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Scheduled Programs

Zoo Adventure Programs open up a whole new world of wonder and excitement. Enhance your zoo adventure with special animal programs, hands on activities and an inside look at the El Paso Zoo! Browse through the scheduled programs listed below and registerfor an adventure! More programs for schools and groups are listed on our On Demand page. 

If you have any questions please contact 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. 

Teacher's Workshops at the El Paso Zoo

All workshops are designed to meet the needs of K-12 teachers in many areas of science. Topics meet the TEKS and STARR curriculum for K-12 in conservation, animal adaptations, ecology, biodiversity, classification, and more. Earn CPE credits at the zoo!

Chihuahuan Desert workshops are designed to help you appreciate and increase your awareness of our desert and to teach basic knowledge of the animals that live in our backyard. You will understand how these animals are adapted to the desert and become empowered to help with conservation efforts. Join us for one or all of our workshops and you will be guaranteed a remarkable, learning, awe inspiring experience. 

Scheduled of Chihuahuan Desert Workshops:

8:30 am to 12:30 pm, DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
The minimum number group size is 20; the maximum group size is 30. $10 per person.

Online Registration Required. Make sure to fill in appropriate date on registration form.
Registration

For more information about a Chihuahuan Desert Workshop contact Antonia Alvarado, Zoo Adventure Education Specialist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (915) 521-1894.

Important Notes: Tour experiences may vary. Participants must abide by staff instructions at all times and stay with the group leader. The Zoo strives for full and equal participation of all visitors and continually upgrades facilities to make them more accessible. 

Click here to learn about Group Programs offered at the zoo. 

Monthly Programs at the El Paso Zoo

Behind the Scenes Adventures

Experience a Behind the Scenes Tour at the El Paso Zoo: Commissary, Animal Hospital and Animal Exhibit Area 
Makes a great field trip upgrade
(Ages 7 on up)

This adventure is a great way for your students, family and friends to go backstage and meet our culinary staff and see how they prepare menus for our exotic animals. Participants will get the inside scoop on how our vet staff cares for our animals and an in-depth conversation with one of our keepers at an animal exhibit. Ages 7 and up only and 1 paid adult present per 5 children. Minimum Group Size 5, Maximum Group Size 15.

March 8, 2014: Deadline to Register: February 24

May 10, 2014: Deadline to Register: April 26

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

Registration: $15 per person in addition to entrance fees. $13.50 for El Paso Zoological Society Members.


Sleepover Adventures
6pm-8am
(Ages 7 on up)
Have you ever wondered what happens to the animals when everyone has gone for the day and the Zoo is closed? Find out! Bring your pillow, toothbrush, sleeping bag and spend the night at the zoo! The Sleepover Adventures run from 6pm to 8am. 

Sleepovers include evening and early morning guided tours, live animal presentations, nighttime visits to see some of our animals (not all are available), animal related activities, become a scientist with radio telemetry and camera traps, campfire (when available) and a story. Light evening and morning snacks are included. Comfy camp cots are provided in a temperature controlled building. Bathrooms are located in same building or close by but no shower facilities. 

Sleepover Dates:
March 21,2014: Deadline to Register: March 7

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

Online Registration Required. Make sure to fill in appropriate date on registration form. 
Registration 

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.

Click here for Tentative Example Sleepover Schedule and Frequently Asked Questions.

Newest addition to the Zoo was designed to engage and delight young adventurers 


El Paso, TX (March 6, 2014) The El Paso Zoo is gearing up for Spring break, the zoo' s busiest week all year. This year's new attraction is sure to add adventure and excitement for every visitor. The Foster Tree House Playground will open for the first time on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. 

The five tree houses are blended into a natural setting for an imagination-filled, "free-play" and the tallest rises up to 16 feet off the ground. The playground provides kids of all ages a 360 degree view of the surrounding area, four slides, a crazy tunnel, log climbers and cargo netting. Tree house explorers will be able to create a whole new adventure. This playground is unique, and nothing like it can be found anywhere else in the southwest. 

The Foster Tree House Playground is located next to the Hunt Family Desert Spring splash pad, an interactive water play area which features dancing water, gushers, spray tunnels, tower sprays, pop-its and more, will also open for the season this Saturday. From March 8- 16, spring breakers will be able to enjoy daily Giraffe Encounters (public giraffe feeding) at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. as well as special programming to include animal training presentations throughout the day. For special programming times and locations, visit www.elpasozoo.org. The African Star Train and carousel will be open daily at 10 a.m. for additional family fun. Come play at the El Paso Zoo! 

The Zoo's cafes offer delicious eats and treats for all to enjoy including Starbucks brand coffee, iced coffee and a variety of Tazo teas. Local favorites such as corn in the cup, spiral potatoes, churros and more are available for all to savor. 

Locally recognized as the Best Place to Take the Kiddos, 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 celebrates the value of animals and natural resources and creates opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature. For more information, visit elpasozoo.org. For news and exclusive content, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/elpasozoo) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/theelpasozoo).
Program Encourages Community Stewardship by Training Volunteers to Report Frogs and Toads in Local Wetlands 

​El Paso, TX (March 31, 2014) – The El Paso Zoo, in cooperation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), is offering in-person chapter coordinator training workshops throughout the country with the support of National Science Foundation grant funding. A workshop will be offered at the El Paso Zoo on Saturday, May 3. Register Online

Registration closes on April 23 at 3p.m. Mountain Time. Additional workshops are being scheduled and online coordinator training courses are also available.

Amphibians play an important role in the health of ecosystems. As a result of habitat destruction, pollution, environmental changes, and other factors, more than 1/3 of the world's amphibian species are facing the largest mass extinction since the dinosaurs. Take action and celebrate the “spring forward” time change by engaging in amphibian conservation in your community. 

FrogWatch USATM is a citizen science program dedicated to collecting information about frog and toad populations, raising awareness about amphibians and wetlands, and engaging the public in science. FrogWatch USA volunteers have been collecting data on the frogs and toads heard calling in local wetlands during evenings from February through August since 1998, and together contribute to a long-term, large-scale effort to gather information on species presence, habitat use, and changes over time. Previously abundant amphibian populations have experienced dramatic population declines in the United States, and the data collected by citizens scientists can help understand the scope, geographic scale, and causes of population declines to inform conservation and research efforts. 

You do not have to be a frog or toad expert to make an important contribution. There are more than 100 FrogWatch USA chapters across the nation available to train and support volunteers. Join a local chapter and learn how to identify frogs and toads by their unique breeding calls, select a wetland monitoring site, and collect and submit data. Data are input online to a nationwide data entry and visualization system which is readily accessible by anyone with an interest in frogs and toads. FrogWatch USA’s online data entry, mapping, and analysis system is powered by FieldScope, a platform developed by the National Geographic Society for citizen science projects. Locate a chapter on the interactive chapter map, or use other maps, graphs, and calling calendar visualizations to determine when species are likely to be heard calling, compare observations over time, and examine how species compositions change across regions. Learn more about data collection, entry, and visualization by visiting www.aza.org/frogwatch. 

Locally recognized as the Best Place to Take the Kiddos, 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 celebrates the value of animals and natural resources and creates opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature. For more information, visit elpasozoo.org. For news and exclusive content, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/elpasozoo) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/theelpasozoo).