Outreach and On Grounds Programs

Find the Explorer in You

Help your students connect with classroom principles by experiencing them first hand. Visit the zoo and take part in our educational programs.

On Grounds Program Prices

Cost Per Person (Member discounts not applicable, however cost includes zoo admission.):

Pre-K - 1st Grade $7.00
2nd - 4th Grade $7.00
5th - 6th Grade $7.00
7th - 12th Grade $11.00
Parents & Chaperones $1.00
Teachers & Bus Drivers Free

To book an on-grounds program, call (405) 425-0218 with the following:

  • Possible dates and times.
  • The number of programs being requested.
  • The age(s) / grade(s) which will participate.
  • An estimate of how many students will attend.

Zoo Outreach Programs

Zoo outreach programs help students develop awareness and appreciation for the natural world. By seeing and touching real animals, students make connections which foster commitments to environmental protection. Qualified zoo educators present these programs in your classroom to your students. Program length varies according to grade and ranges from 30 minutes to an hour.

Outreach Program Offerings

Pre-K - 1st Grade
2nd - 4th Grade
5th - 6th Grade
7th - 12th Grade

Outreach Program Prices

Our programs are designed for 32 students or less. (Member discounts not applicable.):

  • A base fee of $100 applies to the first program.
  • If outside Oklahoma City limits, then a $.54 per mile charge applies.
  • Distance from OKC to your site is determined by O.D.O.T.
  • Additional programs booked for the same day at the same location are $75 each.
  • Some schools/organizations may qualify for a Zoo FUNd for Kids Grant.

Please note: Fees above are for regular education hours and days. An additional $25 fee applies to after-hours and/or Sunday programs. Programs depend on staff availability.

To book an outreach program, call (405) 425-0218 with the following:

  • Possible dates and times.
  • The address of your location.
  • The number of programs being requested.
  • The age(s) / grade(s) which will participate.
  • An estimate of how many students will attend.

Program Offerings

PRESCHOOL

Critter Tales

Reading comes to life as we combine children’s books, biofacts, and a live animal in this adventure for children ages 3 – 5. Content depends on featured animal (i.e., an armadillo, rabbit, hedgehog, lizard, owl, or a turtle).

K-1ST GRADE

Spots and Stripes

Animals have colors and patterns for a reason. Compare fur and feathers to see if they are hiding or warning of danger.

Egg-cellent Babies

Compare the colors, shapes, and sizes of eggs and discover why they are a safe place for a baby to grow.

Smell with Your Tongue

See it, hear it, smell it, and touch it! Experience the uncommon ways animals use their common senses.

2ND - 4TH GRADE

Animal Transformers

Some babies are born looking like their parents, others must transform. Discover animal life cycles where there’s more than meets the eye!

Camouflage

Now you see it, now you don’t! Learn how colors and patterns help animals hide.

Celebration of Elephants

It's a pachyderm party! Learn how the Zoo is making a "ton" of difference for Asian elephants worldwide. (Please note - This class is 30 minutes. Also, no live animals are presented in this class, only biofacts.)

Habitat Challenge

Where animals live determines what they look like. Check out the adaptations they use for survival.

Little Sod House on the Prairie

Take an imaginary journey by covered wagon to discover prairie wildlife and how the settlers learned to survive solely from the land.

Oklahoma Animals

Fabulous animals live all around us, but many have adapted to city living so well that you may never see them.

Sticky, Slimy, Stinky

What makes a frog's tongue sticky, a salamander slimy, or a skunk stinky? Discover the science behind what makes some animals sticky, slimy, stinky!

Zooperheroes

Kapow! Bam! Smash! It's Zooperheroes saving the day! Whether it's with the power of a possum or strength of a spider, we'll explore animals that inspire your favorite superheroes.

5TH - 6TH GRADE

Dinners & Diners

The stakes are high in this eat-or-be-eaten game! Explore the adaptations and feeding strategies that help predators and prey survive another day.

Keepers of the Earth

Water connects us with all animal and plant life. In this interactive program, students work to find a balance between man and nature in “our town.” (For groups of 40 or less)

Sticky, Slimy, Stinky

Why is a frog’s tongue sticky, a salamander slimy, or a skunk stinky? Discover the science behind what makes some animals sticky, slimy, stinky!

Taxonomy

What’s in a name? In this case, plenty of characteristics. Test your skills in a taxonomic matching game with animal artifacts.

Wildlife Crime Stoppers

Clues left by animals reveal something about them. Use math and animal artifacts to solve animal crimes.

Zooperheroes

Kapow! Blam! Smash! It's Zooperheroes saving the day! Whether it's with the power of a possum or strength of a spider, we'll explore animals that inspire your favorite superheroes.

7TH - 12TH GRADE

Animal Training

Learn how and why we train our zoo animals, the basics of behavior modification, and play the training game. Video footage of training sessions may be viewed.

Animal S.O.S. (Save Our Species)

Animals in Oklahoma and around the world are in trouble! Come discover why animals are endangered and what you can do to help.

Wildlife Crime Stoppers

Clues left by animals reveal something about them. Use math and animal artifacts to solve animal crimes. (For groups of 40 or less)

Zoo Design

Zoos face many challenges when creating animal exhibits. In this simulation game, teams make decisions about animals, buildings, and visitor amenities to create a 21st century zoo. (For groups of 40 or less)

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