With school districts across the state returning to class and teachers planning their curriculum and field trips for the upcoming school year, it’s a good time to review the many educational engagement opportunities the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens offers.
The OKC Zoo’s mission is to better connect Oklahomans with wildlife and wild places. Supporting educational activities is a critical part of fulfilling that mission. School groups of 15 or more visiting the OKC Zoo receive a discount on all rides, shows and attractions. For every seven children, an adult chaperone is admitted free of charge. Click here to make an online reservation or call (405) 424-3344.
For field trip guidelines, teacher tips, parking information and more, click here.
If interested in scheduling an educational class during a group visit, please call the Zoo's Education Department at (405) 425-0218.
Bring the OKC Zoo to you! ZOObaru, presented by Bob Moore Subaru, outreach programs help students develop awareness and appreciation for the natural world! Through interacting with animals and professional animal caretakers, students make connections that foster commitments to environmental protection. Qualified zoo educators present these programs in classrooms and libraries to students. Program length varies according to grade and ranges from 30 minutes to an hour. For pricing and booking information, click here.
The Oklahoma Zoological Society (OZS), the Zoo's non-profit support group, provides scholarships to offset the cost of zoo education programs. These are available to pre-school through high school students, as well as youth and adult organizations meeting certain criteria. The deadline for 2018-2019 applications is Saturday, September 1, 2018. Learn more about the ZOOfriends’ Zoo FUNd for Kids program and submit an online application.
A number of educational resources from the Zoo are available for teachers to borrow for educational purposes. These include biome boxes, wild Oklahoma kits demonstrating the diversity of the state’s ecosystems, survival suitcases filled with illegal wildlife parts and products seized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, plus animal artifacts. It's easy to reserve educational zoo materials: call (405) 425-0218 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A $25 refundable, upon return, deposit is required.
School’s Out Day Camps offer unique experiences for students during the school season. In coordination with Oklahoma City Public Schools and other metro area districts’ calendars, the OKC Zoo’s education team will host day camps for students ages 4 to 11 when school is out. Children will focus on connecting with and caring for wildlife as they enjoy craft activities, meeting animal ambassadors, exhibit tours and other fun-filled, educational activities. Upcoming School’s Out Day Camps we be held on Monday, August 13; Tuesday, August 14; and Friday, August 15. Cost per camper/day is $40 (members) and $45 (nonmembers) and limited spaces are available. Camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Rosser Conservation Education Center at the far east end of the OKC Zoo parking lot. Snacks are provided, but campers must bring their lunch. Parents or guardians are required to provide a copy of their child's immunizations. Registration is available online at okczoo.org/camps or by phone at (405) 425-0218.