Phoenix Zoo ZooToYou Programs – Let us bring the Phoenix Zoo to you!

Our Live On Location, ZooMobile and Distance Learning programs align with Arizona Department of Education Academic Content Standards at primary and secondary levels. Inspiring and motivating people to care for the natural world is part of the Phoenix Zoo’s mission statement. Our ZooToYou program fulfills this mission by delivering educational and exciting programs to your organization. Phoenix Zoo Outreach Specialists strive to engage audiences about the wonders of our earth and the animals with whom we share it. Phoenix Zoo ZooToYou has three different programs depending upon your location in Arizona:

Live On Location (within Metro Phoenix) | ZooMobile (outside Metro Phoenix)
Distance Learning (to anywhere)

  • ZooToYou Live on Location
  • ZooToYou ZooMobile
  • ZooToYou Distance Learning

Our Phoenix Zoo Outreach Team will deliver exciting educational programs directly to your school! The Live on Location program is for locations within the Phoenix Metro area. Our Outreach Specialists will engage your students by providing up-close animal experiences with a select group of invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. We strive to inspire students about the wonders of our earth and the animals with whom we share it. Use a Live on Location program to introduce, reinforce or culminate your classroom curriculum. Choose from one of our exciting program topics or we can create a custom program to fit your needs.

Live on Location presentations can be either a booth setting (demonstration table with one-on-one discussion) or an interactive program with audience participation.

Program Pricing:

Educational/Youth Group:
$190 1st hour/instructor, $150 additional consecutive hour or additional instructor
• Additional presentations can be booked at a discounted price

All Others:
$250 1st hour/instructor, $150 additional consecutive hour or additional instructor
• Additional presentations can be booked at a discounted price

Program Details

Duration: 60 minutes (unless otherwise noted)
Availability: Can be scheduled any day
Group Size: Maximum of 75 attendees per interactive presentation; schedule additional presentation for larger groups
Reservations: Three weeks’ notice and advanced payment required. Call 602-914-4333 to register.

Other Notes:  For additional information about the ZooToYou program call our Outreach Office at 602-273-1341 x 7356.

Program Topics:

PreK

Animals A to Z

A is for animal, Z is for zoo… Join us as we practice our letters and learn more about the different animal groups, such as birds, mammals, spiders and more!

30 minutes (two consecutive 30-minute programs must be scheduled. 35 attendee limit/half hour)

1, 2, Count the Zoo

Let’s practice counting with friends from the Zoo! Four legs, two ears, one tail… there sure are a lot of things to count! Join us to work on counting the animal way; you know you can count on us for a good time!

30 minutes (two consecutive 30-minute programs must be scheduled. 35 attendee limit/half hour)

Colorful Creatures (ages 3-6)

Animals come in many colors, like red, green, brown and blue. All those pretty colors might help them hide from YOU! A tale of a chameleon will help explain it all; we’ll explore animal colors and have ourselves a ball.

Book: “The Mixed Up Chameleon” by Eric Carle

45 minutes (includes literacy component of reading a book, 40 attendee limit)

Critter Calls (ages 3-6)

Who-Who-Who wants to make sounds like the animals do? Can you figure out what animals we will see just by their sounds? Let’s listen and find out!

45 minutes (includes literacy component of felt board story presentation, 40 attendee limit)

Movin’ and Groovin’ (ages 3-6)

Twist and shout, do-si-do and turnabout! While we all love to rock and sway, animals like to move their way. We will find out interesting ways animals move their bodies, and do the same with our bodies too.

Book: “Doing the Animal Bop” by Jan Ormerod and Lindsey Gardiner

45 minutes (includes literacy component of reading a book, 40 attendee limit)

Shapes in Nature (ages 3-6)

Circle, triangle or square… shapes can be found everywhere! We’ll look for shapes in our world, on us and on the animals too!

Book: “The Shape of My Heart” by Mark Sperring

45 minutes (includes literacy component of reading a book) (40 attendee limit)

Kindergarten

Animal Kingdom

From fur to feathers, scales to exoskeletons, discover the amazing characteristics of the animal world. Identify and learn about the similarities and differences that help us categorize animals into distinct scientific groups.

Growing Up Animals

Growing up is hard to do! Join us on a journey through the life stages of different types of animals.

Sonora’s Desert Journey

Sonora the Harris’ hawk meets many desert animals in her quest to find water. Follow Sonora’s story in the book, “Sonora’s Desert Journey,” and discover how animals find what they need to live in the desert.

Up All Night

A whole world of animals comes alive when we go to sleep. Discover how animals use their senses to navigate in the dark and learn why these animals are active at night.

1st Grade

Animal Kingdom

From fur to feathers, scales to exoskeletons, discover the amazing characteristics of the animal world. Identify and learn about the similarities and differences that help us categorize animals into distinct scientific groups.

Growing Up Animals

Growing up is hard to do! Join us on a journey through the life stages of different types of animals.

Sonora’s Desert Journey

Sonora the Harris’ hawk meets many desert animals in her quest to find water. Follow Sonora’s story in the book, “Sonora’s Desert Journey,” and discover how animals find what they need to live in the desert.

2nd Grade

Growing Up Animals 

Growing up is hard to do! Join us on a journey through the life stages of different types of animals.

It’s a Jungle Out There!

Deep in the rainforest, life can be hard. Join us as we explore the amazing adaptations of animals who call the jungle home.

3rd Grade

Adapting to Arizona

Arizona is home to unique habitats and landscapes. From hot, dry deserts to snowy forests, discover how animals have adapted to some extreme conditions in our state.

Living Levels – Trophic Quest

Arizona is home to unique habitats and landscapes. From hot, dry deserts to snowy forests, discover how animals have adapted to some extreme conditions in our state.

4th Grade

Adapting to Arizona

Arizona is home to unique habitats and landscapes. From hot, dry deserts to snowy forests, discover how animals have adapted to some extreme conditions in our state.

Animal Kingdom

From fur to feathers, scales to exoskeletons, discover the amazing characteristics of the animal world. Identify and learn about the similarities and differences that help us categorize animals into distinct scientific groups.

5th Grade

Variations in Vertebrates 

Imagine a world where you could use your ribs to slither through the grass or your fingers to fly.  Join us as we compare our skeletal system to those of various vertebrates.

Zoo Clue 

Calling all animal detectives! Help investigate the clues animals leave behind. Using our observational skills and evidence like tracks, scat, feathers, fur and more, we can solve some of nature’s mysteries.

6th Grade

Variations in Vertebrates 

Imagine a world where you could use your ribs to slither through the grass or your fingers to fly.  Join us as we compare our skeletal system to those of various vertebrates.

Zoo Clue 

Calling all animal detectives! Help investigate the clues animals leave behind. Using our observational skills and evidence like tracks, scat, feathers, fur and more, we can solve some of nature’s mysteries.

7th Grade & Up

Eat or Be Eaten

Dive into the world of predators and prey! Explore some adaptations and strategies predators use to catch prey, and how prey avoid getting caught. It’s a food web full of suspense to determine who will survive.

Multi-Aged Group

These programs are not standards-based and are perfect for community centers, libraries, afterschool programs, resorts, birthday parties and more! These programs are catered to be both fun and educational for all ages!

Bonkers for Biodiversity

Habitats are made of many different parts – and each one has an important job to do. To maintain a healthy habitat, we need biodiversity. Biodiversity includes us.

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

Many animals have seemingly magical abilities. Some can do a great disappearing act, while others perform impossible feats! Learn about the magical ways of these animals along with Inadequate Illusionist, The World’s Worst Magician!

Wonderfully Weird

In the animal kingdom, nothing is quite as it seems. In this program we will meet commonly misunderstood animals as we discover: Is truth stranger than fiction?

Custom Programs:

If our standard program offerings do not fit your needs, please contact the Outreach Supervisor so we may create a custom program just for you!

Academic Standards (pdf)

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are available for qualifying schools. Select the Scholarships Tab on this page for more information.

Phoenix Zoo Zoomobile
sponsored by Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation

ZooMobile Outreach programs are designed to reach schools in communities outside the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan area. The Phoenix Zoo is proud to celebrate over 40 years of partnership with the Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation to offer our ZooMobile program.

Please call 602.914.4329 to find out if your school qualifies.

Program Pricing

Free. All fees are generously underwritten by Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation.

Program Details

Duration: Programs usually last 60 minutes
Availability: The ZooMobile is scheduled to be in each area of the state for a limited period of time. Programs are typically offered to K-12 schools on a first come, first serve basis within the scheduled travel area.
Group Size: Maximum of 35 students per hour program; up to three consecutive programs per school may be scheduled for a total of 105 attendees per school.
Reservations: Reservations are made through the ZooMobile Coordinator and are subject to availability. Please call 602.914.4329 for more information.

2016 – 2017 Program Topic

Dr. Nimble’s Conservation Station
Help world-famous scientist Dr. Nimble save endangered species! Travel to Africa and South America to assist Dr. Nimble in field studies to gather information about the animals and analyze the data, using the right questions to figure out what information you need. Meet an animal ambassador from the zoo, and ask the right questions to unlock the mystery of how to save its wild cousins!

Distance Learning

Phoenix Zoo Distance Learning broadcasts into your classroom with live animals, engaging activities and inquiry-based programs – the same quality programming you expect from the Phoenix Zoo, just virtual. All you need is a computer, a projector and an internet connection and you’ll have access to dynamic programming from our Outreach team.

Program Pricing

$90 per program/classroom

Our Distance Learning Outreach programs are designed for a single classroom to interact with our Outreach team.

Program Details

Duration: 45 – 60 minutes, depending upon the age of the students
Availability: Wednesday and Thursday mornings.  Please contact our Reservations Department for available slots.
Group Size:  Maximum of 40 attendees for each session.
Reservations: Three weeks’ notice and advanced payment required. Call 602.914.4333 to register.

Program Topics

Paws, Claws, Scales, and Tails (Grades K – 2)

In this program, students will explore animal body features and be introduced to the concept of physical adaptation. Our Outreach Specialists will utilize a combination of live animals, captivating video and imagery, and interactive games. Ultimately, students will work together to create their own imaginary animal as they develop an understanding of why various body features are essential for animal survival.

The Amazing World of Adaptations (Grades 3 – 4)

Designed to complement learning standards for grades 3 and 4, this program explores the physical and behavioral adaptations of a variety of plants and animals. Our Outreach Specialists will utilize a combination of live animals, captivating video and imagery, and interactive games to introduce or review the topic of adaptations.

The Science of Black-footed Ferret Conservation (Grades 5 – 6) Coming soon!

Conservation and Human Impacts (Grades 7 – 8) 

Discover some human impacts on native Arizona species and how conservation biologists are working to help the environment and animals through videos, imagery and live animal encounters. We will explore some real conservation examples using the scientific process.

Exploring Evolution (Grades 9 – 12)

Let the power of video, imagery, live animals and interactive games help your students explore important aspects of evolution such as: natural selection, genotypic and phenotypic variation and the influence of environmental factors on species evolution. This program may serve as an introduction or review of these key topics in evolutionary study.

Academic Standards (pdf)

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are available for qualifying schools. Select the Scholarships Tab on this page for more information.