are located on our map, and students will be able to watch the keepers train or feed the animals. For the most enjoyable trip, schedule visits Monday through Wednesday when the Zoo is less crowded.
Real.Wild.Classroom.Want a hands-on, TEKS-aligned classroom program on your next Zoo visit? Book a R.W.C. program that includes an animal presentation, biofacts, themed activities and a guided tour. This 1.5-hour program is appropriate for all grade levels but must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance. Contact: LReynolds@sazoo.org or (210) 734-7184 ext.1504 for more information.
Available through June 6th (for 2014-2015 academic year) Other days available upon request
Cost per person: $12
One person must pay for the entire group; includes Zoo admission
Click here for helpful information about Real.Wild.Classroom programs!
Home School Programs
Grades K-4 (Ages 6 and up)
Dec. 17 Big Cat, Little Cat
Cost: $35 per person
Looking for a fun way to earn CEU credit hours while learning more about animals? Come to the Zoo and get TEKS-aligned activities to use in your classroom while also exploring the Zoo.
Dec. 13 A to Z at the Zoo!
(Starts at 9:30 a.m.; Pre-K and Kindergarten grades; 4 credits)
Jan. 17 Teacher Keeper Shadow Experience
(Starts at 9:00 a.m.; Limited to 12 participants; All grades; 4 credits)
Feb. 13 Things That Go Bump in the Night
(Starts at 6 p.m.; all grades; 4 credits)
*Please note: All Teacher Workshop registrations close out one week in advance. *
Cost: Free to educators (No family members, please)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Join our monthly teacher orientation for teachers BEFORE your trip to make sure your visit runs smoothly. Staff will provide information about buses, lunches and logistics. We will provide an overview of the Zoo and some suggestions to make your trip a great success. Enjoy a short tour of the Zoo to see any new exhibits or point out any new animals or births.
* Please note: Teacher Orientations close out 3 days before the event. *
Feb. 21 - Elementary Career Day (Grades 1-5)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
$15/Member adult & child
$25/Nonmember adult & child
$10 Extra Participant (adult or child)
Interested in a career at the Zoo or working with animals? Spend the morning with Zoo staff learning about what they do, requirements of the job, plus the challanges and rewards of working with animals.
(Everyone in the program must be a paying participant and accompanied by an adult. Students must be at least 6 years old to attend the program.)
$50 per participant
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights throughout the school year
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Groups of 20 (minimum) to 100 participants (Please call if your numbers are greater than 100)
Join our weekday school overnights and imagine sleeping along the riverbanks of Africa with the hippos and crocs active all night long! Our overnights include a small animal presentation, TEKS-aligned activities, a night tour of the Zoo and more. A light nighttime snack and morning breakfast are included, as well as admission to the Zoo the following morning. For more information, contact: LReynolds@sazoo.org or call (210) 734-7184 ext.1504.
$25 refundable deposit upon return
Check out time is for 2 weeks
Looking for some extra tools to help support your lesson plans in the classroom? Check out one of our teacher trunks! Each specially designed TEKS-aligned trunk contains activities, supplies and learning tools to enhance your classroom setting. (Trunks must be picked up at the Zoo Education Center, delivery not available.) For more information, contact: LReynolds@sazoo.org or call (210) 734-7184 ext.1504.
Grades K – 2
World of Animals
Grades 3 – 6
Animals Behaving Wildly
All Grades Biofacts (Skulls, skins and more!)
For: High School and University Students
$25 per participant (includes Zoo admission)
1.5 hours long
Looking for a unique way to learn about the different types of careers at the Zoo and to go behind-the-scenes to see our employees in action? Book a Behind-the-Scenes tour with your group and visit one of our departments to see what it takes to run the Zoo on a daily basis. Dates and times are dependent upon the department’s availability. Programs must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance. For more information, contact: LReynolds@sazoo.org or call (210) 734-7184 ext.1504.
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