Bring The Zoo To Your Classroom
The Education Department at the El Paso Zoo is committed 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. Offsite programs are offered October through February.
- All program curriculum is TEKS, STEM, and National Standards aligned.
- Programs are 30 to 45 minutes.
- Classes are available by request using the online reservation form.
- All classes are fun and interactive with opportunities for encounters with our education animals.
- For classroom style programs, there may be up to 40 students per session.
- Initial session is $115 with the option of two additional sessions at $75 each.
- Subsequent programs must start within 30 minutes of the previous.
- One curriculum program per visit.
- For auditorium style programs, there may be up to 200 students. Only one session per day.
- Auditorium style program is $150
- The maximum time we can spend at your school is 3 hours.
- Presentation room must be climate controlled between 70-75 degrees F° for the safety of the animals.
- For the health and safety of our animals, the El Paso Zoo Education Team may drive up to a 25 miles (in the state of Texas) from the zoo to visit your school or institution. If your school or institution is outside of this distance, consider bringing your group on a field trip to the Zoo!
Reservations must be made 3 weeks in advance.
For animal safety reasons we cannot guarantee any individual animal or class of animals.
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!
FREE Career Days
October 2019 to February 2020 only. This program allows for a 2-hour visit to your career day event or a 30-minute presentation for your assembly. Your students will learn about the many career paths they can follow at the Zoo, from zoo keeper to education to administration! Please note that this free program does not include live education animals. Scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Keyhole Gardens – (Grades: 2-8)
The importance of water for plants, animals, and people and an introduction to how people can conserve water and use resources wisely through keyhole gardening.
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.
Zoo to You (All Ages)
Have the El Paso Zoo come to your meeting or event for a 30-45 minute animal encounter presentation. Your group will meet up to three animals during this program, learning about their natural history and conservation! For the safety of our animals, the presentation area must be a temperature controlled (70-75 degree), indoor space. We cannot guarantee specific animals. Available October through February. The El Paso Zoo cannot bring animals to private residences.
- Classroom style program: Up to 40 people per session; maximum of 3 sessions per visit
- First session: $115; each additional session: $75
- Auditorium style program: 40 or more people; one auditorium style program per visit; $150