Classes & Programs
The Education Department supports the conservation mission of the Zoo by offering experiences that inspire an appreciation of wildlife and an understanding of our relationship to the natural world. We have many programs for infants through adults, featuring a rich array of activities such as wildlife crafts and games, keeper talks, Zoo tours, close-up animal encounters, and a Junior Keeper Club for youths interested in animal careers. For teens, we offer numerous volunteer opportunities.
Early Childhood Programs
1 1/2 - 3 1/2 years old
Little Learners is designed for young learners and their caregivers. Each 1.5 hour class focuses on a different animal and includes a craft, small snack, animal visitors (from our educational collection) and a room full of exciting discoveries. We cannot offer behind-the-scenes with our wild animals, but we will visit their exhibits as a part of class. Although mostly structured, all activities are optional, which makes for a pressure-free introduction to the classroom. Weekly topics cover six different fascinating animals. This year round program offers different animal lessons every session. You may sign up for one or more classes; save if you register for the full 6 week session. No more than one adult per child.
Little Learners 2 ½ - 3 ½ years
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3-4 years old
Filled with music, crafts, games, animal visitors and Zoo walks, Animal Adventures is designed for 3 and 4-year-olds and their caregivers. Each class focuses on a specific letter and corresponding animal. Different animal themes are presented throughout the year. Animal Adventures also utilizes other preschool concepts such as colors, patterns and sizes to highlight the animals. You may sign up for one or more classes; save if you register for the full 6 week session. No more than one adult per child.
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Older Children's Programs
5 to 8 Years Old
Our 5-8 year-old young zoologists love learning about amazing animal classifications and what makes each group unique. Please check our Calendar of Events for details and to register for this monthly class. Activities include crafts, games, Zoo walks and snack. And get up close and personal with some of our special Zoo animals!
For more information: (415) 753-8140 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Fee: SFZS Members $30; all others $35 for individual classes. Pre-registration required.
Junior Keeper Club
If you are 9 to 12 years old and interested in animals or a career in animal care, this club is for you!
2014 JKC Meeting Dates:
- The Club's quarterly newsletter
Membership fee: $40 for annual membership for 4 quarterly meetings. View our Calendar of Events to register.
For more information: (415) 753-8135 or e-mail email@example.com
Bring your bicycle to the Zoo for this 1-1/2 hour riding tour. Our informative docents will guide you as you see the animals start their day. You may find a tiger yawning and stretching, a bear bathing or monkeys swinging through the branches for their morning exercise. It’s great to be in the Zoo ahead of the crowds!
We have BikeAbouts scheduled on a monthly basis February through October and on special occasions like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, where we finish our bike ride with a continental breakfast. You can also schedule your own private BikeAbout for groups of 10 or more. Please check our Calendar of Events for details and online registration.
Fee: Per peddler - $18 for SFZS Members; $23 Non-Members. Children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes free. (Prices vary for Father's and Mother's Day BikeAbouts).
Experience the Zoo in a whole new light – twilight! Twilight Tours are a fun-filled and educational tour experience. Groups go on a nocturnal safari and meet a Zookeeper for an up-close animal encounter. Games, and evening snack and activities are all part of the wild adventure! Twilight Tour are from 6:30pm-9:00pm, for children ages 3 and up. Themed Tours are scheduled throughout the year, but if you have a group of 15 or more you may schedule your own tour.
For more information: (415) 753-8135 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you think you can't draw a straight line, much less a moving wild animal, these workshops are for you! Join us for an informal and relaxing introduction to drawing your favorite animals. Learn fundamental drawing skills, proportion, pencil techniques and much more. Class begins with a sketching tour of the Zoo, then instruction moves to more refined portraits using the Zoo's wildlife supplemented by photos. Open to beginners and experienced artists. Your only prerequisite is a love of wildlife! Click here for upcoming class descriptions and dates.
For more information: (415) 753-8135 or email@example.com
Don't miss a chance to meet renowned conservation experts from around the world. They will be here to share stories, pictures and refreshments as they talk about important conservation projects and discoveries. We thank the McBean Family Foundation for its continuing support of this lecture series. Please check our Calendar of Events for class and speaking details.
For more information: (415) 753-7073
Enjoy a guided walking tour with almost the whole Zoo to yourself! Watch the animals that are active early in the day, with a guide right there to answer your questions and offer fascinating insights into animal behavior.
Senior Stroll is held quarterly from 9 to 10:15 a.m.
March 14, 2013
For More Information: (415) 753-7073 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org