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.

All programs are age-appropriate and complement the Virginia Standards of Learning along with curriculum requirements in North Carolina and for private schools. Scouts can also complete certain badge requirements; ask us for more information!

Virtual Program with an Opossum and Zoo Keeper

Choose one of three ways to learn:

At the Zoo (Zoo Field Trips)

Zoo Edventures 

What: This auditorium-style program is 45-minutes, designed for larger groups, and features 4 of our unique animal ambassadors. 

Themes:  Adaptations. Habitats 

Who: All ages – please inquire with the Education Department for the specific SOLs covered. 

When: Any day of the week; 10 am to 2 pm 

Cost: Minimum 25; Maximum of 300. Groups of 25-49: $16/participant. Groups of 50-99: $14/participant. Groups of 100-300: $12/participant. 

Includes: All-day admission to the Zoo for all participants; 1 free adult chaperone for every 10 students. 

Add-ons: Looking for lunch? The Zoo’s Restaurant can provide bagged lunches for $7/lunch plus tax. 

Are you a homeschool family or small group? Join us for select Homeschool Edventure Days to join other homeschoolers for a discounted rate on the Zoo Edventures presentation plus additional pop-up educational stations and interactions spread throughout the Zoo. Join us September 27, 2021 or October 11, 2021.

 

Close Encounters 

What: This 30-minute presentation is designed for smaller groups, includes 3 animal ambassadors, and has a wide variety of themes to choose from.  

Themes: Adaptations, Animal Behavior, Animal Groups, Community (Citizen Science), Food Chains + Food Webs, Habitats, Life Cycles, Senses 

Who: Pre-K through 12th grade. Scout groups encouraged. Please inquire with the Education Department for the specific SOLs or badge requirements covered. 

When: Any day of the week; 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Late afternoon or evening possible but not guaranteed – inquire for more information. 

Cost: $350 for up to 30 students; Includes all day admission to the Zoo plus 3 free adult chaperones and pre- and post-program curriculum to help your group make the most of this experience. 

Add-ons: Looking for lunch? The Zoo’s Restaurant can provide bagged lunches for $7/lunch plus tax. 

 

Wild Walks 

What: A 1-hour educator-led tour through part of the Zoo focused on a topic of your choice. 

Themes: Adaptations, Animal Groups, Habitats, General Zoo Tour, Zoo Careers 

Who: Appropriate for all ages, but recommended for Kindergarten and up due to walking. 

When: Any day of the week; 9:30am-2pm (Mornings are recommended) 

Cost: $180 for up to 15 students and 2 adult chaperones. $12/participant over 15. Maximum 60 participants. Includes all day admission to the Zoo plus 1 free adult chaperone for every 10 students. 

Add-ons: Looking for lunch? The Zoo’s Restaurant can provide bagged lunches for $7/lunch plus tax. 

 

Starry Safari 

What: This 2-hour evening program will satisfy your night owls by combining a close encounter animal presentation with an evening wild walk through the Zoo complete with activities all about our nocturnal neighbors.   

Who: Recommended for ages 5 and up. 

When: Friday and Saturday evenings starting between 5pm and 6:30pm. 

Cost: $500 for up to 20 participants (plus 2 free adult chaperones). $20/participant for up to 30 participants. Includes 1 free adult chaperon for every 10 children. 

Add-Ons: Looking to sweeten the deal? Add an extra half hour to include s’mores over the campfire for $50 for the first 20 participants and $2/participant after that. 

Zoo To You

Zoo Edventures 

What: This auditorium-style program is 45-minutes, designed for larger groups, and features 4 of our unique animal ambassadors. 

Themes: Adaptations. Habitats 

Who: All ages – please inquire with the Education Department for the specific SOLs covered. 

When: Monday-Friday 10am-2pm; limited availability.  

Cost: $400 for up to 300 students 

 

Close Encounters 

What: This 30-minute presentation is designed for smaller groups, includes 3 animal ambassadors, and has a wide variety of themes to choose from.  

Themes: Adaptations, Animal Behavior, Animal Groups, Community (Citizen Science), Food Chains + Food Webs, Habitats, Life Cycles, Senses 

Who: Pre-K through 12th grade. Please inquire with the Education Department for the specific SOLs 

When: Monday-Friday; 9:30am-2:30pm 

Cost: $300 for up to 30 students plus travel fee, if appliable; Includes pre- and post-program curriculum to help your group make the most of this experience. 

Virtual Zoo

Close Encounters 

What: This 30-minute presentation is designed for smaller groups, includes 3 animal ambassadors, and has a wide variety of themes to choose from.  

Themes: Adaptations, Animal Behavior, Animal Groups, Community (Citizen Science), Food Chains + Food Webs, Habitats, Life Cycles, Senses 

Who: Pre-K through 12th grade. Please inquire with the Education Department for the specific SOLs 

When: Monday-Friday; 9:30 am to 3:30 pm 

Cost: $175 – 98 device limit if the Zoo hosts. Includes pre- and post-program curriculum to help your group make the most of this experience. 

 

Animal Wellness Campus Tour 

What: Have you ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes at the Virginia Zoo’s veterinary hospital, known as the Animal Wellness Campus? Do you want to know what it takes to care for more than 700 animals daily? While we can’t physically take you inside the building right now due to health and safety regulations related to COVID-19, we can do the next best thing – a video tour and a 45-minute virtual question and answer session with an educator! 

Who: While there is no overtly graphic content in the video, it does show surgical procedures on animals; therefore, we recommend participants are middle school aged and older. 

When: Your 30-day access to the video begins on the date of your choice. The virtual Q&A session can be scheduled any day 9:30 am to 3 pm. 

Cost: $50; Includes 30-day access to the 15-minute behind-the-scenes video of the Animal Wellness Campus plus a 45-minute virtual Q&A with one of the Zoo’s educators. 

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 oInterested in a program? Please fill out our program interest form to help us find and book the best program to fit your needs. 

You can also email us at vazoo.education@norfolk.gov with questions.

Scholarships are Available!

Thanks to our generous sponsors, the Virginia Zoo is able to provide a limited number of free programs to public schools in Hampton Roads for the 2021-2022 school year. If interested, please fill out our program interest survey and be sure to click the box for scholarships! Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis for qualified schools.

Resources

Looking for extra resources for your classroom or group? Check out our teacher resource page for free videos, scavenger hunts, and more!