Come volunteer at Oakland Zoo's Arroyo Viejo Creek! Volunteers work on a variety of tasks and all projects are 100% outdoors!
Calling all ghosts, goblins, & witches - there's so much to do at Boo at the Zoo! Stroll the Zoo in costume and follow the clues on your program to fill your Trick or Treat bag full of yummy treats. Ride the spooky boo train, get your face painted, make treats for the animals, participate in hands-on Halloween themed activities, and see how the animals at Oakland Zoo celebrate Halloween! Kids in costumes receive a free ride ticket. Don't miss it!
Hop, dance or stroll on over and join us for a family-friendly event like no other. See our upcoming list and plan to be a part of the fun.
Get ready for an eerie overnight experience with the family, full of fun, Halloween themed activities!
How would you like to see grizzly bears at night? Or hear wolves howling after dark? Oakland Zoo-Fari at the California Trail Clorox Foundation Overnight Experience offers an urban camping experience with after-dark activities, fun, and learning.
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.
Take your next Zoo visit to a whole new level by touring our state-of-the-art Veterinary Hospital. This behind-the-scenes tour will take you through a facility designed to accommodate all current and future animals at Oakland Zoo.
Come join us in celebrating the Sixth Annual “World Giraffe Day” at Oakland Zoo! Learn about Oakland Zoo's giraffe population and giraffe in Africa. Participate in activities like giraffe feedings and special prize drawings to help these animals in the wild.
Does your little one love animals? ZooKids classes are a great way for children age 4-5 to have a fun and educational adventure at the zoo. Each program includes a mini zoo tour, craft, games, animal close-up, and snack.
Celebrate the holidays at Oakland Zoo amidst a million glowing lights! Soar over the Oakland hills in our festively-lit gondolas and see the Bay Area skyline like never before. Enjoy swirling snowfalls and meet Santa for the ultimate holiday experience. See the Music in Motion laser light shows and stroll through twinkling holiday lights, animal structures and a candy cane lane-themed Adventure Landing with rides your kids will love. Hop on the illuminated Outback Express Train and warm up with hot cocoa and dinner at the Landing Café with a scenic view for miles!
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!