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

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 $9/lunch including tax.

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 or badge requirements covered.

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.

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.

Field Trips Zoo Admission

What: Go at your own pace! Schedule an unguided walk through the Zoo.

Who: All ages – please be prepared to provide your Staff Identification for all field trips.

When: Monday-Friday; 9:30 am to 4 pm (Last Admission at 3 pm) Two weeks notice is required.

Cost: Minimum 10. $9.95/participant plus applicable fees. Title I students can receive a $5 discount on tickets. $50 deposit required - if you are unable to provide this, please contact us for a waiver.

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

Homeschool Zoo Admission

What: Go at your own pace! Schedule an unguided walk through the Zoo.

Who: Compulsory age students – please be prepared to provide your Notice of Intent or bona fide exemption.

When: Monday-Friday; 9:30 am to 4 pm (Last Admission at 3 pm)

Cost: Maximum 10. $9.95/student plus applicable fees. Looking to bring a larger group? Use the School Group Zoo Admission option above.

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

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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.

World Traveler

What: During this 30-minute auditorium program, your group (up to 300 students) will meet 4 different animal ambassadors and learn about the places that they call home.

Themes: Adaptations and Habitats

Who: Pre-K through 2nd grade. Please inquire with the Education Department for the specific SOLs

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

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

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.

Contact Us

To book a program or find answers to your questions, submit your request on the link below to see available options on the day you want to visit.  A team member will reach out to you within the next 3-5 business days to respond to your request.  From that link, you can also join the waitlist to find out more about a specific program.

Resources

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