Title 1 Oakland Unified School District elementary schools may apply for our Zoo-to-Community scholarship fund.
2012-2013 funding, eligibility information, and applications are in the works. Please check back again.
History of Zoo-to-Community
The Oakland Zoo provides free science education programs through its Zoo-to-Community initiative for at-risk and underserved students attending Title 1 schools in the East Bay. Launched in 2006 the project was conceived in response to the need for improved science literacy and outdoor education experiences, and to encourage students to pursue an interest in veterinary, biological, ecological, and conservation sciences. By removing barriers to participation through free programs, free transportation, and free family vouchers, we are able to reach thousands of students through the Zoo-to-Community program.
Zoo-to-Community supports and improves science literacy by providing life science and environmental programs with meaningful hands-on learning experiences otherwise unavailable to schools in lower socio-economic neighborhoods. Programs are designed to appeal to all learning styles and abilities; to instill a sense of wonder and passion for learning; and to encourage continued learning and discovery and ultimately, personal action. To address this challenge, the Zoo starts with the youngest learners, augmenting the formal educational system with informal programs that reinforce key life science concepts while introducing broader messages about conservation and stewardship. This occurs within a dynamic "outdoor classroom" utilizing our live animal and plant collections and related education programs to connect children to nature. As the only Zoo in Northern California built into a hillside park-like setting, the Oakland Zoo is one-of-a-kind outdoor classroom where visitors of all ages can comprehend the enormity of the environment and their role as its stewards