ZooSchool programs offer students the opportunity to interact with zoo education staff, engage with touchable biofacts and observe animals first-hand.
All ZooSchool programs include a presentation by zoo education staff, touchable biofacts, animals and hands-on activities. Programs are available at the zoo and at schools across the Portland metropolitan area. Additional charges or restrictions may apply to programs outside the Portland area. Presentations are age-appropriate and reinforce academic standards in Oregon and Washington.
ZooSchool has been filled for the 2014-15 school year.
Preschool- New for 2015-16!
Feathers for flying, scales for slithering, fur for fluffing: Discover how different body coverings help animals survive. Includes a bird, reptile and mammal, with at least one touchable animal.
Like people, animals need a safe place to live and raise a family. Learn what birds and other animals look for in the perfect home. Includes two animals, at least one touchable.
Insects aren't the only type of invertebrate! Explore the incredible diversity of 'bugs' through hands-on encounters and activities. Compare different types of invertebrates: their shapes, sizes, and roles in the ecosystem. Includes four invertebrate species, at least one touchable.
Animals have adaptations to help them find food and avoid becoming food. Learn how adaptations in feet, teeth, fur and feathers help animals survive. Includes three animals, at least one touchable.
A bug's life
Egg, larva, metamorphosis and adult: Examine the life cycles of various invertebrates and learn about their roles in ecosystems in which they live. Includes four invertebrate species, at least one touchable.
Home sweet habitat
Explore differences between animal homes and discover what all living things need for survival. Includes a bird, reptile and mammal, with at least one touchable animal.
Jungle creatures and their special features
The rainforests are home to many amazing creatures. Explore adaptive features that help rainforest animals survive and find food. Includes three animals, with at least one touchable.
The great Northwest is home to many hard-to-find creatures, especially if you don't know what to look for! Journey through diverse Oregon habitats and discover how tracks, scat and other animal signs tell the stories about the animals all around. Includes three native animals, at least one touchable.
Animal training 101
Caring for zoo animals involves more than just scooping poop. Learn how zookeepers train animals to participate in their care, keeping their bodies healthy and their minds active. Includes an opportunity for students to practice training techniques. Includes three animals, at least one touchable.
Cost per group
Fee for ZooSchool programs at the zoo does not include zoo admission. Maximum group size per session is 32 students.
At the zoo
|Grade||Duration||Fee, September to March
||Fee, April to June|
|preK through first||30 minutes||$60||$75|
|second and third||40 minutes||$70||$85|
|fourth and fifth||40 minutes||$70||$85|
|sixth through 12th||50 minutes||$80||$95|
At your school
|Grade||Duration||Fee, first presentation
Fee, each additional presentation
|preK through first||30 minutes||$80||$65|
|second and third||40 minutes||$95||$80|
|fourth and fifth||40 minutes||$95||$80|
|sixth through 12th||50 minutes||$110||$95|
Register for ZooSchool
ZooSchool programs are available mid-September to mid-June at the zoo or mid-September through April at your school. Two weeks advance booking is required.