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.

  • Reservations must be made 3 weeks in advance.
  • Programs are 30 to 45 minutes.
  • All program curriculum is TEKS, STEM, and National Standards aligned.
  • Programs are offered on zoo grounds or offsite at your campus.
  • Classes are available by request using the online reservation form available at www.elpasozoo.org.
  • All classes are fun, interactive; hands-on, with opportunities for encounters with our education animals.

We offer opportunities for every grade level! What are you waiting for?

Register Today!

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:

  • There may be up to 25 students per class for most sessions
  • The minimum class size for most sessions is 20
  • $3 per student (100 students per day)
  • Zoo admission fees are extra at $5 per student and $7.50 per chaperone (1 chaperone for every 10 students at group rate).



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.

If you have questions please contact the Zoo Adventure Education Specialist Office, Cheyenne Garcia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Antonia Alvarado at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(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.

  • Reservations must be made 3 weeks in advance
  • Payment is due 2 weeks prior to your scheduled program
  • Zoo entrance fee not included but required
  • El Paso Zoological Society member receive a 10% discount
  • Participants Ages 7 and up (no exceptions)
  • Online Registration Required
  • Any one under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult

Jump to: Elephant Produce HuntBehind the Scenes ToursBehind the Scenes Tour Super Deluxe, Elephant ExperienceScout Badge Programs


Produce Hunt

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.

Program information:

  • $5 per person in addition to entrance fees
  • Minimum group size 15, Maximum group size 25

To register for an Elephant Produce Hunt click here: http://www.elpasozoo.org/Zoo-Adventure-OnDemand.php#AnimalProduceHunt


Behind the Scenes

Choose one or all to go back stage and meet culinary staff, veterinary staff or an up-close with one of our animals.

  1. Introduce yourself to the world of exotic animal culinary arts. It's bunches of fun.
  2. Learn about the dynamic industry of zoological veterinary medine. It's a prescription for adventure.
  3. Discover the life and times of our zookeepers at one of the animal habitats. It's a roaring good time.

Program Information:

  • 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • $15 per person
  • Minimum Group Size 5; Maximum Group Size 20

To register for a Behind the Scenes tour click here: http://www.elpasozoo.org/Zoo-Adventure-OnDemand.php#BehindScenes


Elephant Deluxe

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.

Program information:

  • $200 for 1-5 people

To register for a Behind the Scene tour Super Deluxe Elephant Experience click here:http://www.elpasozoo.org/Zoo-Adventure-OnDemand.php#BehindScenesTourDeluxeElephant


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.

Program Information:

  • 2 hour program
  • $15 per person in addition to entrance fees
  • Minimum group size 15; Maximum group size 30
  • Ages 5 and up

To register for Scout Badge Program click here: http://www.elpasozoo.org/Zoo-Adventure-OnDemand.php#ScoutPrograms

Zoo Adventure Programs open up a whole new world of wonder and excitement. Enhance your day at the zoo with special animal programs, hands-on activities, and an inside look at the El Paso Zoo! Browse through the scheduled programs listed below and register for an adventure!

If you have any questions please contact the Zoo Adventure Education Specialist Office, Cheyenne Garcia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Antonia Alvarado at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(915) 521-1894 to discuss more options. 


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.

Sleepover Dates:

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

If you don’t see a date that fits your needs, please contact Zoo Adventure Education Specialist Office, Cheyenne Garcia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Antonia Alvarado at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(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






Locally recognized as the Best Place to Take the Kids, the El Paso Zoo sits on 35 acres of fun and adventure. Bigger and better than ever, the El Paso Zoo is an expansive green space that is home to exotic animals from around the world and features family attractions such as the African Star Train and the Hunt Family Desert Spring. Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the El Paso Zoo's mission is to celebrate the value of animals and natural resources and creates opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature. 


The El Paso Zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA envisions a world where all people respect, value, and conserve animals and nature. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for yourself, and a better future for all living things. With more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation.