SCHOOL PROGRAMS

About our Programs

Our school and group programs are great for any group – not just schools! Scouts, homeschool groups, libraries, senior centers and more can all enjoy these exciting offerings. These programs give participants a memorable, fun and highly educational way to learn about animals and conservation.

Choose from a variety of topics that will keep your group engaged as they learn more about the natural world around them. For school groups, each program includes science lessons aligned to Virginia’s Standards of Learning and also fit curriculum requirements in North Carolina and for private schools. We offer two great options – virtual or in-person! Off-site programs are unavailable at this time, check back for updates.

Now Booking!

The Virginia Zoo’s Education Department is currently booking school and group programs through August 2021. Program offerings and prices for the 2021-2022 school year are under review and subject to change. Program bookings for the 2021-2022 school year are anticipated to open in July 2021.

Financial Aid

Title 1 schools in Virginia and North Carolina, as well as all Norfolk Public Schools, are eligible for a free Career Chat + Q&A session. Free chats are limited and scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the Virginia Zoo for more information.

Contact Us

To book a program or find answers to your questions, fill out the inquiry form at the bottom of this page, call 757-441-2374 ext. 232 or email vazoo.education@norfolk.gov.

  • Career Chat + Q&A Session

    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at a zoo? Discover what it takes to care for the furry, feathery, and scaly friends that call the Virginia Zoo home. Each virtual program lasts for 30 minutes, includes a short presentation, and a Q&A session with one of our Zoo Educators. This program does not include a live animal encounter.

    Pricing: $30 per program

    Program Length: 30 minutes

    Financial Aid: Title 1 and Norfolk Public Schools are eligible for a free “Career Chat + Q&A Session”. Please contact the Virginia Zoo for more information at vazoo.education@norfolk.gov.

  • Zoo Tour

    Join our educators and explore the zoo like never before. Each virtual tour lasts for 45 minutes and is aligned with curriculum standards. Tours are available for every grade level (and even adults and seniors!) and can also be adjusted to fit your learning objectives. This program only includes a live tour of the Virginia Zoo and the animals that live there; it does not include an animal encounter like you would experience in a virtual classroom program

    Pricing: $45 per program

    Program Length: 45 minutes

    Program Themes:

    • Adaptations – What is camouflage? Why do some animal sleep during the day? This program will reveal the physical and behavioral adaptations that animals use to survive.
    • Animal Groups – Is it a mammal, reptile, bird or amphibian? During this program students will explore how scientists classify animals into different groups.
    • Habitats – From the rainforests of Africa to the deserts in Australia, explore the different habitats that animals call home.
    • Zoo Careers – Discover what it takes to care for the furry, feathery, and scaly friends that call the Virginia Zoo home.
    • Can’t find what you’re looking for? Let us know! We may be able to cover a topic that isn’t listed above.
  • Classroom Program

    This program will bring learning to life, as your group meets 2 different animal ambassadors and sees various bio-facts related to the program theme. Each program lasts for 30 minutes and is aligned to Virginia’s Standards of Learning. These programs can be scheduled for any grade (or age) level and can be adjusted to fit your group’s needs.

    Pricing: $60 per program; Additional animal ambassadors can be added to your program, for an additional $15 per animal

    Program Length: 30 minutes

    Program Themes:

    • Habitats – From the rainforests of Africa to the deserts in Australia, explore the different habitats that animals call home.
    • Adaptations – What is camouflage? Why do some animal sleep during the day? This program will reveal the physical and behavioral adaptations that animals use to survive.
    • Life Cycles – Investigate how animals are born, grow up and care for their young.
    • Food Chains  + Food Webs – Join us as we compare predator vs prey and connect the links within the food chain.
    • Animal Groups – Is it a mammal, reptile, bird or amphibian? During this program students will explore how scientists classify animals into different groups.
    • Animal Behavior – Animal behavior plays a very important role in how we care for animals, both at the zoo and around the world. During this program, participants will learn more about animal behavior and conduct an ethogram observation for one of our animal ambassadors.
    • Senses – Discover how living things, including humans, sense the world around them.
    • Community (Citizen) Science – Did you know that you can help scientists learn more about the wildlife and habitats in your area? Join us as we introduce you to the world of community science!
    • Can’t find what you’re looking for? Let us know! We may be able to cover a topic that isn’t listed above.
  • Homeschool Programs

    Bring learning to life as you encounter everything from towering Masai giraffes to tiny poison dart frogs at our next Homeschool Day! Stay tuned for the next event date.

    Need to keep your homeschooler entertained? Check out our educational Virtual Voyage material!

  • Self Guided Field Trips

    Are you interested in bringing a school group to the Zoo for a field trip, but are looking to guide your class through the Zoo independently? Email us at info@virginiazoo.org.

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