For the Phoenix Zoo, high-quality education is an integral part of our mission. We offer a wide variety of programs and materials to support students and teachers as they learn about science and nature concepts. All of our programs for schools and teachers are based upon Arizona State Academic Standards. Look below to see how we can enhance learning at the Zoo and in your classroom.

Phoenix Zoo Teacher Advisory Council

Are you interested in becoming even more involved in the Zoo’s conservation education initiatives? The Zoo’s Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) may be the opportunity for you. TAC is composed of certified teachers and educators who are able to commit to a one-year term to advise us on our educational programs, discuss the changing needs of today’s teachers, and serve as Phoenix Zoo ambassadors in their schools, district and community. TAC members are selected from teachers across a variety of content areas and grade levels throughout the state.

Teacher Advisory Council Members will:
• Meet at the Zoo 4-5 Saturdays per year (lunch is provided).
• Serve in an advisory role to assist with the development of new 21st century educational programs.
• Serve as a Zoo ambassador in their school, district and community—disseminate Zoo information to colleagues, and share teacher feedback with the Zoo.
• Receive regular updates on Zoo events and opportunities via email and education newsletters.
• Have the exclusive opportunity to work with Zoo educators and be an integral part of Phoenix Zoo conservation education programming.

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Let the Zoo be your outdoor classroom with a field trip. Visit us during the day for a self-guided field trip or add an educational program with our staff to enhance your visit. Our Night Camp programs offer a great learning experience for students, and parents can spend the night, too.

Downloadable activities and lesson plans to use during your field trip are being updated. 

Educational Programs for Field Trips

Reserve an educational program in conjunction with your day-time field trip, to enhance your students’ experience. All of our programs are designed to support academic standards, are age-appropriate and include a variety of hands-on and inquiry based techniques. To register for a program please contact our Reservations Department at 602.914.4333 (or check off program choice on reservation form).

Available Programs:

Guided Tours ($70)  (35 people max)

Experience the Zoo in a whole new way and make your next field trip unforgettable with a Guided Tour! These 60-minute programs are specially designed for groups of up to 35 participants, allowing them to engage in an inquiry-based walking tour of select Zoo trails. Your Zoo instructor will encourage critical thinking and deductive reasoning as your students explore their surroundings using multiple senses, including actively viewing animals on exhibit. Your students are also challenged to explain a variety of scientific concepts evident in the natural world.

Guided Tours are popular programs for school groups, so teachers and schools are encouraged to make reservations early. When making your reservation, please inform us of any cultural or religious aversions to any animal species or type of animal. We can adjust the tour to fit your needs. Please be sure to arrive early for your program, as extended time cannot be guaranteed past 10 minutes.

Crazy Classification: Exploring Animals (kindergarten – 2nd)

Mammal, bird or reptile? How do you know what kind of animal you’re looking at? Through the Exploring Animals Guided Tour, students discover the five major traits that scientists use to categorize animals. A Phoenix Zoo instructor leads students on a tour of the Zoo’s Arizona Trail, classifying vertebrate species. The instructor challenges students with interactives and inquiry to improve their observation and critical thinking skills.

Crazy Classification Guided Tour Standards

Desert Discoveries: Exploring Arizona (3rd – 4th)

Food, water and shelter are hard to find in the Sonoran Desert. Avoiding predators and scorching temperatures are just some of the challenges living organisms must face. Through the Exploring Arizona Guided Tour, students explore and learn about several desert animals along the Phoenix Zoo’s Arizona Trail by comparing and contrasting their habitats and adaptations. Utilizing manipulatives, a Zoo instructor will guide small discussion groups to uncover how various Arizona animals survive in the harsh extremes of our local ecosystem.

Desert Discoveries Guided Tour Standards

Nature’s Niche: Exploring the Rainforest (3rd – 6th)

More than half of all the plant and animal species call tropical rainforests home. Just how do so many unique and valuable organisms manage to coexist in such tight quarters? By carving their own niche, finding their “job” to minimize competition and actually benefit one another and their environment. A Phoenix Zoo instructor leads students on a tour of the Zoo’s Forest of Uco Trail to explore some of the many interesting inhabitants of a tropical rainforest and determine just what niche they fill in their environment. Through observations and discussions, students are challenged to identify various components of a balanced ecosystem, including biotic and abiotic elements, as well as producers and consumers, and discover how valuable each one is to the other.

Nature’s Niche Guided Tour Standards

The Science in Zoos (6th – 12th)

How many scientists does it take to run a zoo? Zoo instructors lead groups through discussions and activities, while exploring many of the science disciplines necessary to successfully run a zoo. Students will discover the importance of the Phoenix Zoo’s role in conservation while uncovering many STEM career opportunities along the way.

Tropical Treasures (6th – 12th)

Tropical rainforests are fragile ecosystems requiring a delicate balance for sustainability. So just what happens when you lose a rainforest? Through the Tropical Treasures Guided Tour, students explore the Forest of Uco at the Phoenix Zoo, discovering the importance of rainforests, the resources acquired from them and the interdependence of the inhabitants found therein. While a Zoo instructor facilitates a group examination and discussion of real life conservation projects, students gain an appreciation for the challenges we face in attempting to maintain a stable and diverse ecosystem and uncover the value of rainforests around the world.

Tropical Treasures Guided Tour Standards

Enriching Experiences: Exploring Behavioral Enrichment (7th – 12th)

Movies, music and video games provide us with hours of entertainment, but what does a zoo do to keep a monkey from getting bored or a zebra from being stressed? Behavioral Enrichment! By providing mental and physical stimulation through naturalistic settings and environmental enhancements, managed setting animals’ lives are greatly improved. The benefits include increased natural behaviors and healthy, stress-free individuals. The Enriching Experiences Guided Tour provides students with the opportunity to explore and learn about seven types of behavioral enrichment used by the Phoenix Zoo through comparing and contrasting a variety of exhibits and species. Utilizing manipulatives, a Zoo instructor will facilitate observations and discussions to discover some of the intricacies involved in the behavioral management of managed setting animals — making life more stimulating for the Zoo’s animals and guests alike!

Enriching Experiences Guided Tour Standards

Wild Workshops ($125)  (35 people max)

Are you looking for a fun and interactive way to get your students engaged during your next field trip to the Zoo? Then join us for a Wild Workshop! These one-hour workshops are suited for groups of up to 35 participants to engage in numerous hands-on, inquiry-based activities. Your Zoo instructor will encourage discovery and critical thinking as your students explore a variety of scientific concepts. Following the activity portion, some workshops will be visited by a member of our Programs Animal Collection. Depending on the nature of the class and the comfort of the animal, some animal touching opportunities may be available!

Wild Workshops are popular programs for school groups, so teachers and schools are encouraged to make reservations early. When making your reservation, please inform us of any cultural or religious aversions to any animal species or type of animal. We can adjust the animal presentation to fit your needs. Please be sure to arrive early for your workshop, as extended time cannot be guaranteed past 15 minutes.

Desert Connections (3rd – 4th)

Frigid ice or scorching sand? Arid, barren wasteland, or a variable and fascinating treasure? What makes deserts unique, and how have animals adapted to live in such harsh environments? Through the Desert Connections Wild Workshop, students discover how organisms are connected to biotic and abiotic elements in their ecosystem in order to survive such environmental extremes. A Phoenix Zoo instructor leads an interactive classroom workshop and hands-on discovery of some of the characteristics that define a desert biome. This workshop challenges your students’ perceptions of and appreciation for deserts and includes an up-close animal encounter with one of our program animals. Depending on the nature of the class and the comfort of the animal, touching opportunities might be included.

Desert Connections Wild Workshop Standards

Amazing Adaptations (3rd – 6th)

How have animals adapted in order to survive? How do habitats influence those adaptations? Through the Amazing Adaptations Wild Workshop, students learn how ecosystems can change naturally and by the actions of humans, and how those changes can impact a variety of species. A Phoenix Zoo instructor leads the workshop with hands-on, inquiry-based activities to uncover the remarkable ways species are perfectly suited for their environment. Students also explore various types of physical and behavioral adaptations and discover the importance of versatility.

Amazing Adaptations Wild Workshop Standards

Kids Who Care Conservation Club (3rd – 8th)

What’s the purpose of biodiversity and what causes some species to become threatened or endangered? Through the Kids Who Care Conservation Club Wild Workshop, students examine some causes of endangerment and ways we can all make a difference. A Phoenix Zoo instructor leads your students through an interactive classroom workshop and exploration of what living organisms need to survive and how we can ensure the preservation of those resources and wildlife. This workshop challenges your students to seek out every day, attainable solutions to common conservation issues and includes an up-close animal encounter with one of our program animals. Depending on the nature of the class and the comfort of the animal, touching opportunities might be included. Discover the importance of wildlife conservation!

Kids Who Care Conservation Club Wild Workshop Standards

Wonders of Flight (9th – 12th)

What is biomimicry, and how has it influenced the development of man-made flight? Through the interactive Wonders of Flight Wild Workshop, a Phoenix Zoo instructor will guide students through a variety of inquiry stations involving animal artifacts, activities, and live animals where they will observe, manipulate, and investigate flight forms, adaptations, and the mechanics of flight. Students explore various forms of organic flight including active flying, soaring, and gliding to discover the physical forces involved and the diversity of adaptations necessary for a living organism to take to the skies.

Wonders of Flight Wild Workshop Standards

Introduction to Animal Care (9th – 12th)    $150

How do you treat an elephant with a cold or a Komodo dragon with a toothache? Where do Phoenix Zoo animals go when they are sick or injured, and how do we meet the nutritional and behavioral needs of such a large animal collection? Through the interactive Careers in Animal Care Wild Workshop, a Phoenix Zoo instructor leads a class that challenges students to problem-solve and think critically about some of the issues animal caretakers face when working with exotic species. The program will conclude with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo’s Joyce Corrigan Animal Care Center!

**Due to the unpredictable nature of caring for animals, a tour of the Corrigan Center may not be possible at all times. On these occasions, a similar experience will be provided elsewhere at the Zoo.

Introduction to Animal Care Wild Workshop Standards

Animal Discoveries ($75)  (75 people max)

Are you looking to make your next field trip to the Zoo more memorable? Then join us for an Animal Discovery and observe animals up-close! These 45-minute programs are suited for groups of up to 75 participants. Depending on the class and the comfort of the animal, some animal touching opportunities may be available. Your Zoo instructor will encourage an exploration of what makes each animal unique and provide opportunities for questions.

Animal Discoveries are popular programs for school groups, so teachers and schools are encouraged to make reservations early. When making your reservation, please inform us of any cultural or religious aversions to any animal species or type of animal. We can adjust the animal presentation to fit your needs. Please be sure to arrive early for your program, as extended time cannot be guaranteed past 10 minutes.

Animal Kingdom (kindergarten – 2nd)

I am cold blooded, lay eggs, am covered in scales, breathe air with lungs and have a backbone. What am I? Through the Animal Kingdom Animal Discovery program, students discover the five major traits that scientists use to categorize animals and utilize those traits to determine what animal they are observing. A Phoenix Zoo instructor leads students in a classroom presentation of program animals from different categories as students identify a variety of species based on common characteristics. The instructor challenges students with interactives and inquiry to improve their observation and critical thinking skills.

Animal Kingdom Animal Discovery Standards

Creepy Crawlies (kindergarten – 2nd)

Spiders, snakes, bats and cockroaches! Why do some people think these animals are so creepy? Through the Creepy Crawlies Animal Discovery program, enter the world of crawly creatures and discover just how cool and very important these unique organisms are to the ecosystems in which they live. A Phoenix Zoo instructor leads students in a classroom presentation of program animals, allowing them to discover how learning about these creepy crawlies can dispel myths and actually change how we feel about them.

Creepy Crawlies Animal Discovery Standards

Desert Diversity (3rd – 4th)

Cactus, rocks, sand and heat are all components of the Sonoran Desert, but what else do we find there? Through the Desert Diversity Animal Discovery program, students learn what five elements all living organisms require to live and what adaptations enable these animals to survive in the harsh desert. A Phoenix Zoo instructor leads students in a classroom presentation of program animals, while your students design their own desert habitat and discover many of the important residents who call this challenging place home.

Desert Diversity Animal Discovery Standards

Predator/Prey (4th – 8th)

What makes the ultimate predator and how does prey successfully avoid becoming lunch? Through the Predator Prey Animal Discovery program, students identify a variety of adaptations necessary for predators and prey to survive. A Phoenix Zoo instructor leads students in a classroom presentation of program animals, as they assess the interdependence of predator prey relationships and the effectiveness of various survival strategies and techniques. The instructor challenges students with interactives and inquiry to improve their observation and critical thinking skills.

Predator/Prey Animal Discovery Standards

Special Needs Programs

The Phoenix Zoo offers a program developed specifically for students with special needs. Live animals, photographs, skull models, pelts, animal figures, and more are used to engage students and demonstrate concepts. Our program utilizes a sensory motor approach – students move between stations and are encouraged to touch, smell, and feel all appropriate items. This program can be geared towards students of all ages and functioning levels. The animal families discussed are: insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The “Animal Families” program is presented by Zoo Volunteers.

Programs are offered on Mondays only, October – April by reservation only (at least two weeks in advance) and are free with paid admission to the Zoo. Call us at 602.914.4333 for more information.

Special Needs Reservation Form

Nightcamp

The Phoenix Zoo offers overnight programs especially for school groups. Spend the night with us and your experience at the Zoo will be like no other! Night Camp adventures include up-close interactions with animals, hands-on activities, night hikes, snacks, breakfast and more. Choose from six different themes that are designed to meet Arizona Department of Education Academic Standards as well as the Next Generation Science Standards. Camps can be schedule almost any night of the year, depending on availability. A minimum of 25 paid campers* are necessary to book a camp. Camps must be booked and paid in full at least three weeks in advance. To reserve your camp date, call Reservations at 602.914.4333.

The Phoenix Zoo offers a variety of Nightcamp types and program themes. To learn more about Nightcamp programs, locations and other info please visit our Nightcamp page.

2013-2014 Pricing

  School Group Rates*
  1st-6th grades 7th grade and up
Twilight Camp $40.00** $45.00**
Overnight Night Camp $50.00** $55.00**
Wilderness Experience $65.00 $70.00

*For all camps: School groups receive one FREE adult chaperone for every ten campers under the age of 18. One adult chaperone (at least 18 years of age) is required for each 10 children that attend. Free chaperones do not count toward the 25 paid camper minimum.

** Twilight and Overnight Night Camps have the option to add Hungry Howie’s Pizza for an additional fee of $5.00 per person, including chaperones.

Puppet Shows (included with Phoenix Zoo admission) (60 people max)

Introduce young children to friendly and fierce animals in a light-hearted and entertaining way! Join us for a live 20-minute puppet show featuring a fun and fantastical animal fantasy that encourages sing-along, interaction and laughter.

Performances are presented by our talented volunteers and offered on Thursdays, October through April in the C.W. & Modene Neely Education and Event Center at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. All shows are available for school groups and general Phoenix Zoo guests alike; however, in order to guarantee seating for large groups, a two- week advance reservation is required.

Choose from three premier puppet pageants specially developed for pre-K through second grade audiences.

Barnyard Buddies (Pre-K)

Old MacDonald had a menagerie down on Harmony Farm! Sing along and meet some of the animals who make their home on the range, many of whom you might actually encounter at the Zoo’s very own Harmony Farm. Learn about Charlie Horse’s shoes, Thomasina’s turkey trot and why goats love to recycle. It’s a hand-clappin’ good time on the farm!

Parade of the Desert Animals (K – 2 grade)

Who’s who in the desert, and just how do they all survive in this hot and interesting habitat? Join Cala and Coyo the coyotes as they introduce us to some of their desert neighbors and find out just what it takes to be a desert native. It’s quite an adventure out there!

Rare and Special Animals (2 – 3 grade)

Pandas, tigers and polar bears are all quite unique and rare. They face many challenges today, but there is something we can all do to help! Meet some of the special animals found around the globe and find out why they are so important to us. Explore the world and be inspired!

Field Trip Information and Documents

The Phoenix Zoo offers an educational rate for all youth-oriented groups of $5.00 per person (including both children and adults) for admission to the Zoo for a minimum of 15 people. In order to qualify for these rates, all students must be accompanied by at least one adult per 10 children. If you qualify as a ZooReach** school you are eligible for the $2.00 rate per person.

Groups are welcome to schedule field trips throughout the year. Please note however, that we are closed to field trips during the month of March due to high visitation, and school reservations are limited each day in February and April. If you are planning a trip for the spring, please check the cover page of the Field Trip Reservation Form for sold out dates.

To schedule your field trip, complete the Field Trip Reservation Form and fax it to 602.914.4328.  If you have questions, please contact our Reservations Department at 602.914.4333.

** ZooReach schools are Title One Schools grades K-12 that have at least 50% of their entire enrollment in a free or reduced lunch program as listed by the Arizona Department of Education Health and Nutrition Services. To learn about all of our ZooReach scholarship opportunities visit the our Scholarships section of this page. 

 

Download Forms for Your Visit:

The forms below are required for your field trip. Please contact our Reservations Department at 602.914.4333 if you need assistance.

Field Trip Reservation Form

School Group Map – This Zoo map is designed specifically to aid in your field trip.

School Bus Driver Letter (Academic Year) – Give this to your bus driver for information about parking during the regular academic year.

School Bus Driver Letter (Summer) – Give this to your bus driver for information about parking if you are visiting during the summer.

Our program prices will be changing soon. Register today to take advantage of early-bird special rates* and get this year’s programs for last year’s prices! The more programs you register for, the more you will save.

*Early-bird special rate pricing is listed for all programs currently open for registration on our website. Register for programs by September 30 to receive early-bird special rate pricing.

Wild Science Academy

Wild Science Academy lets you explore the world of science with the Zoo as your classroom! These affordable and educational two-hour classes teach science through animal interactions, behind-the-scenes experiences, laboratory investigations, group projects, Zoo hikes and other inquiry-based learning activities. Designed for home school students, but open to all, Wild Science Academy is perfect for any young student with a desire to learn more about the science in zoos. Each class is also developed using Arizona Science Standards.

For students 5-8 years old & 9-13 years old
Program time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Program fees:

Member:  1 Child $18     2 Children $32     3 Children $45
General:  1Child $24      2 Children $43     3 Children $60

(Prices do not include adult admission)

5-8 years old

Specific program topic: Biomes
All living and non-living things coexist in harmonious balance in the earth’s biomes. From desert to savanna to deep ocean trench, these complex systems provide the key necessities to sustain life. Students in this course will explore the diversity of the world’s biomes through the creation of model biomes, close observation of animals in their environments at the Zoo and reflection on how the individual parts of a biome come together to make the whole.

Specific program topic: Water World
Arizona may not be known for water, but this vital resource is important for plants and animals that call this state home—including us! Students will learn about the living things that rely on access to water in our desert and riparian environments, model the paths that water takes through our state from the smallest droplet to a river system and observe the amazing adaptations of Arizona species. With creativity and grounding in water conservation science, students will apply their experiences to develop hands-on experiments and projects to share with their families.

Specific program topic: Animal Kingdom
Cold-blooded or warm-blooded, scaled or feathered, the animal kingdom is made up of many awesome animals! Investigate and learn about what makes animal species distinct from one another. Students will discover what makes reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals unique, explore remarkable ways in which animals survive and meet some interesting animal friends.

Specific program topic: Hide and Seek
Fight, freeze or flight? Animals are adapted to escape predators in many ways. Students will unearth the animals that burrow, camouflage, climb and otherwise adapt to keep from becoming lunch!

Specific program topic: Around the World
The Phoenix Zoo is home to animals from every corner of the world. Come learn about different animals from every continent and the unique habitats in which they survive. With up-close animal experiences and a take-home stamped passport, students will leave the Zoo feeling like a world traveler!

Specific program topic: Animal Tracks
For scientists studying animals in the wild, actually finding the animal is sometimes the hardest task. In this hands-on class, students are introduced to animal tracking and the signs animals leave behind. Students will become master trackers and learn how to find animals wherever they are!

Specific program topic: Webs of Life
Within a habitat, all living things are interconnected. In this dynamic class, students will learn about (and even act out) the food chains of several ecosystems represented at the Phoenix Zoo. The class will culminate in a trail experience as students apply what they’ve learned about the web of life to a Zoo animal exhibit.

Specific program topic: Habitat Relationships
All animals must have a place to live, and they often share these habitats with both living and non-living things. Using field research techniques, students investigate the important relationships animals have with all aspects of their environment as well as the lasting impact animals – including humans – have on their surroundings.

Specific program topic: Animal Interactions
During this course, students explore how different animals interact with one another in an ecosystem via competition, predatory behavior and symbiotic relationships. Through interactive demonstrations, data collection and behind-the-scenes experiences, students will discover that all ecological relationships – even parasitic ones – are integral to the stability of an ecosystem.

9-13 years old

Specific program topic: Intro to Scientific Method
Scientists all around the world follow the same basic research principles. This class takes an in-depth look at how scientific research is performed and allows students to create and test their own hypotheses with the Phoenix Zoo as their laboratory!

Specific program topic: Water World
Arizona may not be known for water, but this vital resource is important for plants and animals that call this state home—including us! Students will learn about the living things that rely on access to water in our desert and riparian environments, model the paths that water takes through our state from the smallest droplet to a river system and observe the amazing adaptations of Arizona species. With creativity and grounding in water conservation science, students will apply their experiences to develop hands-on experiments and projects to share with their families.

Specific program topic: Ecology 101
Ecology is the study of how organisms interact with their environments and is one of the most important topics for any budding animal scientist. In this introductory class, students will understand how animals interact with one another and will learn about the places animals live. They’ll use skills of observation, participate in fun learning activities and go behind the scenes for an exciting ecology experience!

Specific program topic: Amazing AZ
Our desert home can be a harsh environment for living things. Students will discover the different ways animals and plants survive in Arizona and the ecological characteristics that make this state unique!

Specific program topic: Big and Small
Animals come in countless shapes and sizes, and all must perform basic functions to stay alive. This course explores biological phenomena of gigantism and dwarfism by taking an in-depth look at some of the Phoenix Zoo’s residents. Students investigate the mechanics required to sustain life on these opposing scales through inquiry-based study and cost-benefit analysis to determine what factors might allow animals to get so big or so small.

Specific program topic: Ecosystem Energy
The productivity of an ecosystem is essential to all the organisms that thrive within, as well as to the conservationists that study those species. During this course, students will track the energy in an ecosystem through the sun, plants, top predators and back into the ground. Students will calculate a habitat’s productivity, investigate the costs and benefits of conservation action in different regions around the world and further understand the role energy plays in daily life for all living things.

Specific program topic: Field Science
For hundreds of years, people like Jane Goodall, Jacques Cousteau and Dian Fossey have studied the world around them by trekking into the thickest jungles, diving into the deepest oceans and climbing the highest mountains to explore places where no person had been before. In this adventurous class, students investigate the world around them with the eyes of a field scientist. Students will conduct actual biological field studies throughout the Phoenix Zoo and will learn about scientists who paved the way for current-day field research. 

Specific program topic: Symbiotic Relationships
The world is full of animals that depend on other living things to survive. In this course on symbiotic relationships, students investigate animal associations and interesting “friendships” of the animal world. Up-close animal experiences and an exploratory trek through the Phoenix Zoo will help students understand the many ways that different animals interact with one another.

Specific program topic: Communication
Communication is a key to success; for many animals, it is the key to survival! This course introduces students to different forms of communication from chemical cues to infrasonic sound waves that are employed by animals in order to stay alive. Students investigate animal nervous systems and how various forms of communication are generated, received and interpreted.

Let us bring the Phoenix Zoo to You! Our ZooToYou, Zoomobile, and Distance Learning programs align with Arizona Department of Education Academic Content Standards at primary and secondary levels.

Inspiring people to live in ways that promote the well-being of the natural world is part of the Phoenix Zoo’s mission statement. Our Outreach 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 Outreach has three different programs depending upon your location in Arizona:

ZooToYou (within Metro Phoenix) | Zoomobile (outside Metro Phoenix)
Distance Learning (to anywhere)

Please visit our Outreach Programs page for more information on the currently available outreach programs.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
We invite you to explore and share the fascinating world of wildlife and ecosystems using fun, hands-on educational activities. Project WILD is an award-winning environmental education program that includes subjects from science and language arts to math and music. The K-12 guide contains more than 150 interdisciplinary activities in lesson-plan style cross-referenced to grade, subject, topic, skill and length, all correlated to state and national standards. The goal of Project WILD is to develop awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment that will lead to informed decisions, responsible behavior and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment.

This workshop offers exciting new teaching ideas for use in science, math, social studies, language arts, physical education, music, art and more! Learn how to use these hands-on activities to fit into your school or organization’s STEM program.

All participants will receive…

  • 6 hours of CEU instruction including:
    • Review of pedagogy behind the projects
    • Time working with the format
    • Ideas on integration into curriculum
    • Time with references and extensions
  • Project WILD Guide full of innovative, teacher-tested activities for grades K through 12

$60 general | $50 member

Registration Deadline:  December 2, 2016

  • Dress comfortably
  • Bring your lunch, a reusable water bottle, and sense of adventure!

Register Today!


Growing Up Wild Curriculum Training: Exploring Nature with Young Children

Growing Up Wild is an early childhood education activity guide that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide and 4 hours toward continuing education.

Growing Up WILD’s activity guide:

  • Is written for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.
  • Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature-based activities in a full-color 11”x17’’ activity guide.
    Includes crafts, art projects, music, conservation activities, reading and math connections and much more.
  • Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
  • Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
  • Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and     the Head Start Domains.

Fee: Members: $30, Non-members: $40

November 5: 8:30am – 12:30pm

January 14: 8:30am – 12:30pm

To make reservations contact Michelle Mills mmills@phoenixzoo.org

Free Teacher Orientations

Teacher Orientations are free and a great way to discover how to prepare you and your class for a rewarding and successful field trip to the Phoenix Zoo. Questions will be answered and information will be shared on how to use the Zoo to support your academic standards, prepare your chaperones and engage your students for a more enriching experience. Together, we can determine new ways to approach your field trip and make sure you and your students gain the most out of your Zoo adventure. Please review the dates below for the next available orientation. Reservations are required 48 hours in advance of a scheduled orientation. For more information or to make a reservation register below or contact 602.914.4333.

Register for a Free Teacher Orientation

2016-2017 Dates:

Thursdays 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
01/05/17
03/16/17
04/06/17

Saturdays 9 – 10 a.m.
01/07/17
03/18/17
04/08/17

 

Through generous donations from local individuals, corporations, and foundations the Phoenix Zoo is able to offer discounted and free rates for some of our educational opportunities under our ZooReach scholarship program. The ZooReach Scholarship is available for Arizona Department of Education designated Title One schools grades K-12 that have 50% or more of their enrollment on a free or reduced lunch program. Below you’ll find the variety of scholarships that are available.

Zoo Field Trips

Your school group is welcome to enjoy a day at the Zoo anytime for a reduced rate. The ZooReach Scholarship provides a $3 discount off the already discounted school/youth group rate. When you make a reservation, you will be quoted a rate of $2/person (including chaperones, teachers and/or parents) for a minimum group size of at least 15.

Discounted rate is available for multiple trips, different teachers, or classes.

ZooReach Scholarship Guidelines

Each qualifying ZooReach School is also eligible to receive the following programs for their school each year until funds are exhausted. Programs are based on Arizona State Academic Standards. Call 602.914.4333 beginning September 7, 2015 for reservations.

ZooReach Outreach – Let us bring the Zoo to You!

Choose between one of the following:

ZooToYou Outreach Program – A one-hour presentation at your school for a group of up to 75 people. Presentation includes live animal ambassadors presented by engaging and knowledgeable instructors. ZooToYou scholarship programs are available on Mondays or Tuesdays throughout the year based on availability. Additional consecutive presentations can be scheduled at a cost of $150 for each additional hour.

Note: If your school is located outside the Phoenix metro area, but within Arizona , you are eligible to receive a free visit from our Zoomobile Outreach Program. Call our Zoomobile office at 602-914-4329 for more details.

OR

Distance Learning Outreach Program – A 45 – 60 minute live web broadcast presentation designed for a class size of up to 40 people. Presentation includes live animal ambassadors and engaging visual content presented by knowledgeable instructors. Distance Learning scholarship programs are available on Wednesdays or Thursdays throughout the year based on availability.

ZooReach Night Camp

An unforgettable overnight experience!

Includes dinner, live animal presentations, activities, hikes on Zoo grounds, continental breakfast, and zoo admission for the following day.

A minimum of 25 campers (children & chaperones) is required to hold a camp.

ZooReach Scholarships provide funds for 36 children and 4 adults to attend Night Camp, including a pizza dinner.

Scholarship includes up to 36 t-shirts for the students attending the camp. Adult shirts are not included but can be purchased at the gift shop.

ZooReach Night Camp scholarships become available September 7, 2015, and can be scheduled for any night from September 28, 2015, until March 1, 2016.

Final numbers need to be submitted 16 days prior to your arrival. You are responsible for the total number you have reserved – there are no refunds for no-shows!!

*IMPORTANT: If less than 16 days notice is given for a cancellation, or if your group arrives for Night Camp with less than the 25 person minimum, your school will not be permitted to reschedule using scholarship funds this year nor will it be permitted to participate in the ZooReach Scholarship the following year. Night Camp has arranged for food and instructors for the number of people reserved so the ZooReach Scholarship program is still charged for these no-shows, and funds are limited.

*If you wish to add campers above the number covered by the scholarship, the costs are as follows and must be paid for 16 days prior to your camp date:

$45.00 (1st through 6th grade campers)

$50.00 (7th grade & above, including teachers/chaperones)

(One free adult chaperone for every 10 paying campers under the age of 18)

Pizza $5.00/person

T-shirts $14.00/person

Please call 602.914.4333 with any questions, to make a reservation, or be put on a wait list. Thank you.