So you've been in El Paso for a while now and you're looking for something new… maybe even a little wild? How about getting into a staring contest with a pride of lions? Or catching an infectious smile as a family of meerkats shoot a curious glance your way?
It's not the typical El Paso experience, but, then again, visiting the El Paso Zoo is anything but typical. The park looks as though it was carved right out of the city, an expansive green space that is home to exotic animal species from around the world.
You can count on us to be your #1 life and environmental science education resource!
The Education Department at the El Paso Zoo is committed and dedicated to helping teachers and educators create a connection with their students and wildlife. We'll help you make your class wild by helping you integrate conservation into your curriculum.
We offer opportunities for every grade level! What are you waiting for?
All about Water (Grades K-3)
Students will learn about water sources in El Paso and why water is a limited resource that needs to be conserved.
Animals of the Chihuahuan Desert (Grades 3-12)
Students will learn about Chihuahuan Desert animals, plants, and the adaptations needed to survive in our desert.
Animal Wrappers (Day Care, Head Start, Pre-K-3)
Students will discover the different coverings of mammals, birds and reptiles. They will also learn about how these coverings help the animals survive in their habitats.
Biomes of the World (Grades 6-12)
This interactive program will allow students to better understand how life is dependent upon and interacts with the non-living elements of an ecosystem.
Careers at the Zoo(Grades 4-12) Zoos offer several career choices. Students will learn about many of these zoo careers such as zookeeper, exotic animal veterinarian, education specialist, zoo director, and so much more!
Our World Our Friend (Grades K-12)
Students will learn about the importance of biodiversity. How are our everyday lives affecting animals and plants around the world?
Venomous Animals (Grades 3 and up)
Students will learn how to identify venomous animals of the El Paso area. They will also learn the importance of these animals and how they help balance our ecosystems.
CAREER VET DAY High School and College Students only - 9 -11:30 am - Minimum is one student, maximum is 2. High School students who want to explore a career in veterinary medicine will spend two hours shadowing the veterinary staff behind the scenes learning and experiencing what it's like to be a veterinarian. $20.00 per participant (Admission not included and not required).
Program Information at the Zoo:
REGISTRATION LINK HERE
Please note: For most programs students will get an up close look at some of our educational animals and biofacts. Animals in our education collection include reptiles (snakes, tortoises and other reptiles), birds (parrots), invertebrates (venomous and non venomous) and mammals (chinchilla, hedgehog, ferret and other mammals). For animal safety reasons we cannot guarantee any individual animal or class of animals. Please note that like people, animals sometimes have a bad day or are sick and on these days some animals may not be available. There may be an option for participants to touch an educational animal depending on group size and age.
(915) 521-1894 to discuss more options.
Group programs offer an exciting animal adventure for you, your students, cub scouts, girl scouts, church or any organization.
Important program information:
These rules apply to all group programs unless otherwise stated.
Make it a field trip upgrade! Participate in a 30 minute experience inside the elephant’s exhibit that includes assisting elephant keepers in hiding fruits, veggies and more for the biggest living land mammals in the world, Asian elephants! After the food is hidden everyone then moves back into the main viewing area to watch the elephants find the food.
To register for an Elephant Produce Hunt click here: http://www.elpasozoo.org/Zoo-Adventure-OnDemand.php#AnimalProduceHunt
BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS
Choose one or all to go back stage and meet culinary staff, veterinary staff or an up-close with one of our animals.
To register for a Behind the Scenes tour click here: http://www.elpasozoo.org/Zoo-Adventure-OnDemand.php#BehindScenes
BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR SUPER DELUXE ELEPHANT EXPERIENCE
You, your family and friends can take a special behind the scenes tour of our elephant facility. The tour offers an opportunity to help give one of our Asian elephants a bath. Once the soap has been rinsed off and the elephant is clean, you have the opportunity to help our keepers feed her breakfast before she moves into the exhibit yard.
To register for a Behind the Scene tour Super Deluxe Elephant Experience click here:http://www.elpasozoo.org/Zoo-Adventure-OnDemand.php#BehindScenesTourDeluxeElephant
SCOUT BADGE PROGRAMS
Earn your scout badge with up close experiences with animals during this 2 hour program! Your troop can request a special time and date just for you.
To register for Scout Badge Program click here: http://www.elpasozoo.org/Zoo-Adventure-OnDemand.php#ScoutPrograms
Have you ever wondered what happens to the animals when everyone has gone for the day and the Zoo is closed?
Bring your pillow, toothbrush, sleeping bag and spend the night at the zoo to find out!
Payment due 10 days in advance of program.
Ages 7 and up and at least 1 paid adult per 5 children and teens under age 18.
$30 per person.
El Paso Zoological Society Members $27.00 per person.
(Admission not included and not required).
Only 25 spots available.
May 16, 2014: Deadline to Register: May 2
June 20, 2014: Deadline to Register: June 6
July 18, 2014: Deadline to Register: June 4
August 15, 2014: Deadline to Register: August 1
September 19, 2014: Deadline to Register: September 5
October 17,2014: Deadline to Register: October 3
November 14, 2014: Deadline to Register: November 1
February 20, 2015: Deadline to Register: February 4
March 13, 2015: Deadline to Register: March 1
(915) 521-1894 to discuss more options.
Online Registration Required. Make sure to fill in appropriate date on registration form.
Click here to register for your sleepover adventure
Take a sneak peek Behind-the-Scenes. This adventure is a great way for your students, family and friends to go backstage and get up-close and personal with our animals and zoo keepers.
Participants will get the inside scoop on how the staff care for our animals during an in-depth conversation with one of our keepers.
$15 per person in addition to entrance fees. $13.50 for El Paso Zoological Society Members.
June 14, 2014: Deadline to Register: June 1
July 12, 2014: Deadline to Register: June 30
August 9, 2014: Deadline to Register: July 26
September 13, 2014: Deadline to Register: August 31
October 11, 2014: Deadline to Register: September 26
November 8, 2014: Deadline to Register: October 26
December 13, 2014: Deadline to Register: November 31
January 10. 2015: Deadline to Register: December 26
February 14, 2015: Deadline to Register: February 1
March 14, 2015: Deadline to Register: March 1
April 11, 2015: Deadline to Register: March 28
May 9, 2015: Deadline to Register: April 28