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Experience the animals!: See, hear and feel nature at Zoo School.

Experience the animals!

See, hear and feel nature at Zoo School.

Young Children

Stop! Think! Eco-Check! The Early Education initiative for developing environmental minds.
During all of our young childhood programs, look for key ‘Stop and Think” moments which help children initiate lifelong habits towards a more earth-friendly and conservation minded lifestyle.

Stop - Before you squish that native ant!
Think - Do I need that extra paper plate?
Eco- check - Did I just throw away a plastic bag that could be recycled?

Join us as we explore the natural world around us, and celebrate the Zoo’s 100 years of conservation!


Zoo School - A Nature Preschool

Ages 3-5 years
Fall session - Sep. 9 - Dec. 18, 2014
Spring session- Jan. 6 - May 21, 2015
9:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tues/Thurs  $275/Members; $300/nonmembers per month
Mon/Wed/Fri  $350/Members; $375/Nonmembers per month
Five days a week  $600/Members; $625/Nonmembers per month

Bring your child to the Education Center for a nature preschool experience unique in San Antonio! The Zoo’s teaching staff will introduce your child to plants and animals with hands-on education and time in nature. Daily activities include circle time, animal presentations, Zoo tours, outside free play, activity centers, fun games, songs and a snack! The San Antonio Zoo School - A Nature Preschool, is a fully licensed preschool program for children part time and full time for the fall semester! For more information, to visit our classroom, or to register, please contact our Early Childhood Coordinator at 210-734-7184, ext. 1513.

Payment of your first month's tuition will secure your spot. Register soon - limited spaces available!  We expect this incredible preschool experience to fill quickly! 


Family Campouts

6:00 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Cost per person: $45/member adult; $22/member child
$55/nonmember adult; $27/nonmember child

Don't hesitate, this popular program fills quickly! Bring the family for a great campout experience inside the Zoo.  Complete with an open fire, sleeping outside in a tent, outdoor activities, campfire stories, animal encounters, and an evening Zoo tour. This fall join us for some Texas outdoor living fun at an earlier time of 6:00 p.m. 

Ages 3-5 years:
Sep. 20    
Oct. 4
Oct. 18
Nov. 1
Ages 6-8 years:
Sep. 27
Oct. 11
Oct. 25
Nov. 8

San Antonio Family Nature Club-Made Possible through a grant from Disney!

Nov. 15



Please note: All early childhood programs are developed for the age range stated. Siblings under 12 months in strollers may attend at no charge but should be registered. Siblings over 12 months and extra adults need to be paid participants, as the number of participants in each program is limited. These stipulations assure proper preparation for the programs, safety of the guests and an appropriate group size for the teacher. 

Wild Beginnings and Zoo Explorers - Zootennial Celebration Series

Ages 2-5
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Wild Beginnings (Ages 2-3 years)
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Zoo Explorers (Ages 4-5 years)
$25/Member adult or child
$35/Nonmember adult or child

Meeting one hour a week for four weeks, this program encourages child and caregiver interactions
in a fun-filled environment with stories, songs and animal close-ups.

Jan. 4, 11, 18, & 25  (Sundays)         Celebrating Fishy Fins!
Feb 1, 8, 15, & 22     (Sundays)        100 Ways To Be A Nature Helper

To register, click "Tiny Tot classes" in the registration pages.


Little Zootennial Buddies

Ages 6-24 months
10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
$7/Member adult or child
$15/Nonmember adult or child
Jul. 14,  Aug. 23

Bring your littlest animal lover every month for a Zoo class to meet an animal friend, sing animal songs and read books about animals as they make new friends.  Attending all six classes is strongly recommended.

Starting Fall 2014 - NEW age groups for Little Zootennial Buddies!
Ages 6-15 months
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Dec. 1, Jan. 12, Feb. 9

Ages 16-23 months
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Dec. 15, Jan. 26, Feb. 23

To register, click "Tiny Tot classes" in the registration pages.


Tiny Tots Classes - Zootennial Celebration Series

Ages 2-5 years
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
$7/Member adult or child
$17/Nonmember adult or child

Special age-appropriate, one-day classes designed for child and caregiver to experience animals at
the Zoo through sensory nature exploration, songs, stories and animal presentations.
Dec. 3     Oh Dear, Dear, Deer!
Dec. 12   Tiger Tails
Dec. 22   Sing a Song of Animals
Dec. 27   Hippos and Hot Chocolate

Jan. 9     Polar Polka
Jan. 24   Animal Coats
Jan. 28   See You Later Alligator

Feb. 4     After A While Crocodile
Feb. 20   African Safari
Feb. 28   Odder than an Okapi?


Tiny Tots Customized Class

Ages 2-5 years
$10/member adult or child
$17/Nonmember adult or child
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Bring a group of 10-12 kiddos for an exciting one-hour tiny tot class at the Zoo.  Perfect for a playdates, celebrating a birthday or even a daycare group outing.
(At least 3 adults should participate in program)

*Please call 210-724-7184 x. 1513 three weeks prior to requested date to schedule.

Tots Nature Playdate at the Zoo 

Ages 2-3 years
10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
$7/Member adult or child
$15/Nonmember adult or child
Dec. 5,  Jan. 2,  Feb. 6

Bring your energetic and inquisitive young explorers to the Zoo for fun nature play-time!
We'll dig, collect, question, climb, squawk, pretend play and look for nature critters. This
session includes a visit from a fun animal ambassador.


Nature Rocks! Teaching/Parenting Class

Ages 3-5 years
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
$5/Member adult or child
$15/Nonmember adult or child

Ever wonder how to become a COOL nature teacher/parent?  Call us with a group of 8-12 adults and children ages 3-5 and we'll design a custom class that focuses on developing skills needed to mentor eco-conscious kids. Help your children recognize their potential to take charge, problem solve and find their own interests as they observe and study nature through open-ended nature play. 
Call 210-734-7184 ext. 1513 for more details!