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.

Programs are offered Mondays in October – April by reservation only. Classes are presented by Zoo volunteers and are free with paid admission to the Zoo. Call 602.914.4333 for more information.

Special Needs Camp Zoo Program
Sponsored by the Arizona Diamondbacks

Kids can spend summer and winter breaks at the Zoo with Camp Zoo! Camp Zoo offers children in kindergarten through eighth grade an opportunity to explore nature and the Zoo in a fun, hands-on and exciting way. All of our lessons and activities are age-appropriate and designed for multiple learning styles. Young children will be introduced to nature with smaller animals, basic caregiving, art projects and very simple action projects. Each class progresses with the children’s level of understanding all the way up to seventh and eighth grades, during which participants will explore animal training, visitor education and Zoo careers. Check back again soon for information on Winter Camp Zoo sessions.