Title 1 ProgramMing With the Zoo
The Sacramento Zoo strives to provide unique science-based educational experiences to children of all ages. From field trips to a variety of virtual programming, we offer many ways for children to foster an understanding and appreciation of wildlife. We are also proud to offer a variety of education program scholarships to qualifying schools and organizations. Read on for more information on our varied programs and scholarship opportunities currently available.
*Discounts and scholarships can not be combined.
Applications MUST be submitted prior to registering.
Field Trip Scholarships
This Science Education Scholarship Program at the Sacramento Zoo is only possible through a generous grant from the U.S. Bank Foundation.
To apply, fill out the application below.
The application must be filled out 3 weeks in advance of your desired reservation date.
Field Trip Scholarship ApplicationAvailable to Title 1 schools only, this Science Education Scholarship Program at the Sacramento Zoo is only possible through a generous grant from the U.S. Bank Foundation. Once your application has been received, the Reservations Specialist will verify your Title 1 status and be in touch with the next step in the field trip reservation process.
Contact the Reservations Specialist with any questions.
Field trips are defined as an educational program attached to an organization (i.e.: charter school, college, home school, TK-12 public, preschool, private, schools for homeless, etc.).
- Scholarship request must be submitted a minimum of 3 weeks prior your planned visit date.
- Registration must be finalized with the zoo’s receipt of the signed Field Trip Agreement Form a minimum of 1 week in advance of the reservation date
- There must be 1 adult chaperone for every 8 minors under the age of 18.
- Everyone must enter together. Anyone arriving late must pay the general admission rate for entry.
- All school lunches must be eaten in William Land Park surrounding the zoo. Re-entry will be permitted upon prior approval by zoo staff.
- Face coverings are recommended outdoors and required indoors. By entering the zoo you are attesting to your compliance with this policy.
Virtual Program Scholarships
Made possible through a grant from the Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. Foundation
This 15-minute pre-recorded video features Sacramento Zookeepers and animals, interactive graphics, and integrated discussion breaks to engage your classroom in critical thinking and collaborative discussions. The theme of this video is healthy living- how the Sacramento Zoo keeps their animals healthy, and what all animals (including humans) need to stay healthy. Topics within the video include: eating styles of animals, food chains and food web, energy transfer from plants, and the food groups humans need. The video also includes a Teacher’s Guide which provides additional ELA and Math ideas for each grade level to seamlessly integrate into your curriculum.
Made possible by a grant from the Kelly Foundation
Program availability is limited and is first come first served. Only one program per class will be awarded.
Pre-recorded Wildlife Conservation Video
Through animal videos, zookeeper talks, and fun “guest” appearances, students learn about wildlife conservation and what they can do to help save the planet. This 25-minute, pre-recorded video also meets Next Generation Science Standards! It’s a great addition to any classroom curriculum, allowing educators to authentically incorporate the content into ELA and math lessons as well. This content also includes a Teacher’s Guide, with viewing suggestions and additional activities to further learning within California Curriculum Content standards. Click the link below to sign up and receive this free content for your classroom.
- Video includes two discussion breaks as well as a short exercise activity
- Video includes two discussion breaks
Looking for a virtual, interactive experience that will bring the zoo straight to your home or classroom? This versatile Zoom program can be tailored to any age group, event, and interest level. Learn from our zoo educators and animal ambassadors in this individualized, private program. Choose from the topics below or customize the length and theme to fit your group’s needs!
15-minute live program. Option to extend the program length in 15-minute increments up to 45-minutes with additional animal ambassadors.
One to two animal ambassadors in our basic Zoom program. Additional animal ambassadors and/or an exhibit enrichment will be incorporated if consecutive programs are booked.
An easy-to-follow packet* with activities to engage your group before and after your virtual encounter.
*Classroom packets are grade-specific and meet NGSS and ELA standards. They are also Google Classroom compatible!
Choose from one of the following three-set topics or contact the education staff to create your own!
- Birds of Prey – Hawks, owls, eagles, oh my! Meet one of our winged hunters to learn more about how birds of prey rule the skies.
- Reptiles – They might not be warm and fuzzy, but these cold-blooded creatures are sure to warm your heart!
- Habitats – All animals have a home, each unique in their own way. Learn how animals can live and thrive all around the world.
11 am, 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm
(Other times available by special order and at an additional cost – must be during zoo hours)
Zoo to You programs start at just $75
$5 discount on one program for zoo members
Members must be logged in to receive discount.
Are you looking for a new way to engage your staff or clients?
Consider a virtual break at the zoo! Contact the Education Staff for prices and bookings.
Special thanks to our Zoo to You Virtual Program Sponsor, 3D Technology Services
Available Summer 2022
The ZooMobile program brings live Animal Ambassadors to classrooms of 35 people or fewer within an hour’s drive.