Special Needs Field Trip Program
The Phoenix Zoo offers the Animal Families 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 where students move between stations and are encouraged to touch, smell and feel all appropriate items. The program can be geared towards students of any age and functioning level. The animal families discussed include insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
Special Needs Camp Zoo Program
Children will have fascinating adventures with the natural world at Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo! Campers participate in outdoor activities such as up-close animal encounters, hands-on activities, games, in depth investigations, and hikes around the Zoo. We’ll also spend time in the classroom making crafts, using scientific tools and meeting Animal Ambassadors up close.
Combining the best experiences from our week-long camp curriculum, this one day camp experience is sure to be a memorable one! Children have fascinating adventures with the natural world through up-close animal encounters, hands-on activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free-time. Wild Hearts Camp and Sense of Wonder Camp offer a safe yet challenging educational experience designed to build a camper’s independence, confidence and skills. Campers are encouraged to develop strong relationships with their peers and to appreciate individual connections with the natural world. Although lessons are developed ahead of time, we leave room for individual self-expression and the program is flexible to meet the needs of individuals within the group.
* Please note that the Zoo does not employ specific individuals certified or extensively trained in Special Education; however, our camp instructors do receive pre-camp training that includes basic skills for working with children who have special needs. Our instructors possess respect and understanding for children and a deep passion for the natural world. They are well trained in interpretive techniques, group management and activity facilitation.