School Programs

Oakland Zoo is proud to partner with local school districts, colleges and universities to offer inquiry-based science and environmental education programs, Pre-K through University. Our K-12 programs actively support CA State, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards and practices. Our college and university partnerships provide post-secondary and graduate students with unique opportunities to learn about animal behavior, research, and veterinary medicine.

Field Biology Workshops

Looking for a new way to engage your middle and high school science classes? Want to incorporate the new Next Generation Science Standards practices into your classroom? Get your students thinking, learning and acting like scientists with our new Field Biology Workshops!


Middle School, High School

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School Group Overnights

The adventure begins as your class explores the Zoo in a private evening tour. Afterwards, head inside to enjoy snacks and participate in a fun (and educational) activity.

Spring and Fall by Request

Elementary School, Middle School, High School

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Special Tours

Tours are provided to children (ages 5 and up) as well as adults. For our visitors with disabilities or physical challenges, our Docents provide tours with specially-equipped electric carts. Most exhibits and areas of the Zoo are accessible to these tours. Reservations for docent tours must be made four weeks in advance.

Scheduled by request

Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adults, Families

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Student and Teacher Resources

Tips for students and teachers on school reports, scavenger hunts, and a list of Oakland Zoo animals that are considered endangered with information on how you can help.

Pre-K–Kindergarten, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adults

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Wildlife Assembly

Your interactive, up close animal encounter hosted in our outdoor Wildlife Theater will provide an opportunity to explore your theme through observation and questioning, all while having fun, during this live animal presentation. After your program ends, your class, using their honed observational skills, can explore the Zoo at your own pace. This program is great for large groups with multiple classes and multiple age ranges.


Pre-K, Kindergarten, Elementary School, Middle School, High School

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Discover the Wonders of the World's Wildlife with a ZooMobile Program! Bring the zoo to you in a variety of ways. A myriad of ZooMobile outreach programs have been tailored to meet the needs of your group!


Pre-K, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Adults, Families

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Bring your class to the Zoo and experience a day full of adventure! Upon arrival each class will be greeted by an Education Specialist, who will bring you to a classroom and introduce your theme. Then you will venture in to the Zoo to explore and observe the plants and animals on a guided tour. After your tour, you will return to your classroom to wrap up and review the day's activities. After your program has ended you can head back into the Zoo to eat a picnic lunch, or back to visit the animals until your departure time.

Kindergarten, Elementary School

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Oakland Zoo provides free and discounted science education programs through our Zoo-to-Community initiative for underserved students attending Title 1 schools in the Greater Bay Area.

*We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year.*

Kindergarten, Grades 1–5, Middle School, High School

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P.O. Box 5238

9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605