In Our Community

We are deeply involved in our local community, offering free and discounted education programs to schools, supporting other non-profits, hosting holiday parties for local charities, and offering free and discounted admission to underserved community members.

Here are more details about our community programs:

Zoo-to-Community

Oakland zoo provides free and discounted science education programs for underserved students attending Title 1 schools in the Greater Bay Area. We give 5,500 vouchers every year to schools and community organizations as part of this program. We reach an average of 3,000+ students and 1,000+ adults with our Zoo-To-Community programs during the school year.

Teacher Appreciation Month

For the past two years we have provided Zoo family passes for Oakland Unified School District teachers during Teacher Appreciation Month each May. Every year we donate and average of 2,500-3,000 passes.

Participation With Local Schools

We provide our auditorium and classrooms for Oakland Unified School District's professional development days at a reduced rate, twice a month. We also participate in the OUSD Science Fair and Dinner, donating programs and goods for their raffle, and donate Zoo passes for every teacher and student participant.

Veterans Day

We offer free admission to veterans, reservists, retired and active U.S. military personnel plus one family member on Veterans Day.

Senior Summer Free Days

Four days each summer, we offer free admission to Oakland Seniors 65 years and older.

Oakland A’s Kid Club

An Oakland Zoo Family Pass is included when a fan purchases an Oakland A's "Kid Club" package. We have donated 10,000 passes each year for this cause.

Oakland A’s Community Holiday Party

Every winter, Oakland Zoo hosts the Oakland A's holiday party, providing 250 children from local schools a festive gala of food and drink, animal encounters, Santa Claus, Stomper the Elephant, and A's players.

Local Charity Organizations

We provide 1,000+ Family day passes to local nonprofits to use in local auctions and fundraising (equivalent monetary value = $100,000).

Healthy Living Festival

We host and sponsor this annual event every September in partnership with the City of Oakland. It has become the largest older adult-focused health-related event in Alameda County. The event draws an average of more than 2200 participants each year.

Kinderprep

One day each Spring, Oakland Zoo offers free admission to 500 pre-K and TK students from underserved Oakland communities and their families through this program in cooperation with Oakland Rotary Club. The day includes free lunch and additional Educational opportunities, as docents set up special stations throughout the Zoo.

Arroyo Viejo Creek Cleanup

On 14 Saturdays every year, we invite up to 45 community members to come help clean up the Arroyo Viejo Creek area. In exchange for their work, each volunteer gets free admission into the Zoo afterwards.

Discover and Go

We donate 5,500-6,000 Zoo passes yearly to 26 Bay Area library networks, which are given away via the Discover and Go program.

On-Site Training for Youth

Oakland Zoo participates in several Bay Area programs offering opportunities for Bay Area youth to get hands-on job experience. These programs include the Eastmont Self Sufficiency Center, Marriott Foundation Bridges, Ashland REACH Community Center, CaPROMISE, The Unity Council, Rising Stars, and Youth Uprising.