Resources and educational activities that bring the Zoo to YOU!

April 1-30, 2020


Zoo@Home allows you to experience all the educational opportunities from the comfort of your home! Continue where you left off at school with grade level appropriate activities and lessons. Safely enjoy nature and the outdoors while learning more about local wildlife. Learn all about the zoo animals and ask those questions you've always wondered. Even become a Jr. Zookeeper by creating enrichment for your pets at home. New content added weekly!


Activities and lessons for Sheltering in Place


An Animal's Home (Pre-K)

Coffee Filter Butterfly (Pre-K)

Kindergarten and 1st grade

Animal Needs (K)

Animal Eyes (1st)

Butterfly Life Cycle with Pasta (1st)

2nd and 3rd grade

Pollination (2nd)

- Bee Template

- Flower Template

Virtual Scavenger Hunt (2nd, 3rd)

Adaptation Challenge (3rd)

- Adaptation Photos

Bird Beak Game (3rd)

4th and 5th grade

Predator vs Prey (4th)

- Predator vs Prey Record Sheet

Digestion (5th)

Middle School

Our Planet | Netflix: Guided Viewing by Episode

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

High School

Coming Soon!

All Ages

Oakland Zoo Animals Shelter In Place Coloring Pages (Volume 1)

Oakland Zoo Mammals Word Search

Safely Enjoying Nature

Nature Journaling for Everyone

Nature journaling is a way to keep a record of what you observe and experience in nature. It is a tool to help you become immersed in your surroundings and remember those experiences. You do not need to be a scientist or an artist to enjoy nature journaling, you just need to be curious.

Every week, we will be posting prompts to help you explore nature from your home, balcony, backyard, or local trail. There’s so much beauty and wonder around us if we take a moment to observe

Week 1

Need a little more structure? Print our nature journal template to dive into your nature exploration.

Walking with a Naturalist

Taking a walk or hike along a non-crowded trail is not only good for your physical health, it is essential for our mental well-being, especially in stressful times like these. Join our education staff on their walks and see what they see.
VIDEO - Introduction to iNaturalist & Plant Identification: Poison Oak vs. Blackberry

VIDEO - Plant Identification: Woodland Strawberries

VIDEO - Plant Identification: Pacific Pea

VIDEO - Plant Identification: Mission Bells

VIDEO - Citizen Science: Phenology

VIDEO - Botany: Oak Catkins

VIDEO - Conservation: Introduction to Weeds

VIDEO - Seed Dispersal: Stork’s Bill

VIDEO - Plant Identification: Maidenhair Fern

VIDEO - Plant Identification: Nemophila

Need an ID? We recommend iNaturalist, an excellent identification app that not only can help you name the plants and animals around you, but can also help scientists by collecting data on the distribution and biodiversity in an area. Click here to see how it works.

Junior Zookeepers: Make enrichment for your pets

Do you want to try out your skills as a junior zookeeper? Oakland Zoo’s keepers provide so much more than food, water, and a clean environment. They provide enrichment, things to keep our animals mentally stimulated. Your domestic animals can benefit from enrichment just as much as wild ones do. 

Boil ‘em. Mash ‘em. Stick ‘em in an Ice Tray?

Treasure Tubes: The real luxury worth hoarding

Ready to try it out? Get started here and check back later for more enriching recipes. 

Visit us on FB and Instagram for updates on what we’re doing to keep our Zoo animals entertained while the public is away. 

Click here to download our enrichment journal template.

Click here or here to find out more about the S.P.I.D.E.R. framework. 

Click here to find out which common household items are dangerous for your pets.

Oakland Zoo’s Animal Anecdotes

Explore Oakland Zoo’s different animals with our daily featured animal with astounding adaptations, fun facts, and highlights. Check out this week’s animals.

Want more? Explore all of our animals here.

Ask Me Anything

What do you want to know about nature, animals, or zoos?

Don’t be shy. We’re listening. Just submit your inquiry here.

Come back later for some featured Q/As.

Taking Action for Wildlife From Home

Conservation doesn’t stop because we’re stuck at home. Join us and take action for wildlife in your home, balcony, or backyard.

Start here and check back for more tips and activities.

Food and California Native Plant Garden

VIDEO - Create a Pollinator Puddle

VIDEO - Planting Your Vegetable Garden