Assembly and Classroom Programs

Our programs align with the new Next Generation Science and Common Core State Standards. We can bring wildlife, fun, and learning right to your school! Just call 619-557-3963 or 619-557-3962 to reserve an outreach program for your auditorium or classroom.

ASSEMBLY PROGRAMS—For Your Whole School!

All assemblies feature animal presentations, a Zoo Educator, and Dr. Zoolittle, the Zoo’s zany, good-natured wildlife researcher. After the program, each student will receive a coupon providing free admission to the Zoo (when accompanied by a paid adult).

  • Length: 50 to 55 minutes
  • Maximum audience per assembly: 350
  • Fee: $375 for first assembly and $200 for each additional assembly (same day, same school, same room location). A mileage fee may apply.

Grades K–6

  • Nature's Tricks with Dr. Zoolittle
  • Icky, Yucky, Gross Bugs with Dr. Zoolittle
  • NEW! Dr. Zoolittle's Zero Heroes
  • Wise & Wild Animals with Dr. Zoolittle
  • Radical Researchers


Most classroom programs feature animal presentations, a Zoo Educator, and the Zoo’s zany, good-natured wildlife researcher, Dr. Zoolittle.

  • Length: 50 to 55 minutes
  • Maximum audience (students and chaperones): 30 per classroom for grades pre–2 and 40 per classroom for grades 3–12
  • Fee: $225 for the first program and $125 for each additional program (same day, same school). A mileage fee may apply.


  • Growing Up Green: Even the youngest students can be superheroes for the Earth! Animal presentations and fun activities emphasize how easy it is to be green.
  • NEW! Be a Bug's Buddy! From beautiful butterflies to busy bees, the world of pollinators is amazing, and you'll never guess who the largest pollinator is!

Grades 1–2:

  • Recycle Rock Stars! When it comes to recycling, students and teachers can be rock stars, too! Discover how recycling can make your classroom more earth-friendly while helping wildlife. Includes an interactive classroom activity and animal encounter.
  • NEW! What's the Buzz? Bugs are wildlife weirdos that the planet cannot do without! Learn about pollinators, decomposers, and other animal outlaws in this interactive classroom program.

Grades 3–6

  • Reptile Researchers: Join in the fun as our reptile researchers tag iguanas to monitor their movements in the wild, and track down an endangered local turtle species with the coolest radio-tracking equipment!
  • NEW! Southwest Scientists: Get excited about conservation as Dr. Zoolittle leads you on an adventure tracking the movements of elusive California condors! Become a Southwest scientist by creating awareness for endangered wildlife.

Grades 6–8:

  • NEW! Giraffe Trackers (two-part program): During two one-hour sessions, students encounter the challenges of tracking giraffes in Africa, as they become field researchers on an important mission. Session 1: Students track giraffe and domestic cattle in Kenya to identify their overlapping ranges. Using low-tech photos and high-tech tracking devices, students follow the animals' daily movements between and within human settlements—and the infomation they uncover can help save giraffes. Session 2: Students dive deeper into the issues surrounding giraffe conservation and uncover the pressures on giraffe populations. During a deductive reasoning game, students unwind the mystery behind why giraffes are becoming endangered, figure out the best path for giraffe survival, and pinpoint who and what are the culprits behind their conservation concern. Fee: $450 (discounted fee of $350 if sessions are implemented on the same day, back to back).
  • Bioinspiration—Nature’s Best Ideas: Discover the concept of bioinspiration—the science of taking inspiration from nature. Features hands-on activities that allow individual students a chance to foster creativity and think in new and innovative ways.
  • Dr. Zoolittle's Career Fair: From animal training to accounting, students will discover a variety of careers in the zoo world. Assisted by a Zoo educator and Zoo animals, Dr. Zoolittle presents career information with lots of audience participation during the introduction, followed by a career fair where students visit six stations full of fascinating career help. The program culminates with a fun career-matching activity for each student. Maximum audience: 72 per Fair. Fee: $225 per program. A mileage fee may apply.

Grades 9–12

  • NEW! Two-part program: Bioinspiration—Discover the Genius of Nature! During two one-hour sessions, high school students will be involved in hands-on activities and animal presentations that explore the concept of bioinspiration. In Session 1, students will discover the connections between natural and man-made items, then student teams will brainstorm and design a product, system, or service by using bioinspiration.
  • Working for Wildlife: High school students will discover a variety of careers in the zoo world—from animal keeper to zoo horticulturist. Assisted by a Zoo educator and Zoo animals, Dr. Zoolittle presents career information during the introduction, followed by a career challenge where students form groups and design a zoo exhibit. The teams present their exhibits and compete for the title of Best Zoo Team!


For Education programs for children, adults, & families, or any school-related programs, please call Zoo Education:

Call 619-557-3963

For Wildlife Sleepover questions and information only:

Call 619-718-3000

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