Zoo To You Program
What would your group say if you had a brightly colored macaw or a 14 foot Burmese python at your next school, church or civic event?
What if you could have a program that was both entertaining and educational and featured some of the “wildest wonder” you can imagine?
You Can! The Washington Park Zoo’s — Zoo to You education programs can add a touch of wild to your next event.
Zoo to You is a traveling educational program that visits schools, libraries, community centers, senior centers/housing, day care centers, scout groups, etc. Each program includes live animals such as mammals, birds and reptiles. We also use biofacts (animal-related artifacts) to create a hands-on experience for the participants.
Zoo to You offers programs on a variety of topics (adaptations, habitats, endangered species, etc.), and our programs are designed to be suitable for specified age groups.
Frequently Asked Questions about Zoo to You
What is the Zoo to You program?
Zoo to You is a traveling educational program that visits schools, libraries, community centers, senior centers/housing, day care centers, scout groups, etc. Each program includes live animals such as birds, reptiles, and invertebrates, among others, and some of the animals may be touchable. We also use biofacts (animal-related artifacts) to create a hands-on experience for the participants.
What are the operating hours of the Zoo to You program?
Zoo to You has a very flexible schedule: weekdays, evenings, or weekends! Please call to check for availability.
What lessons does the Zoo to You program teach?
Zoo to You strives to integrate its message into what lessons or subject matter your facility is teaching.
How long is the Zoo to You program?
Each program lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour. The educator adjusts the length of each program based on the interest of the participants. The educator will also shorten or cancel any program if the welfare of the animals is compromised in any way.
How much does a Zoo to You program cost?
The price of each Zoo to You program depends on the location of each program. Please see price chart below for cost. Please note that the price of the program may change, so please confirm the price with the reservationists before booking your program. We request that payment is made in full two weeks in advance to keep your confirmation.
How soon in advance must I reserve my program?
We request that each program is booked a minimum of three weeks in advance. We recommend that you reserve your program ASAP as date’s book quickly.
What types of animals will visit my facility and how many?
Generally, Zoo to You will bring 4 or 5 animals to your program. The education collection at the zoo has a variety of small animals that are specifically chosen for outreach programming. The types of animals we may use depend on the topic of the program. Due to Zoo protocol regarding animal care and scheduling, we are unable to make any guarantees on which types of animals are brought for a program. However, we strive to bring a variety of animals suitable for your group.
A $150.00 donation is requested for each program, with 100% of proceeds going toward support and development of our Education Department.
For programs that require travel, Zoo staff will travel 30 miles roundtrip at no additional charge. However, to properly maintain our equipment and vehicles, all programs beyond a 30-mile roundtrip radius are charged an additional mileage expense, as follows:
|1 — 10 miles||
11 — 25 miles
26 — 50 miles
For more information on one of our Educational Programs, or to arrange a program for your group, please contact us.