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Student & Youth Groups

Grant-funded Programs

At a Glance

  • San Diego County Schools—Select Districts
  • Classes Available for Grades K–5
  • For more information, email EducationZoo@sdzwa.org
  • For Kindergarten–Grade 1 classes at Title I schools in San Diego County:

    Wild at Heart

    Blending social and emotional learning, and Next Generation Science Standards, this two-part program includes a visit to your classroom and a field trip to the Zoo for your class, to inspire empathy for wildlife. Students will learn what animals need to survive and what body parts help with survival, and will be able to commit to at least one empathy-related conservation action. Bus transportation reimbursement is provided.

    For all Grade 2 classes in San Diego County:

    Habitat Heroes

    For over 50 years, the San Diego Zoo has offered a free field trip to all second-grade classes in San Diego County that includes an up-close wildlife encounter and a guided bus tour of the Zoo. This NGSS-aligned program lets students be scientists, and discover the variety of plants and animals from habitats here in San Diego and around the world. Students are challenged to make observations, discover patterns, and compare wildlife across habitats. 

    For Grade 3 classes at Title I schools in San Diego County:

    Forecast Climate Science

    In this two-part program that includes a classroom visit and a field trip to the Zoo, students will discover how San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is working toward creating positive changes for our climate. As climate scientists, students will investigate how animals are adapted to various climates around the world, how a changing climate might impact wildlife on a global scale, and how they can be a part of the solution as allies for the healthy future of our planet. Bus transportation reimbursement is provided.

    For Grade 4 classes at Title I schools in San Diego County:

    Sensational Scientists

    This three-part program aims to inspire students to be scientists, as they observe and document the various ways wildlife use their senses to navigate and understand their world. Zoo educators, Dr. Zoolittle, and wildlife ambassadors will engage students in hands-on activities in the classroom program, Zoo field trip, and virtual classroom program. Throughout all program components, students will explore how plants and animals experience the world through their senses, and how their sensory structures help them to accomplish many key aspects of survival.

    For Grade 5 classes at Title I schools in Southern San Diego County:

    Wildlife Rangers

    Fifth-grade classes at select districts in San Diego County will become community scientists, as they learn the important role that wildlife rangers play in protecting our local habitats, including our unique biodiversity hotspot right here in San Diego! This two-part program includes a classroom visit and a field trip to a local wildlife refuge. Students will practice scientific skills used by wildlife rangers and conservation specialists—locally and around the world—to protect wildlife.

    *Available to Title 1 schools in the following districts: Alpine Union, Cajon Valley, Chula Vista, Coronado, Dehesa, Jamul-Dulzura, Lakeside, La Mesa/Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, Mountain Empire Unified, National Elementary, San Diego Unified, Santee, San Ysidro, and South Bay Union.


    For more information about any of these programs, please visit bookeo.com/sdzed-programs, or for more information, please email EducationZoo@sdzwa.org.

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