Education Center

A place for discovery

When it opens in 2017, the zoo's new education center will be filled with amazing things to see and do. You'll peer into the world of tiny wildlife at the new insect zoo. You'll find tips on the best places to paddle your canoe, view wildflowers or hike through a forest. You can sign up to help restore habitat or collect data about local wildlife.

Home to the zoo's summer camps and teen volunteer programs, the center will also include a 150-seat event space where you'll enjoy lectures from wildlife experts and screenings of inspiring nature documentaries. The outdoor plaza, bordered by woodland and gardens, will include a café and comfortable seating where you can relax and take a break during your zoo adventure.

 Thank you, campaign donors!

The Oregon Zoo Foundation's education campaign raised $1.7 million to support enhancements to the education center and the zoo's conservation education efforts.  Thank you for helping to make it a huge success!


Visitor experience

Whether you visit at the beginning or end of your day at the zoo, the new center will offer activities, adventures and connect you with nature in brand new ways. Visitors will be able to explore nature, see wildlife conservation in action and take action on behalf of the natural world.



A community destination

Thousands of kids and adults come to the zoo each year for camps, lectures and the zoo's unique volunteer opportunities. From classrooms tucked along a woodland trail to the beautiful 150-seat event space, the new center will offer immersive experiences in surroundings custom designed for learning about nature.


Design and construction

The zoo broke ground on the new Education Center in September 2015. With its location along the zoo's western perimeter, visitors to Washington Park and the zoo will be able to watch the center take shape over the next year and a half. Grand opening is scheduled for early 2017.