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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.

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
(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. 

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.