Free Educational Programming to Eligible Schools this Fall

Virginia Zoo virtual school programs offer memorable, fun and a highly educational way to learn about animals and conservation – and now Title 1 and Norfolk Public Schools are eligible to virtually attend a new “Career Chat and Q&A Session”. These two-way conversations with Zoo Educators give insight on what it’s like to work at a zoo.

zoo educator present ornate horned frog to zoo campers virtually“Because in-person field trips, outreach events, and classroom programs are not a viable option this fall, we had rethink our approach,” said Michelle Lewis, Education Manager. “Our mission is to engage our community to take action to save the world’s wildlife and the environment, and that means meeting them where they are, whether it is at the Zoo, at school, or in their own living rooms,” Lewis added.

The Education team is also offering other virtual programs for a minimal cost that allow students to explore the Zoo like never before. Take a live, interactive virtual “Zoo Tour” led by a passionate Educator. Or bring learning to life with a “Classroom Program” by virtually meeting two animal ambassadors and seeing biofacts. New “Scout Badge Workshops” are offered through Google Classroom and allow participants to complete badge requirements at their own pace, with different badges available monthly.

masked zoo educator and Eurasian eagle owlChoose from a variety of topics that will keep your group engaged as they learn more about the natural world around them. Each program includes science lessons aligned to Virginia’s Standards of Learning. Virginia Zoo school programs also fit curriculum requirements in North Carolina and private schools.

Paid programs range in cost from $30-$60 and last 30-45 minutes.

These programs are not just limited to school students. They make perfect activities for retirement centers, nursing homes and other organizations.

To book a program or learn more, visit All programs are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.