Community outreach

The Oregon Zoo reaches beyond its boundaries and into the community with programs for all ages.

The Oregon Zoo is a community of humans, animals, and ecosystems. Conservation, wildlife and community service form the fabric of the zoo's community outreach programs.

Summertime Urban Nature Overnights offer low-income third to fifth graders a chance to experience the natural world, develop an appreciation of public lands and learn about wildlife conservation and stewardship issues.

Wild Life Live! shows are free, on summer days at the zoo. They feature native birds of prey such as bald eagles and barn owls. Wild Life Live! also visits schools and community organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington in fall and winter.

Zoo Animal Presenters are teenagers who head into the community to teach and serve. They work with live animals to give presentations at community centers, teach outdoor recreation skills to Urban Nature Overnight campers, and form conservation teams that do field and lab work with native plants and animals.